BURTIS, Samuel Henry

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Captain Samuel Henry Burtis, Santa Barbara Cemetery

BURTIS, Samuel Henry Sr. (1830-1915), New York-born sea captain, Santa Barbara resident and master of the Santa Cruz Island Company’s schooner Star of Freedom in the 1880s. Great Register of Santa Barbara County 1877 lists Burtis as having transferred from Mendocino County, registered October 28, 1876. The New Directory of the City of Santa Barbara, 1888 lists Samuel H. Burtis, Sr., seaman, residing on Quarantina Street between Montecito and Guiterrez streets. The Great Register of the County of Santa Barbara, 1896 described Burtis as 5'7" tall with a light complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair, missing the index finger of his left hand. The accounts book for the Santa Cruz Island Company shows that Captain Burtis had a wine account with the Company from December, 1895 to February, 1896.

After the turn of the century, Burtis was well known for his role as captain of the Restless. He had lived in Santa Barbara for nearly forty years at the time of his death, and was said to have visited “nearly every foreign port.” Burtis died in his East Guiterrez Street home at age 85, and is buried in the Santa Barbara Cemetery with both his first wife, Mary (1841-1891), and his second wife, Susan Lehner (1853-1937), whom he married on December 6, 1892. He was survived by his only son from his first marriage, Samuel Burtis Jr., who also became a sea captain, and by his second wife, Susan.

On July 28, 2000 the Santa Cruz Island Foundation added the names of Samuel H. Burtis and Susan Burtis to the granite headstone in the Santa Barbara Cemetery, which for some unknown reason, lacked their names.


Samuel Henry Burtis (1830-1915) = [1861] Mary (1841-1891)

  • 1. Samuel Burtis, Jr. (1862-1939) = Annie Genevieve Lawrence (1871-1942)
: 1. girl (died)
: 2. girl (died)
: 3. Irene Burtis 
: 4. May Burtis Luhr (1907-


Samuel Henry Burtis = [1892] Susan Lehner (1853-1937) [second wife]





In the News~

July 17, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance has just been purchased by the More Brothers of Santa Rosa Island, and Mr. Burtis, formerly mate of the Star of Freedom, has been appointed sailing master. Mr. Burtis is well known as a thorough seaman, and the owners have made a good move in securing his services. She takes her first trip today, under new management, on a sea lion hunt.”


March 1, 1880 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, arrived Saturday evening from Santa Cruz Island, bringing 50 seal skins and 3 barrels of oil. The captain reports that the hunters who went over there last week were not very successful in the capture of seals, owing to the bad weather, it having rained most of the time.”


March 16, 1880 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom weighed anchor and gracefully sailed away for the island of Anacapa Sunday afternoon, having on board Mr. Rogers and a party of Californians who are employed to capture alive twenty sea lions. This is accomplished by means of the lasso, but not without much ingenuity and considerable danger, as the lions when their way of escape is cut off, fight viciously, and woe to him who comes within reach of their huge tusks. Captain Burtis informs us they have been known when wounded to chase hunters half way up the mountain side, and that too with much alacrity...”


March 27, 1880 [SBMP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, left yesterday for Santa Cruz Island with the Superintendent, Mr. J. B. Joyaux. She is expected back tonight.”


October 14, 1880 [SBDP]: “The schooner Surprise, Rogers Brothers, owners, from San Miguel Island, lies in the harbor today, also the schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burgess [Burtis], from Santa Cruz Island.”


October 25, 1880 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, arrived from Santa Cruz Island Saturday night with 72 bales of wool. The aggregate weight of this wool is 20,500 pounds. It is owned by the Santa Cruz Island Company, and is only a small part of the fall clip. The Company has something like forty thousand sheep on the island. The wool was shipped to San Francisco this morning on the Ancon.”


December 23, 1880 [SBDP]: “From Captain Burtis of the schooner Star of Freedom, who arrived in port last night from Santa Cruz Island, we learn that a large schooner, name not reported, loaded with wharf lumber bound to Wilmington from Puget Sound has been laying at Prisoners’ Harbor for protection...”


January 17, 1881 [SBDP]: “The Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, arrived from Santa Cruz Island.”


March 29, 1881 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, arrived from Santa Cruz Island this morning.”


April 13, 1881 [SBDP]: “The Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, arrived from Santa Cruz Island last evening.”


May 16, 1881 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, arrived from the Santa Cruz Island this forenoon, with a cargo of sheep and hides.”


May 24, 1881 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, yesterday sailed for Santa Cruz Island. She will return tomorrow.”


June 20, 1881 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, came over from Santa Cruz Island Saturday night with sheep for I. K. Fisher, and several horses for Nick Covarrubias.”


June 25, 1881 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, sailed for Santa Cruz Island this morning. She took over a number of work horses.”


July 23, 1881 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, sailed for Santa Cruz Island yesterday afternoon.”


August 2, 1881 [SBDP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, sailed for Santa Cruz Island this forenoon, taking over Mr. Joyaux, Miss Hay and three other passengers.”


August 17, 1881 [SBDP]: “Schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Burtis, arrived from Santa Cruz Island yesterday.”


March 24, 1882 [SBDP]: “The schooner Keturah, Captain Burtis, owned by Rogers Brothers, will sail tomorrow for Lower California, with a crew of otter hunters.”


May 9, 1883 [SBDI]: “A. Larco accompanied by Captain Burtis and Antonio Cavalleri have gone to San Miguel Island in search of seals. They expect to be gone several months. They expect to obtain a large number of seals, otters and oil.”


July 5, 1883 [SBDP]: “A son of Captain Burgess [Burtis], who is fishing for seals on San Miguel Island, while rowing out to meet Larco’s boat the other day, shot a fine sea otter whose skin netted him $75. This was what might be termed a good morning’s work.”


July 9, 1883 [SBDI]: “Captain Sam Burgess [Burtis], his son, and Antonio Cavalleri, came over from San Miguel Island last Saturday, after a two months hunting and cruising trip. Larco brought them over and also their cargo, secured while away. This consisted of eleven barrels of seal oil, almost three tons of skins, a quantity of abalone shells and dried fish besides fifteen fine large sea otters. The value of the otters is about $900. The captain and his party were unusually successful this time, and had a most enjoyable trip throughout besides.”


July 10, 1883 [LAT]: “A son of Captain Burtis, who is fishing for seals on San Miguel Island, while rowing out to meet Larco’s boat the other day, shot a fine sea otter whose skin netted him $75. This was what might be termed a good morning’s work.” [Santa Barbara Press, July 5.]


