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Belvedere (# ) (-1911), sailboat owned by Captain George Gourley after the turn of the century. Gourley sold Belvedere, and she capsized shortly thereafter in 1911.

In the News~

February 14, 1905 [SBMP]: “The strong southeaster which blew on Sunday had the effect of lashing the waters of the channel in a frenzy, endangering the small craft that lay anchored off from the shore. The Belvedere, a yacht belonging to Captain Gourley of the pleasure wharf, broke from her anchorage and was carried by the heavy sea ashore. On account of the craft turning turtle, its mast and boom were broken, but was not otherwise injured to amount to anything.”

March 14, 1904 [SBMP]: “Sunday’s severe storm—launches and small craft demolished in bay… Every small boat that was taken from the water on Saturday has either been sunk or washed ashore. The Pride, Alleen and Prima María are totally destroyed, and the Coquita lost and sunk, aggregating a property loss of about $7000. The Fortuna, Chispa, Kingfisher and Cady have been sunk, with a chance of being raised from the bottom of the ocean and repaired… The Belvedere and the Vixen were damaged less than any of the sailboats in the water…”

May 8, 1905 [LAT/SB]: “Craft in danger. Heavy sea at Santa Barbara… A number of small sailboats and power launches that have been built or repaired since the last storm are now at the Channel Islands, and some anxiety is felt as to their safety. Among the crafts that are at the islands are the Vixen, the Irene, Prima María, Portula, Peerless, and Walker’s launch. Bagley’s Nautilus and Gourley’s Belvedere are out riding the storm here.”

May 14, 1905 [SBMP]: “Captain George Gourley in company with a prominent resident of this city, made a successful fishing trip in the channel yesterday in the sailboat Belvedere, and brought back two of the largest yellowtail caught this year. They weighed 24 and 27 pounds. They also caught 9 bonita.”

August 13, 1905 [SBMP]: “Judge Aiken and Mr. Grant were out yesterday afternoon in Belvedere. They sailed ten miles out into the channel and brought in a large catch of albacore.”

May 4, 1906 [SBMP]: “The pretty little sailboat Belvedere, owned by George Gourley, has been completely overhauled and repainted, and will be launched today. Mr. Gourley announces that there will be no liquid refreshments broken over her bough when she plunges into the water, the ‘wet goods’ being reserved for the trial trip of the boat, which will come off as soon as the mast and rigging are installed.”

May 17, 1906 [SBMP]: “Among the boats out yesterday were Gourley's sailboat Belvedere, the Potter launch Nina, Henry Short's launch Point Firmin, and Captain Merry's Vishnu.”

June 1, 1906 [SBMP]: “A party of pleasure seekers formed a sailing party yesterday and made an excursion up the coast in the sailboat Belvedere.”

August 1, 1906 [SBMP]: “The first albacore of the season to be caught on the north side of the channel were brought in yesterday by Joe Young and Will Dibblee, who were out on the Belvedere…”

August 2, 1906 [SBMP]: “…Other fishing parties were out on the Belvedere during the afternoon…”

August 21, 1906 [SBMP]: “Sebastian Larco will entertain a party of friends on the sloop yacht Belvedere this afternoon.”

August 25, 1906 [SBMP]: “E. Lennon of San Francisco, I. S. Bartlett of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and his son, W. A. Bartlett of this city, enjoyed a pleasant sail on the channel yesterday afternoon in the sailboat Belvedere...”

October 4, 1911 [SBMP]: “The capsized sailboat Belvedere is drifting somewhere down the Santa Barbara channel, if by this time it has not reached the open sea. After Paul Vasquez and Charles Romo had been rescued Sunday afternoon from their precarious position on the hull of the overturned boat, the disabled craft was left fast to a buoy. It did not stay there, however, and when the owners of the boat went after it the next day, nothing but the broken moorings were found. The Belvedere is still missing. The boat had been purchased a short time before by three young men, one named Cota and two named Garcia. One statement is that they had not given their consent to the taking of the Belvedere by the Sunday excursionists.”

October 6, 1911 [SBMP]: “The sailboat Belvedere is still among the missing, nothing having been seen of her since she broke her moorings during Sunday’s gale. She was filled with water, but being all wood, and with no weight aboard, is expected to float indefinitely. Captain Rosaline Vasquez, in the Gussie M, who has cruised up and down the coast in a vain effort to locate the Belvedere yesterday abandoned her.”