Maybe I have a rose-tinted memory but I always remember GLD and DAN as two MF coast stations where the Morse was always something to be admired.
When arriving from the West, or crossing the Bay homeward bound, GLD's was not necessarily the fastest Morse, but always rock steady, dependable and rhythmic, easily copied through the gabble from French and Spanish stations.
There is an excellent example attached to post #24 here. I don't have any idea of the date but that is the sort of Morse I would recognise as typical GLD.
Any sensible R/O avoided tankers like the plague. I believe that those unwise enough to sail in them went troppo when up the gulf and emitted on regular occasions morse somewhat similar to the end piece of the GLD TFC list