December 14, 1883 [SBDI]: “The Star of Freedom has gone to Santa Cruz Island for orders. Captain Frank Thompson has resigned his commission and will engage in business in San Francisco. Captain Harry Higgins takes command. Captain Burgess [Burtis] takes the schooner Santa Rosa.”


1884 [OP#7:56]: “The initial shot apparently did not kill Ah You. After being quickly examined by Samuel Burtis, captain of Santa Rosa. You was loaded aboard...”


April 13, 1884 [DAC]: “Arrived. April 12. Schooner Santa Rosa, [Captain] Burtis, 3 days from Santa Rosa Island; 45 tons asphaltum to J. H. Congdon.”


May 15, 1884 [SBDP]:Santa Rosa arrived yesterday May 14 from Santa Rosa Island via Santa Cruz Island, vessel and cargo commanded by Captain Sam Burtis Jr., [?] having on board Mr. A. P. More and General R. H. Chittenden. The latter gentleman has for a week been enjoying the hospitality of Santa Rosa Island, the guest of its owner, Mr. A. P. More.”


July 1, 1884 [SBDI]: “The coroner’s inquest upon the body of the Chinaman killed on Santa Rosa Island by A. P. More... Captain Samuel Burtis sworn: Reside in Santa Barbara; occupation Captain of schooner; have been employed by A. P. More on Santa Rosa Island. Left there in the forenoon of Saturday, between 10 and 11 A.M. Got aboard the schooner; saw the Chinaman advance toward Mr. More, when Mr. More fired. When he struck him it was with something. It was about two minutes between the time the Chinaman was hit and the time he was shot. He had never been over from the island since he had been on it…”


July 8, 1884 [SBDP]: “The trial. Preliminary examination of A. P. More for the killing of Ah You… Samuel H. Burtis was placed upon the stand. The following is a summary of his testimony: A week ago last Sunday was at Santa Rosa Island, as captain of the schooner Santa Rosa, in the employ of A. P. More; knew Ah You; at the time first saw Chinaman near Mr. More, and saw him hit Chinaman with something that glittered; judge it was about 10:30 A.M. that trouble took place; the Chinaman brought his clothes down on the wharf and said he was going to Santa Barbara; I took the Chinaman’s things back, on Mr. More’s order…”


In 1885, Santa Cruz Island Company map #7 of Prisoners’ Harbor indicates Captain Burtis ordered changes to be made at the harbor.


February 10, 1885 [SBDI]: “The schooner Emma under the command of S. Burtis is to go to Hueneme for another load of grain, today or tomorrow.”


February 12, 1885 [SBDP]: “The little schooner Rosita, Captain Samuel Burtis, Sr., is in port. A few days ago Captain Burtis and Mr. J. Lord went to San Pedro, where the boat mentioned was purchased by the Captain. She is intended for service in the Channel as a freight and pleasure boat.”


February 17, 1885 [SBDP]: “Captain Burtis and son have gone to the islands in the schooner Rosita on a seal hunt.”


March 9, 1885 [SBDP]: “The Rosita, Captain Burtis, is in port from the islands with seal oil and skins.”


March 10, 1885 [SBDP]: “Captain Burtis, of the schooner Rosita, reports that when crossing the channel a couple of days ago, he saw two sperm whales. While grays and humpbacks are quite common in these waters, it is very seldom that sperm whales run as far north as this latitude. They are generally first encountered off Lower California.”


April 22, 1885 [SBDP]: “The Rosita, Captain Burtis, last night arrived from Anacapa with nine live seals for Captain Eastman, who is now in Santa Barbara and will take the animals to San Francisco in a couple of days.”


July 1, 1885 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis and Jo. Lord returned last evening on the Rosita from a 30 days’ hunting trip to the Islands. During their absence they secured eleven barrels of oil and two and a half tons of seal skins. Taking it all in all they made a very profitable trip.”


August 1, 1885 [SBDP]: “The schooner Rosita, Captain Burtis, sails today for a cruise among the islands with a party of pleasure seekers. At Anacapa she will leave a couple of seal hunters, and then continue on her cruise. After her return to this port, the Rosita will sail on an extensive otter hunt.”


November 17, 1885 [SBDP]: “The trim little yacht Pirate dragged her anchor this morning and drifted against the wharf. She probably would have sustained serious damage had not Sam Burtis and Guadalupe Leyva boarded the boat and run her ashore, where she was dragged upon the beach. This feat called for considerable skill. During the struggle with the waves to save the boat her main mast was broken.”


1886 Santa Barbara Directory: “Burtis, Captain Samuel, seaman, residence Quarentina St. between Guiterrez and Montecito.”


May 1, 1886 [SBDP]: “Captain Sam Burtis is now shipmaster of the Santa Rosa.”


May 4, 1886 [SBDP]: “Captain and Mrs. Samuel Burtis were last evening given a surprise party by a number of intimate friends, at their home in the First Ward. This occasion was the silver wedding of the couple, and the surprises left a remembrance of the event in the shape of a handsome silver cake basket.”


May 7, 1886 [SBDP]: “Captain Burtis of the schooner Santa Rosa reports that work on the new wharf at the island is being prosecuted again, the lodged drill having been extracted and sent to San Francisco to be sharpened. The beach where the wharf is being built is a solid bed of sandstone and consequently slow progress is made. The structure is about half completed.”


July 20, 1886 [SBDI]:Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, arrived from Santa Rosa Island last night.”


July 27, 1886 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis, not long since, picked up at sea a curious looking marine animal, resembling a snail in form, and in size it is about as large as a half-gallon measure. No one as yet who has seen the animal has been able to name it, strange as it may seem. During Mr. Burtis’ thirteen years at sea he has never before seen anything like it. At present it is in the hands of Clark Streator, but we understand it is to be donated to the Natural History Society.”


August 3, 1886 [SBDI]: “Schooner Angel Dolly, Captain Burtis, arrived last evening from an otter hunt. The trip proved very unprofitable, for he only secured one for his trouble and outlay.”


July 14, 1887 [SBDI]: “Schooner Santa Rosa arrived from Santa Rosa Island yesterday. Mr. Burtis, the captain, reports everything quiet on the island.”


October 12, 1887 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, left yesterday evening for Santa Rosa Island.”


October 12, 1887 [SBDI]: “The Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, left for Santa Rosa Island yesterday.”


April 15, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, arrived yesterday morning from Santa Rosa Island.”


