The Press: Mutiny on the Guide

In the 1860s, one Will F. Empey had a perch atop San Francisco's Telegraph Hill, there watched the comings & goings of sailing ships. The Guide, the broadsheet he got out to list each sailing, came to be the bible of West Coast seamen, called itself the oldest shipping paper in the U.S. The wartime ban on publishing ship movements should have been enough to put it out of business.

But Publisher William Charles Empey (Will's son), decided to keep going. Each day through World War II, the Guide appeared as usual—but the back page, where ship movements were formerly listed, was...

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