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Brisk (# ) (+1884 -1889), sloop used in the sealing business as early as 1884 in San Diego where she was owned by Captain Charles Anderson. In 1886, Brisk was sold by T. J. Higgins to Ramon Vasquez in Santa Barbara. She had a number of owners thereafter, including Joaquin Botillier, Alexander P. More of Santa Rosa Island, and Ezekiel Elliott, lessee of Anacapa Island. Brisk was used for hauling gravel from Santa Catalina Island in 1886.

Just before Christmas of 1889, Brisk was wrecked in a severe storm off Santa Barbara. James Ford, who remained aboard and could not swim, was drowned. The captain and one other man swam to safety. The remains of her hull were broken up for firewood.

In the News~

May 6, 1884 [SanDU]: “The sloop Brisk, Captain Charles Anderson, is going on a sealing voyage down the Lower California coast and will probably sail today.”

March 28, 1885 [San Diego Union]: “Professor Dunn will start on a voyage to the Guadalupe Island on the sloop Brisk in a few days.”

May 15, 1886 [SanDU]: “T. J. Higgins yesterday sold his sloop Brisk to Ramon Vasquez, otter hunter of Santa Barbara, for $600. This is a good craft. Increase in real estate business demanding all his attention is all that made Higgins part with her.”

May 26, 1886 [SBDI]: “Sloop Brisk of San Diego is anchored in the harbor. She is calculated to perform almost any kind of work, such as hunting, fishing and taking out pleasure parties.”

May 29, 1886 [SBDI]: “Several seal oil camps are being located on the different islands in the channel. The sloop Brisk takes out a party today.”

June 7, 1886 [SBDP]: “The sloop Brisk, Captain Vasquez, Friday took a party of seal hunters to San Nicolas Island. While there the boat experienced some rough weather and lost her anchors. She arrived back here yesterday.”

June 11, 1886 [SBDI]: “Sloop Brisk left last night for San Miguel Island with provisions for men who are employed in catching seals for the oil.”

July 2, 1886 [SBDP]: “The sloop Brisk arrived in port a couple of days ago from Santa Rosa Island with five barrels of seal oil.”

July 2, 1886 [SBDI]: “The sloops Brisk and the Ocean King have arrived from the islands with cargoes of oil and skins.”

July 21, 1886 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk took out a pleasure party yesterday.”

July 29, 1886 [SBDI]: “The schooner Brisk leaves today for Santa Catalina Island for a load of gravel for Mr. Dibblee of this city.”

August 2, 1886 [SBDP]: “The sloop Brisk owned by Joaquin Botillier was attached last Friday for $100 by Antonio Botillier, a brother of the owner of the vessel. The Brisk has been in charge of a custodian since last Friday; the attachment had not been raised this morning.”

August 2, 1886 [SBDI]: “There has been an attachment served on the sloop Brisk.”

August 6, 1886 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk is preparing for an otter hunt.”

August 13, 1886 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk was out yesterday with an excursion party.”

August 14, 1886 [SBDP]: “The Star of Freedom, owned by the Santa Cruz Island Company, has gone to San Francisco for repairs. The sloop Brisk will attend to the island business while the Star of Freedom is on the ways.”

August 18, 1886 [SBDI]: “Sloop Brisk arrived yesterday from a trip to the island.”

August 25, 1886 [SBDP]: “The waterfront reporter sends in the following: The Ocean King started this morning for San Miguel. The schooners Star of Freedom and Angel Dolly are both at San Francisco for repairs. The Rosita is cruising along the southern coast. The Brisk is in port. The lumber schooner El Nora is still at the dock.”

August 25, 1886 [SBDI]: “The Brisk had a pleasure party out yesterday.”

August 27, 1886 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk, left today for Santa Cruz Island. She will endeavor to find some trace of the whereabouts of Messrs. Balch, Flint and Paulfry, who are supposed to have been lost or drifted by the seas a long way out of their course.”

August 30, 1886 [SBDP]: “The Brisk came in Saturday from Santa Cruz Island.”

September 3, 1886 [SBDP]: “The Brisk left for Santa Cruz Island today.”