May 4, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, arrived night before last from Santa Cruz Island. She had on board a Spaniard who had his leg broken on the island day before yesterday. The man was driving a mule attached to a hay rake and the animal got scared and ran away. The schooner Santa Rosa returned to Santa Rosa Island yesterday morning.”


May 13, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, arrived yesterday morning from Santa Rosa Island.”


May 22, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, sailed for Santa Rosa Island last Sunday morning.”


May 25, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, arrived from Santa Rosa Island yesterday morning.”


June 10, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, arrived last Friday afternoon from Santa Rosa Island.”


July 11, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, arrived last Monday afternoon from Santa Rosa Island with A. P. More on board.”


September 5, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, sailed yesterday morning for Santa Rosa Island with Lawrence More on board.”


October 17, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, sailed yesterday morning for Santa Rosa Island. She will return the latter part of this week with about fifty sheep shearers.”


October 24, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, arrived Monday night from Santa Rosa Island with about fifty sheep shearers.”


April 24, 1891 [SBMP]: “The Lottie, Captain Burtis, sailed yesterday for Santa Cruz Island with a pleasure party.”


June 29, 1891 [SBI]: “Yesterday, Capt. Burtis took the following named people to Santa Cruz Island: Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Pratt, Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Cook, Mrs. Charles Merrithew and J. H. Halliman. The party will be absent about one week. They took a full cargo of provisions and hope while away to capture a few sea lions, a string of Jewfish and possibly a whale or two.”


July 18, 1891 [SBMP]: “A party consisting of several young men, leave tonight in Captain Burtis’ boat for El Capitan, expecting to return Sunday night.”


July 24, 1891 [SBMP]: “Prof. H. C. Ford , Josiah Doulton, I. B. Hardy and W. E. Noble left yesterday in the Lottie, Captain Burtis, for the islands. They will be absent about ten days, and will visit San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Anacapa islands.”


August 18, 1891 [SBMP]: “Captain Burtis had a gay party of ladies and gentlemen out for a sail on the schooner Lottie yesterday afternoon.”


August 29, 1891 [SBMP]: “The schooner Lottie, Captain Burtis, and a party returned last evening from the islands.”


September 30, 1891 [SBI]: “Capt. Frank Thompson, as usual will spend the winter months on shore and is succeeded in command of the schooner Santa Rosa by Capt. Burtis. We trust Capt. Thompson will devote his time to painting some of the charming marine views which all admire so much and for which he has so much talent. It takes a thorough sailor to paint truthful marine pictures. 'Land lubbers' usually make caricatures. A ship — sails set properly, sky and ocean truthful — makes on of the grandest of all pictures. No landsman can expect to accomplish this. It takes a seaman, who has served a long apprenticeship, to bring out the nice details and make the view realistic. Capt. Thompson succeeds admirably.”


December 25, 1891 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, is over from Santa Cruz Island., She will leave in a few days for San Francisco.”


January 12, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, left for San Nicolas Island yesterday with a number of Chinamen.”


February 5, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, has returned from San Pedro.”


February 11, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, sailed for Santa Rosa Island yesterday.”


March 22, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burgess [Burtis], left yesterday evening for Santa Rosa Island, thence to San Francisco.”


April 29, 1892 [SBDI]: “Captain Samuel Burtis has just returned from a trip to Santa Rosa Island, to which point he started last Monday noon with a company of sheep shearers. The Captain informs us while nearing the island he met very heavy seas and one large breaker broke over the schooner and washed away José Reyes, a young unmarried man from Ventura county. This happened between the hours of nine and ten in the evening. The body was not recovered. The Captain says the men were ordered below, but they came back saying it was too warm and the air too foul there.”


May 1, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, on her last trip to Santa Rosa Island took about fifty sheep shearers over, one of whom was washed overboard and drowned. He was a single man, named José Reyes from Ventura County. His body was not recovered.”


July 1, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, sailed for the islands yesterday afternoon. Clark P. Streator, Assistant Ornithologist United States Department of Agriculture, was a passenger. He was going over there to secure some specimens and information.”


July 11, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “Parties to the islands for a few days recreation are becoming quite a thing. On Saturday another party of eight went over to where Mr. Ray and his friends are. These were Mr. Wallace Baily and his wife, Mr. Penfield and wife, Miss Winnie Humphrey, Miss Mabel Hutchinson, E. J. Portens and Clark Streator, the bird and bug man. They went over in Captain Burtis’ boat, the Lottie.”


July 17, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, sailed for Santa Rosa Island yesterday morning.”


August 28, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The little white schooner Lottie, which has been doing a fine business carrying parties to the islands and back is to be laid up for the winter in a short time. Yesterday afternoon a large party were out for a sail in her around the bay. The ladies were the Misses Saunders, Telford, Varner, two Miss Bayers, Miss Pyle, Captain Burtis, Mr. Dana and a number of other gentlemen.”


November 3, 1892 [LAT/SNC]: “Captain Samuel Burtis has resigned his position as captain of the schooner Santa Rosa, which plies between Santa Barbara and the islands, and Paolo Gentine has been appointed in his place and will hereafter sail the schooner.”


December 7, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Samuel Burtis and Miss Susan Lehner were united in marriage at the residence of the bride’s parents on Guiterrez Street at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon by the Reverend C. T. Weitzel. Both are well known residents of Santa Barbara, and they start on married life with the best wishes of hosts of friends. The happy couple left on yesterday evening’s train for Los Angeles where they will spend a month’s honeymoon in that city. Captain Burtis’ friends are rejoiced to see how rapidly he has regained his health since quitting the Santa Rosa, and they now hope for his complete recovery.”


January 8, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “Workmen relaying buoys around the wharf on Friday discovered the chain and anchor of the sloop Brisk, which went ashore in that vicinity several years ago.”


May 17, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “Maurice C. Kittridge, accompanied by Captain Burtis on the Restless, bound for Flea Island, with supplies for the sealers there.”


May 27, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop yacht Restless with Captain Burtis in charge, has left for the islands with the first island camping party of the season. Those in the party are: Mr. And Mrs. Sidebotham, Miss Fernald, Reginald Fernald, Mr. Edwards Roberts of Boston, Mr. Rogers of Chicago and Mr. Felton and family. They will be absent about ten days, during which time they will visit several of the islands.”


June 2, 1893 [SBDI]: “The sloop yacht Restless, Captain Burtis, will take a trip in the channel Sunday. Anyone wishing to enjoy the sail can obtain tickets at Pratt & McKean’s drug store or on the boat Sunday. The start will be made about 9:30 or 10 o’clock.”


