BATES, William

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BATES, William ( - )


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In the News~

August 17, 1884 [SBDP]: “Good fishing. Yesterday some of the members of the Union Club had a fishing test. Messrs. Bates, Winchester, and Eddy sailed in Jack’s boat. Messrs. Broome, Knapp and Culbertson sailed in Larco’s sloop. Each boat fished about four hours. The party in Jack’s boat caught 75 fish. Those in Larco’s boat caught 54 fish. Only barracudas and bonitas were caught, weighing from three to eighteen pounds each. The combined catch weighed over 200 pounds.”


August 22, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Trying experience of a couple of men in a sailboat. After three days and two nights without food, William Bates and George Culbertson arrived last night on the stage from El Capitan. They left Gaviota on Sunday morning for this city, and were becalmed in the afternoon near More’s Landing. They laid there for awhile and then got in their small boat and rowed as long as they could, towing the sailboat. They dared not land, as the coast was too rocky in that vicinity, and on Saturday evening a strong southeast gale came up. They took in one sail and the other was blown away. They then dropped anchor and, overcome by exhaustion, laid down and went to sleep. During the night they drifted about twelve miles up the coast, dragging their anchor, and on Monday morning they left the boat and rowed ashore in the little boat, making El Capitan, where they awaited the stage. Charles Bates and Harold Doulton started this morning with the launch Chispa to bring back the sailboat.”


August 18, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “William Bates is now constructing a boat that is intended expressly for skipping over the water and not through it. His boat will be sloop-rigged, twenty-six feet overall length, with ten feet beam, and will have about eight hundred feet of sail when complete. Mr. Bates designed and is building this racer after the plan of the old-style New England Cape cat, a veritable ‘sandbag,’ and will draw only three inches of water forward and ten inches aft, with a knife center-board. They are known as ‘bouncers,’ and hard to beat. This one will be competed in about two months. It will have a fine cabin and will race anything in the channel. Mr. Bates talks of naming her Chappo.”


May 23, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “A post office inspector arrived from Los Angeles on tonight’s train, and tomorrow her will measure the new additions to the local fleet in the channel, including Messrs. Newton and Bates’s yachts, Captain Larco’s Lizzie Belle W and others. The new law as to the use of gasoline launches for passenger traffic has made this visit of inspection necessary.”


May 24, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Special Deputy Collector Charles J. W. Sjoberg came up from Los Angeles last night at the request of Inspector C. M. Bell, and at 10 A.M. today made official measurements of the two new yachts recently launched by Messrs. Newton and Bates.”


June 6, 1897 [SBMP]: “A yachting party, the guests of Mr. William Bates and his new boat, left yesterday for the islands, expecting to return this evening.”


June 10, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “William Bates and party, who sailed away in the Chappo on Sunday, are camping at the islands…”


June 21, 1897 [SBDN]: “William Bates’ pride goes ashore on Santa Cruz Island. News was received here this morning of the loss of the Chappo, a yacht recently constructed by W. Bates, in Chinese Harbor, during the windstorm of Monday, a week ago. It seems the yacht was sailed into the harbor and that the men aboard could not get her out. They then anchored her, rowing ashore in a small boat. During the storm of June 14 she dragged her anchor, going shore in the rocks, where it is reported she went to pieces. Besides William Bates there were on the yacht, George Culberson, Mr. House and a man by the name of Alex.”


June 23, 1897 [SBMP]: “Deputy Collector C. M. Bell received last night, the necessary papers, blanks and instructions for an official report on the wrecking of the yacht, Chappo, at Santa Cruz Island. It seems that the boat was out without a license and without permission, and had a revenue cutter happened along, Chappo would have been liable to confiscation. When on a recent visit here, special collector Charles J. W. Sjoberg gave permission to local crafts, including Chappo and La Olita to sail about the harbor, but not to go away until their masters had received the necessary license, which could not be given until the official number and name of each boat had been properly carved, the boats inspected and other legal requirements complied with…”


June 22, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “William Bates went to the islands yesterday in his new yacht Petrel. He was accompanied by James Bush and West Thompson. A heliograph was taken with them, and daily communication will be held with a station on Dibblee Hill.”


July 11, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Will Bates and a party of friends started last night in his yacht Petrel for a month’s cruise among the Channel Islands.”


July 14, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Petrel has returned with Will Bates and his party, owing to the loss of their small boat, without which they could not make a landing at the islands. They had started on a month’s cruise.”


July 29, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Challenged to race. The recent excitement in yachting circles has resulted in a challenge from Bates Brothers, owners of the Petrel, to Captain Newton of the Olita, for a special series of races, to be sailed in this channel for a purse of $50. The races are to be a week apart, and the rival yachts are to be refitted with new sails for this special contest.”


July 29, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Will Bates and H. S. Short have completed the hull of another yacht, which is thirty-three feet in length, with a nine-foot beam. She is expected to be a formidable rival for favor and sailing qualities among the fast growing fleet of the Santa Barbara Channel, and will cost over $700.”


December 1, 1898 [SBMP]: “The Bates brothers have their yacht, the Petrel, at Santa Cruz Island for overhauling and repainting. They will soon bring the craft back, probably this week.”


March 23, 1899 [SBMP]: “The Lark. The new racing boat will be given her trial trip this afternoon. The new racing boat Lark which has attracted so much attention and which has created an interest in boating that will result, it is hoped, in the inauguration of this splendid sport and recreation here this summer, will be given her trial trip this afternoon. If she comes up to the expectations of the builder, several gentlemen will give orders to have boats built and some interesting races may be expected this season. Boats of this model were immensely popular last year with the yachting clubs in the east, where there are a great many now being built.”


August 4, 1899 [SBMP]: “Twelve tons of seals. Forty of them arrive from the islands yesterday. Island fleet of boats runs a race across the channel. Pearl the winner... Petrel, Captain Bates, and Pearl, Captain Vasquez, were also ready to start, when one of the skippers, probably Captain Burtis of the Santa Rosa, proposed a race to Santa Barbara... and at 1:30 the little Pearl ran inside beyond the wharf and dropped her anchor...”


August 28, 1899 [SBDI]: “The sail boat Petrel arrived at two o’clock yesterday morning with a heavy load of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company. This is the first consignment of fish for the company’s plant in this city, and to William Bates, the owner of the boat, is due the honor of bringing the first crustaceans to be canned in Santa Barbara...”


December 28, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “A number of local yacht owners are considering the proposition of a race to take place before long on the channel. The water has been as smooth as glass for several weeks, and many boating parties have been out. H. S. Short’s Ariel, Newton’s Olita, Bates’ Petrel and with these the schooner Big Loafer might contest. Mr. Short said this afternoon that he expected to be able to bring about a race. No money is to be put up by any of the owners, and the race will be purely a sporting event.”


July 7, 1900 [SBMP]: “Mr. Bates boat, the Petrel, left yesterday for the islands on a seal hunt.”


August 14, 1901 [SBMP]: “William Bates is arranging to repair his yacht Petrel. The Petrel is one of the well-known channel yachts. She is to have a new set of sails, and everything will be refitted in the best possible manner.”


August 29, 1901 [SBMP]: “The sloop yacht Petrel sails today in command of her owner, William Bates, for a cruise to the islands. The Petrel has been overhauled and comes forth fresh and all ship-shape.”


September 10, 1901 [SBMP]: “The sloop Petrel sailed yesterday in command of her owner, William Bates, for Santa Cruz Island and southern ports... West Thompson, Dave Smith and Lawrence Bates are aboard.”