June 10, 1893 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis, who has just returned with the Restless from San Miguel Island, reports that the wind has been blowing a gale for fourteen days. He attempted to get around the end of the island but the wind was too strong.”


June 20, 1893 [SBDI]: “The eleven seals caught at the islands for Thomas Shooter were loaded on the car last night for shipment to the east. The car was taken out on the railroad wharf, and the boxes containing the seals put aboard… Captain Burtis had an unexpected and uninvited experience with one of the seals yesterday. While a box containing two or three of his pets was being moved, one of them reached through the space between two boards and with his teeth grasped the Captain’s elbow. The Captain says that the teeth went through three thicknesses of cloth and as many thicknesses of skin. As soon as he broke away he took care to keep out of reach of the seals.”


August 30, 1893 [SBDI]: “A few weeks ago, some men went to Santa Cruz Island, gathered a lot of abalone, dried the meat and sacked it, and got it ready for shipment. All on Mr. Caire's land. Captain Burtis went after the men and their goods as per agreement. It was found that the boat could not touch the land at the spot at which the fish lay, so the men began to transport it to Surprise Harbor. While engaged in taking the last load there, the Santa Cruz, a gasoline boat belonging to the island, confiscated the whole lot of goods. For this several arrests have been made...”


October 21, 1893 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, is back from San Pedro, where she has been undergoing a thorough cleaning. E. B. Pratt returned with the boat.”


November 23, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “Samuel Burtis, who arrived Monday from a four-months sealing cruise in Japan, leaves in a few days to take charge of the sealer Luisa D. for a cruise in the Pribilof Islands, and will be gone twelve months.”


January 5, 1894 [SBMP]: “The sloop Restless with Captain Burtis left yesterday for San Pedro where she will be laid up for the next couple months. The sloop has been on an otter hunt at the islands for the past month, but reported an unsuccessful trip.”


April 11, 1894 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, is expected from San Pedro.”


April 18, 1894 [SBMP]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, has returned from Santa Cruz Island after taking over a party on a craw fishing expedition.”


May 1, 1894 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, made the run from Santa Barbara to San Clemente Island, a distance of 145 miles, in 19 hours the other day; the Restless took a cargo of Chinamen to the island to hunt abalones. The sloop is expected back tonight.”


May 2, 1894 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis arrived from the south last evening with the sloop Restless.”


May 3, 1894 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, will go to San Nicolas Island with a party of sheep shearers.”


May 11, 1894 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, has returned from a trip to San Nicolas Island, to which a party of sheep shearers was taken.”


May 17, 1894 [SBMP]: “The Restless, Captain Burtis, left for San Nicolas Island yesterday for a weeks trip. She will bring back a cargo of wool.”


June 14, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop yacht Restless, Captain Burtis, came in at 1 o’clock this morning from the islands. Captain Burtis said that on Friday night, he anchored at the east end of San Nicolas Island, and that there was such a gale blowing that landing was out of the question. A short time after he had anchored, a five-ton sloop belonging to Frank Fazzio of Ventura, came in and dropped anchor about two hundred fathoms astern. In the morning she was gone. Captain Burtis said that she had probably dragged her anchor and drifted out to sea, and, in his opinion, it was impossible for her to weather the storm, as, in his twenty years’ experience in the channel, he had never seen such a sea. Inquiries by telephone to Ventura, however, resulted in the assurance that the sloop had arrived there all right, but only after a very narrow escape.”


June 14, 1894 [SBMP]: “It was recently reported that a boat went ashore on San Nicolas Island a few days ago. But the rumor now appears without foundation. Captain Burtis with his trusty boat was laying off San Nicolas Island, and the boat above referred to belonged to Captain Fisher of Ventura...”


June 28, 1894 [SBMP]: “Captain Burtis left on the Restless yesterday morning for Santa Cruz Island.”


July 6, 1894 [SBMP]: “The Restless, Captain Burtis, has returned from Santa Cruz Island.”


July 23, 1894 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, sailed for Santa Cruz Island this morning.”


September 8, 1894 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, sailed for Santa Cruz Island this morning for a couple of days, with the following jolly party of Santa Barbara boys: Peveril Meigs, Martin Meigs, Duncan McDuffie, Robbie McDuffie, Robert Stewart, Francis Lord, Harold Spencer, Lawrence Redington, and J. T. Crane.”


November 12, 1894 [SBDI]: “The sloop Genova, Captain Burtis, left late last night with our Independent reporter aboard bound for the scene of the wreck of the Crown of England on Santa Rosa Island.”


In 1895 Peveril Meigs Jr. observed: “Burtis, who is a old sailor and quite a character in his way, had found Restless on the flats lying near the Sacramento River, and seeing that her timbers were sound, bought her for a mere song and after refitting, sailed her down the coast to Santa Barbara where he managed to pick up a good living.”


April 9, 1895 [SBDI]: “Last night Captain Burtis and L. B. Pratt arrived in the harbor with the favorite pleasure boat, Restless, from San Nicolas Island. Last December Mr. Pratt went to the island with Captain Burtis and four otter hunters and leaving them there took the sloop to San Pedro, put her in winter quarters and returned here. A short time ago he left here for the island and has been spending some time cruising around, having visited Santa Catalina, San Clemente and the other islands, finally bringing up at San Nicolas. Here he found the otter hunters glad to see him and glad to leave the island. Their trip was not very successful, for although they killed five otter, none of them were secured, the strong undercurrent carrying them out to sea, and the sea being so rough that to launch a boat was impossible. Soon after arriving at the island the men found a box of butter and some wreckage, presumably from the steamer Los Angeles, as no other American vessel has been wrecked on this coast, which would be apt to have just such freight. This is a wonderful find, as the island is about 200 miles from the place of the wreck. Mr. Pratt says he was at sea on March 29th, the night the Liberty was wrecked and that the wind was blowing strong from the nor’west, but that there was certainly no tidal wave as he would have felt it if there had been. He said, however, that the first question asked by the otter hunters on San Nicolas was if there had been an earthquake on the mainland. They said that on March 9th they were shaken up severely. It will be remembered that this was the day of the Mexican earthquake and also San Miguel upheaval, which gives some color of truth to the report of the disturbances, although there is no doubt that the reports were exaggerated.”


April 10, 1895 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara, April 9. The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, arrived in port last night from San Nicolas Island where she stopped to take on board a party of otter hunters who had been on the island since December 1. The first questions asked by these hunters, who have been entirely cut off from communication with the word since they went on the island, was whether there had been a shock of earthquake on the mainland the night of March 9, as San Nicolas was surely shaken up by a subterranean agitation on that date. As this coincides with the date of the San Miguel upheaval it confirms the theory that the disturbances at San Miguel Island that date were due to severe and wide extending seismic convulsions. There is considerable discussion as to the truth of the old Spanish sea captain’s assertion that there was a submarine explosion in the Santa Barbara channel on the night of March 29, but so far the captain stands alone in his assertion, backed only by the fact that the sloop Liberty went ashore at Cuyler’s Harbor on that date.”


April 30, 1895 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, left yesterday afternoon for San Miguel Island.”


May 6, 1895 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, sailed today for Catalina Island.”


May 20, 1895 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless returned last night from San Miguel Island. She came down the south side of Santa Rosa Island and passed in full sight of the wreck of the Crown of England. Captain Burtis says that no work was being done there, that the sea was very heavy and was washing entirely over the wreck that he thought had swung around from her original position on the shelf of rock. He reports very rough weather in the open sea.”


May 28, 1895 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless with Captain Burtis, E. B. Pratt, C. A. Storke and Maurice Kittredge returned last evening from Santa Cruz Island. The party had considerable experience with the weather on this trip. They came back with double-reefed mainsail and small jib, and the water rolling entirely over the little ship, which rode the storm in fine style.”


June 10, 1895 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara, June 9. The sloop Restless yesterday returned from Anacapa Island bringing back several Santa Barbara gentlemen who for a week or so past have been prospecting for precious metals upon that rocky point of the channel archipelago. They were led to examine into the mineral resources of Anacapa by the tradition that an old Spanish mine of fabulous richness existed there, the secret of whose location was lost. A member of this party visiting the island discovered a great ledge of white quartz and broke off some specimens which, being assayed after his return to the mainland, showed a moderate amount of gold. On his next trip several of his friends joined him for the fun of the excursion rather than with any faith in the importance of the find… They found a well-defined quartz fissure 100 feet wide, extending from the water’s edge up the face of a steep cliff. This deposit is crossed and recrossed by mineral veins. A blast was put in and a quantity of the specimens obtained were apparently much richer in character than those forming the base of the original assays, showing solid masses of silver sulphurete in considerable quantity… E. B. Pratt, John Reseigh and Samuel Burtis are the gentlemen prominent in this new mining enterprise on our Channel Islands with one or two others, whose names cannot be mentioned at present.”


June 29, 1895 [SBDI]: “The Restless, Captain Burtis, has returned from Catalina. She has been given a new coat of paint, and overhauled generally.”


July 1, 1895 [letter; Samuel Burtis to Justinian Caire]: “Mr. J. Caire, In consideration of the permit you give me to approach your wharf for repairing my sloop, and also as a matter of common decency, I pledge my word to you that I will never any more carry campers to any part of your island except on exhibition of a proper permit from you to do so. In witness whereof I sign myself Captain S. Burtis. Benedetto Giuseppo.”


July 8, 1895 [SBDI]: “The Restless, Captain Burtis, leaves tomorrow for Quava Val Dez [Cueva Valdez], Santa Cruz Island, with several young people who will join the Meigs party camped at that point. A week from today another large party will go to the island on the Restless.”


July 16, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “An exodus of some of the prominent society people of this city took place this Monday morning for Cuava Val Dez [Cueva Valdez], Santa Cruz Island. The party expects to be absent for three weeks. They have taken tents, servants and the good things of life, and intend to enjoy themselves hugely. The following persons compose the party: M. B. McDuffie, Duncan McDuffie, Miss Kittredge, Miss Maud Kittredge, Miss Sanborn, Miss Gertrude Owen, Miss Hand, Miss Darrah, Miss Johnson, Mr. Last, Albert Palmer, H. Cooper, Robert Owens, C. R. Broughton, Charles McDuffie. Captain Burtis of the schooner Restless will have the pleasure of taking the campers to their destination. On Wednesday the party will be increased by the addition of the following named persons: Miss Metcalf, Miss James, Miss Thompson, Miss M. Diehl, Miss G. Diehl, Mrs. Porteous, Miss Snell, Miss Hosmer, Mrs. Robert Jennings, Fred Lamb, Mr. Conklyn, E. Hamilton, W. Flint and E. Boeseke.”


July 17, 1895 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless, in charge of veteran Captain Burtis, who has passed his life on the ‘rolling deep,’ and for a score and more years has been identified with boating interests in the Santa Barbara Channel, is having a busy season. The sloop will make three trips and return across to the islands this week. The popularity of Santa Cruz Island as a camping place has grown wonderfully in the past few years; and it may not be more than a decade before a resort like that which has made Catalina famous will be established on another isle of the Santa Barbara group.”


July 20, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “Another account. On Wednesday morning the schooner Restless left this port with a party of eighteen persons bound for Santa Cruz Island on a camping expedition. The Restless was to have returned to Santa Barbara late the same night for the purpose of taking Dr. Hall and some friends to the island. She is now overdue two days, and the relatives and friends of the persons on board have become alarmed. A searching party went out this morning on board the schooner Genova in her search for the lost schooner. The most optimistic of the sailors of this city are of the opinion that the Restless is all right, and that the delay has been occasioned by failure to leave Santa Cruz Island on time… The Restless is of twenty tons berthen, and owned by Messrs. E. B. Pratt and Samuel Burtis, residents of this city…”


July 20, 1895 [SBDI]: “The Genova returned today from the island, reporting the sloop Restless safe in Prisoners' Harbor. The party was landed safely on the afternoon of Wednesday, and Captain Burtis started back for the mainland. About a mile and a half out from Cueva Valdez the mast gave way under the heavy wind that was blowing, and with the sail fell over the side... The Restless worked her way to Prisoners Harbor about 15 miles distant, and Captain Burtis was busy making repairs.”


July 21, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Restless returns safe to port. She lost her mainmast in a squall of Santa Cruz Island. The anxiety that has hung over this city like a pall for the past two days on account of the uncertainty of the party that left here on Wednesday morning on the Restless, has been relieved by the return of the Genova that went in search of the supposed wrecked vessel. The Genova returned today at 1 o’clock, and the beach was lined with persons who were anxious to ascertain the first news that could be had… The Genova found the schooner Restless docked at Prisoners’ Harbor, making repairs to its rigging and mainmast… On account of some past misunderstandings between Justinian Caire, owner of Santa Cruz Island, and Captain Burtis, part owner of the schooner Restless, the vessel was not permitted to come alongside the dock at Prisoners’ Harbor until after considerable parley between Caire and Burtis… It is due to Mr. Caire to say that he refused to permit Captain Burtis to dock, because the latter has been in the habit of landing camping parties on the island against the former’s protest…”


July 21, 1895 [SFCall]: “There is rejoicing in Santa Barbara. At 2 o'clock today the Genova returned from Santa Cruz Island bringing word that the party which sailed from here on the Restless was safe, and explaining the sloop's unaccountable failure to return at the appointed time, Wednesday afternoon, as she expected. Tonight the Restless sailed into port with a stump of a mast and the story of its adventure was told. The Restless reached Cueva Valdez Point, where the Santa Barbara party is encamped, and landed all her passengers safely. She then started on her return trip, but when about a mile and a half from the island, in a heavy sea, a stiff breeze carried away all her rigging and her mainmast. Captain Burtis states that he heard two distinct snaps, but so far as the eye could discern both rigging, jib and mainmast — in fact the entire top rigging — went by the board in one and the same instant. Happily the deck, which had been crowded with passengers but an hour previously, had but three men on it and these managed to get out of the way of the falling timbers. Captain Burtis, who is an experienced sailor and rich in resource, at once set to work and rigged a jurymast out of a tent pole he was carrying as part of a camping outfit. Boys belonging to the camp on shore came to his relief and rendered valuable assistance. Swimming around, they fastened a line to the floating mast and rigging, and towing it by this line the Restless sailed with its stump of a mast and sail, reaching Prisoners Harbor, near the east end of the island, that night and entering the next morning. There a considerable delay was caused by the action of Justinian Caire of San Francisco, owner of the island, who happened to be there at the time. For several years there has been a mild warfare going on between the owners of these islands across the channel and the people of the mainland, the owners positively prohibiting camping parties from landing in some instances and in others requiring them to make formal application for permission. Mr. Caire at first refused the captain permission to tie up at the wharf and make the necessary repairs on his wrecked boat, alleging in justification that Captain Burtis had been landing people who had not procured permission. After considerable parlay a compromise was effected, and terms were agreed upon by which Captain Burtis was given permission to tie up. This delay caused the captain to lose the early morning tide, and he was forced to wait for the next tide in order to go up to the wharf and step his mast, having no other means of handling it. The Genova reached Cueva Valdez at 2 o'clock yesterday, and ran down to Prisoners Harbor at 3 o'clock. There Messrs. Pratt, Forbush and Larco rendered timely assistance to the Restless. The mast, which broke off two feet above deck, but was sound throughout, was put in place again, shortened eight feet, and shortly after they left the captain set sail, reaching Santa Barbara tonight. The little boat is eleven years old was originally built for the California Oyster Company and used to sail in San Francisco Bay. She is made of oak throughout, and is staunch and sound. With her shortened mast she is safer than ever, although she many not be so fast a sailor. The reports sent out by the United Press last night brought telegrams from all parts of the country. The brother of one of the women passengers telegraphed from Minneapolis for the first information received, while another young brother here patrolled the wharf all last night. Relatives and friends in San Francisco and Oakland have been showering telegrams here all day, but now the tide has turned, and cheering messages are flying everywhere over the wires.”


July 22, 1895 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis, who arrived Saturday evening in his sloop, the Restless, speaks in the highest terms of the bravery of the three boys from camp Valdez who assisted him when his boat was disabled. Duncan McDuffie of Santa Barbara, Ernest Hamilton of Riverside and Mr. Lawrence of San José put off from shore in a skiff and went out to the spot where the Restless was tossing helplessly in a heavy sea. They towed the sloop near shore, where the anchor was dropped for the night, and next morning worked like Trojans to get a temporary sail in place.”


July 25, 1895 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis reports that the carrier pigeon taken on the last trip was turned loose Sunday afternoon, and started directly back toward Santa Barbara. It never came back.”


July 25, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Restless is in from the islands. Captain Burtis reports that he let loose a carrier-pigeon from Friar’s [Frys] Harbor Sunday afternoon with messages for persons in this city. The dove, however, has failed to make its appearance at its cote in Santa Barbara. Captain Burtis says it reminds him of the raven that Noah sent out, and which never came back. The carrier was the property of M. W. Pierce.”


July 29, 1895 [SBDI]: “The sloop Restless was in Saturday from the islands, reporting all well at the various camps. Colman Broughton came over with Captain Burtis and returned again Sunday. The party at Cueva Valdez will break camp Wednesday.”


September 1, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “The three boats which regularly ply between Santa Barbara and the islands… the Restless, Captain Burtis’s sloop, all came in yesterday afternoon. The Restless brought over a hundred lambs from San Miguel Island. She reports everything quiet over there.”


October 1, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, will leave soon for Anacapa Island.”


March 14, 1896 [LAT/SP]: “The sloop Restless, Captain Burtis, sailed into the harbor here Monday afternoon with five Chinese aboard, besides the captain and one other white man. The boat was boarded by Deputy Customs Collector Bell and Inspector Cooney. Two of the Chinese showed their certificates, but the other three were unable to produce them. The three were accordingly taken into custody…Through one of their number who could speak English, the Chinamen said they left their certificates at Santa Barbara, fearful that if they carried the documents on their trips to San Clemente Island where they gathered abalones they would lose them. The captain explained that he had intended to sail with the five Chinamen and a load of abalone meats and abalone shells from San Clemente to Santa Barbara. He had become ill, and had accordingly put into the harbor here to secure medical treatment instead of continuing to Santa Barbara. Chinese Inspector Putnam came down on the evening train, and the next morning took the Mongolians to Los Angeles, it being understood that the claim of the Chinamen that they had certificates at Santa Barbara would be investigated.”


June 6, 1896 [SBDI]: “Captain Samuel H. Burtis and Robert Ord will leave tomorrow for the islands on an extended otter hunt.”


June 8, 1896 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis left last night for the islands in command of the schooner Restless with S. H. Burtis and R. C. Ord as passengers, bound for the islands on a peculiar errand. In old times the Channel Islands were the home of sea otters in great numbers, but they were so persistently hunted that they have been supposed to have been extinct for years. Captain Burtis, however, is sure that a few specimens at least remain, and that he himself has seen them. With this idea he has shipped a numerous crew and has gone in quest of those rare and valuable animals. The sea otter of the North Pacific is the largest of living otters, often reaching a length of four and a half feet, and is found in the open sea often many miles from land. Its fur is of great value, bringing in its raw state often two hundred and fifty to three hundred dollars, and is especially prized in China and Japan. It is exceedingly difficult to capture, and must be tired out by persistent rowing and shot when exhausted. Captain Burtis is an old sea otter and seal hunter, with great experience in Alaskan and Japanese waters, and is confident of returning with at least a couple of pelts.”


July 13, 1896 [SBDN]: “The schooner Restless returned from her trip to San Miguel Island... but the trip was not uneventful. While waiting for winds... it was decided to land and have a barbecue. While the small boat was putting the men on shore, two of the greenies stood up in the frail craft and capsized the little craft. Captain Burtis was noticing the danger and was just getting his mouth wide enough open to swear when he was pitched overboard, and the water so filled his mouth that the particular oath that he had prepared to hurl at the careless fellows was jammed back into his stomach, and the captain, gruff old salt that he is, hasn't been able to get it out yet. No one was drowned.”


September 8, 1896 [SBDN]: “Captain Burtis went over to the islands today in the sloop Restless.”


November 3, 1896 [SBDN]: “Captain Burtis of the schooner Restless, was all ready to go to Gaviota with a load of lumber yesterday. But the genial captain discovered by reading the news that an election was to be held in this land of ours, and he, being a full-fledged American citizen, decided to wait and cast his vote before venturing on the briny.”


November 13, 1896 [SBDN]: “Captain Burtis brought the schooner Restless into port last night from San Miguel Island with six tons of wool aboard.”


January 31, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Santa Rosa returned from San Pedro last night and will leave tomorrow for Santa Rosa Island. Captain Burtis is in command.”


May 25, 1897 [SBMP]: “Captain Burtis’ schooner Restless left yesterday with a gang of Chinese abalone hunters for San Miguel Island. On his return he will take a band of horses for Mr. E. Elliot to San Nicolas Island.”


July 7, 1897 [SBDI]: “Capturing seals. The first installment of a big shipment east. Fourteen barking sea lions lie confined in cages in the water beneath the wharf and the Restless has returned to Santa Cruz Island for another lot. The seals are for Captain Mullett and will be shipped to New York as soon as the balance of the consignment of forty arrives. Colis Vasquez arrived from the island Monday in the Big Loafer with ten seals, and he returned last night with Captain Burtis in the Restless. His party remained on the island, but may return with the Restless.”


July 22, 1897 [SBMP]: “Charles Curryer and wife have arrived here from San Miguel Island after an absence from the mainland of over a year. Mr. Curryer goes with Captain Burtis on the schooner Restless today to San Pedro where the vessel will be copper bottomed before returning.”


July 23, 1897 [SBDN]: “Captain Burtis sailed this morning for San Pedro with the schooner Restless. The Restless is to have her bottom re-coppered.”


February 18, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, has arrived with a cargo of abalones from Santa Cruz Island.”


June 29, 1898 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, left for Santa Rosa Island yesterday.”


December 13, 1898 [SBMP]: “The yacht Helene, built a few years ago by J. D. Axtell and owned by Edwards & Company, is a total wreck in Forney's Cove on Santa Cruz Island... We [Rosaline Vasquez] had been at San Miguel Island for a cargo of guano. Beside Captain Vasquez and myself, there was a man named Charley from Carpinteria who was taking the trip for the pleasure of it, and the crew, José Olivas, G. Massia and José Cota. We sailed from San Miguel on the 8th with a fair wind. The cargo was 4-1/2 tons of guano. Late in the day we sailed to Forney’s Cove on Santa Cruz Island and laid there... Helene drifted into the blind breakers... About a half a mile away we found a deserted house at a Chinese camp; we broke in and got something to eat: rice, flour, etc... In the morning, while getting coffee ready for breakfast, one of the men sighted the Santa Rosa schooner close in; I again hoisted the flag; Captain Burtis saw the signal and sailed straight into the harbor. He got us all aboard and treated us the best way he could. We reached Santa Barbara Sunday...”


December 13, 1898 [SFCall]: “Wave-swept channel rock their haven. Horrible suffering of shipwrecked men. Loss of schooner Helene. Strikes a reef off Santa Cruz Island. Crew of six gains the shore by swimming, after a night spent on a rock washed by the breakers. The schooner Santa Rosa came into port last night bringing six shipwrecked men fro the schooner Helene. These men tell a thrilling tale of their experience after having been shipwrecked off Santa Cruz Island on Thursday evening. While on the east side of Santa Cruz they encountered a southeaster and a very heavy sea. They immediately made for the west end of the island, which is protected from a southeast wind. They anchored off Forney's Cove, at the extreme end of the island, and had lain there three or four hours when a northeaster began blowing down the channel between Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands. Three anchors were immediately thrown out, but they were powerless against the heavy wind. It was useless for the crew to attempt to pull up anchor and make to sea. The vessel dragged her anchors, and at about midnight struck a low reef, which forms one side of Forney's Cove, with terrific force, knocking a large hole in her bottom. The vessel turned over on her side, and what provisions were not washed off her deck by the waves which swept over her were destroyed by the water. The six men had great difficulty in saving themselves from being swept off the rigging. The small skiff was unfastened, but as soon as put into the water was capsized. Its oars were thus lost. Finally the crew succeeded in righting it, and fastened one end of a rope to the boat and the other end to the wrecked Helene. They all got in and set the skiff adrift, hoping it would be blown to a small rock about 100 yards from the wreck. This hope was realized. All night long they remained on the rock in a howling wind, soaked to the skin, and the waves washing completely over them every few minutes. Late the next day the tide had lowered sufficiently for them to wade a considerable distance on the reef, and by swimming a few hundred yards they reached the mainland. They found a deserted Chinese cabin, which contained provisions. Here they remained another twenty-four hours when the schooner Santa Rosa happened to see their signal of distress. When the southeaster came up the Santa Rosa had been forced out of Santa Barbara harbor and held in the channel two or three days, seeking a safe harbor. She was within three or four miles of the west end when Captain Burtis saw the signal of distress. The wind was blowing a terrific gale at the time, and it was with great risk that an anchorage was made and the men rescued. When found they were in a sorry condition, all being chilled through and through. Ramon Vasquez, an old sea captain, was in command of the Helene. He was in a serious condition when picked up. He could neither move a muscle nor make a sound. At a late hour today the attending physician said that he could not live many hours. The other five men, although badly bruised and exhausted, are not in a serious condition. The men on the vessel were: Ramon Vasquez, Joseph Leva, Colais [sic] Vasquez, Joe Olivas, Joe Cota and Charles Thrift. The Helene was built in this city at a cost of $5000, but was never considered a seaworthy vessel. She was four years old, and was registered at fifteen tons. She was the property of Edwards & Co., local hardware men. The Helene had been catching seals alive for Rogers Bros. of this city, who trained them and sold them to Easterners.”


January 18, 1899 [LAT/SB]: The schooner Santa Rosa, Captain Burtis, came in from Santa Rosa Island last evening, bringing four sheep-shearers. Captain Burtis reports nearly ten inches of rain for the last storm on the island, and states that feed there is plentiful. He reports that all sheep and lambs are in fine condition; in fact, as good condition as they have been for several years. The wild hogs on the island have been devouring a great many lambs, and seem to be as numerous as ever, regardless of the dry year. The remaining shearers will be brought back the first of the week.”


January 26, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “Schooner Santa Rosa came in from Santa Rosa Island this morning, bringing over twenty sheep-shearers who had finished their work on the island. Captain Burtis reports feed growing excellently and all sheep and cattle in fine condition.”


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...”


November 26, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “Schooner Santa Rosa lost in Cuyler’s Harbor. The steamer Santa Cruz brought into port Captain Burtis and Philip Curran, the crew of the Santa Rosa, and they tell a tale of terrible suffering for three days and nights, and the wreck of the finest vessel in the harbor...”


December 12, 1899 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis has returned from a short business trip to Santa Rosa Island.”


April 17, 1900 [SBMP]: “One of the most youthful, as well as enthusiastic yachtsmen along the waterfront is Clinton Seely. He is a youth of only about fifteen years, but has gained through experience quite a knowledge of handling small boats, and recently made a trip to the islands with Captain Burtis in the Restless.”


April 17, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Restless, Captain Burtis, was in port yesterday after a trip to Santa Rosa Island with a cargo of supplies.”


May 16, 1900 [LAH]: “Shipping news. Arrivals since May 7 — ...schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Burtis, from San Nicolas Island, with 107 fur seals...


June 6, 1900 [LAT]: “Captain Sam Burtis of San Francisco has been engaged across the channel for several days endeavoring to raise the wreck of the Magic, a gasoline schooner which sank in a little bay of Santa Rosa Island last September.”


June 7, 1900 [LAT]: “The schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Sam Burtis, returned from her wrecking cruise near Santa Rosa Island last night. Captain Burtis brought away the masts and rigging of the sunken Magic, but cannot raise the hulk until the sand is removed from her. The Kate and Anna will sail for San Diego in a few days.”


June 7, 1900 [SBMP]: “The schooner, Kate and Anna, Captain Sam Burtis, returned yesterday from Santa Rosa Island after a series of unsuccessful attempts to raise the gasoline schooner, Magic, wrecked off that island nearly a year ago. It was found that the Magic was filled with sand, and Captain Burtis will go to San Pedro to secure a diver and arrange to sand pump the vessel if possible. He still has hopes of saving the Magic.”


July 1, 1900 [LAT]: “After several days’ work with diving apparatus, Captain Sam Burtis gave up the attempt to remove the machinery from the sunken Magic, as the hull is too full of sand. He returned and sailed for San Pedro.”


July 12, 1900 [LAT/SB]: “A large band of Mexican sheep shearers were rounded up yesterday and taken aboard the schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, for transportation to Santa Rosa Island.”


July 21, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Restless, Captain Burtis, sailed yesterday for the island.”


August 20, 1900 [SBDI]: “The Restless, Captain Burtis, came in yesterday from Santa Rosa Island.”


September 12, 1900 [SBMP]: “The schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, will leave this morning for a short trip to the islands.”


December 18, 1900 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis, just in from the islands, reports unusually rough weather. Landing at San Miguel is almost impossible in the northwest gale, and Santa Rosa wharf has been washed by the breakers.”


December 19, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Burtis, who has just returned from the islands, reports very rough weather in the channel. Landing at San Miguel Island is almost an impossibility in the northwest gale. The wharf at Santa Rosa Island has been damaged by the waves.”


December 19, 1900 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, just in from across the channel, reports extremely heavy nor’west seas on the other side. Captain Waters and men were left on San Miguel Island several weeks ago, the Restless intending to revisit them before the winter seas began to roll, but the undertaking would be hazardous now.”


1901 Captain Burgess [Burtis] delivered mail and supplies for Philip Mills Jones on Santa Rosa Island in 1901. [Jones 1901: 204, 216].


January 1, 1901 [SBMP]: “The schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, arrived from Santa Rosa Island Sunday. The channel has been very rough for the past few days.”


January 15, 1901 [SBDI]: “The sloop Petrel, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, and the schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, sailed for the islands this morning.”


January 24, 1901 [SBDI]: “The steamer Restless, Captain Burtis, came in port from Santa Rosa Island this morning.”


March 9, 1901 [LAT/SB]: “On a recent trip from San Miguel Island, the schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, brought a sample of a huge mushroom of edible variety grown on the island. It measured nine and one-half inches in diameter.”


May 9, 1901 [SBMP]: “The schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, sails this morning for Santa Rosa Island with some workmen and supplies.”


June 23, 1901 [SBMP]: “The Whitney party expects to leave for Santa Cruz Island on Saturday. They have at their disposal the fine gasoline launch belonging to the Caire estate, in which the party will sail. Mr. Whitney will go with the camp outfit in the Restless, Captain Burtis. The members of the party are: Mr. And Mrs. Frank M. Whitney, the Misses Whitney, McCall, Keating, Spaulding and Rosamund Pierce, Dr. Spaulding, and Messrs. Charles Fernald, Eugene Sheffield and Runston.”


June 24, 1901 [SBDI]: “The schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, arrived in port from Santa Cruz Island last night.”


July 26, 1901 [SBDI]: “The schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, returned from Santa Rosa Island last evening.”


July 27, 1901 [SBDI]: “The schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, sailed this morning for San Nicolas Island for the purpose of bringing to Santa Barbara a large gang of Chinamen who have been engaged in abalone fishing.”


March 11, 1902 [SBMP]: “The Restless, Captain Burtis, has returned from San Pedro where she has been in winter quarters.”


August 6, 1902 [SBMP]: “The schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, has a party of twenty Carpinteria people out for a ten day cruise about the islands.”


November 24, 1915 [SBMP]: “Last evening another of the old pioneers of Santa Barbara passed away in the person of Captain Samuel Burtis, who died at his residence 233 East Guiterrez Street. He had been an invalid for many years and seriously ill for several weeks preceding his death. The deceased, who was aged 85, was a native of Brooklyn, New York, and had lived in Santa Barbara nearly forty years. He was an old sea captain and had followed the nautical life since the age of twelve…”