September 3, 1886 [SBDI]: “The sloop Ocean King and the Brisk indulged in a short race a few days ago, the former coming out ahead.”

September 6, 1886 [SBDP]: “The Brisk came in yesterday from the islands.”

September 7, 1886 [SBDP]: “Sloop Brisk this morning was preparing for sea.”

September 14, 1886 [SBDI]: “Sloop Brisk has been thrown upon the market for sale.”

November 8, 1886 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk is to engage in the wood business between Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos.”

February 7, 1887 [SBDP]: “The sloop Brisk started for the islands Saturday, but soon returned with a big rent in her mainsail made by the sou’east wind.”

March 22, 1887 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk discharged several sea lions at the wharf this morning.”

March 23, 1887 [SBDI]: “The sea lions that the sloop Brisk brought over from the islands yesterday morning, were shipped on last night’s steamer for San Francisco.”

July 11, 1887 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk arrived yesterday afternoon from Flea and San Miguel Islands, with 30 barrels of seal oil and about ten tons of seal skins. The remainder of the sealing party left at the islands will come over in about a week.”

March 9, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk left this morning for the islands with supplies.”

March 23, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk arrived this morning from Anacapa Island with a load of shells for H. A. Rogers.”

April 16, 1888 [SBDI]: “Yesterday the sloop Brisk brought four seals from Santa Rosa Island. They were shipped on the Queen to San Francisco by A. W. Canfield.”

April 17, 1888 [SBMP]: “The sloop Brisk arrived last Sunday from the islands with four large sea lions.”

April 18, 1888 [SBDI]: “Alex. S. More and Joseph Delaney left this morning on the sloop Brisk on a hunting and fishing expedition to the islands.”

April 23, 1888 [SBMP]: “The party of young men that went over to Santa Cruz Island last week returned today. They report finding the body of a man who had evidently been washed ashore.”

April 24, 1888 [SBMP]: “A party consisting of Alex More, George Hall, Charles Hall, John B. Ward and J. Delaney, who have been over to Santa Cruz Island on a short visit, returned in the sloop Brisk last Sunday. Mr. Delaney reports that while prospecting about on the island, they found the remains of a man about half a mile from Lady Harbor. The body had evidently been in the water for some time and could not possibly have been recognized by any body who might know the unfortunate man. The party buried the remains on the island near the spot where they were found.”

April 25, 1888 [SBDI]: “Alex. P. More has purchased the sloop Brisk, and will use her for cruising back and forth from the islands. The sloop will be taken over to Santa Cruz Island and repainted.”

April 26, 1888 [SBMP]: “The sloop Brisk, formerly owned by F. F. Botillier, has been purchased by Alex. More, Jr. The price paid was $400.”

April 30, 1888 [SBDI]: “Alex. P. More and Joseph Delaney have gone to San Pedro on the sloop Brisk.”

May 14, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk returned from San Pedro Sunday morning, bringing Alex. P. More and Joseph Delaney.”

May 23, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk came in from the islands yesterday afternoon.”

May 26, 1888 [SBDI]: “Sailing parties. The sloop Brisk can now be chartered for sailing parties and trips to the islands. For particulars apply to A. P. More.”

May 26, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk has been chartered by some gentlemen and will leave tonight for Santa Rosa Island, returning on Monday. Walter Cope, W. W. Burton, Mr. Keyes, Fred Grundy, F. A. Blake, Sr., P. Law, L. L. Cowles, C. D. Galvin, F. A. Blake, Jr., Alex. More, David Wolfe and Paul Cowles will comprise the party.”

May 31, 1888 [SBDI]: “Santa Cruz. Santa Barbara’s bold mariners visit the islands… Alex. More, the owner of the sloop Brisk was hunted up and he informed the anxious gentlemen that he would take them over that night at 9 o’clock. A bargain was made on the spot… On board the sloop was the genial Captain José Espinosa, who proved himself an expert in everything pertaining to a cruise and camp life…There was an unusually heavy swell on, but not a breath of wind, and that little sloop stood first on her head, then sat down. They she would lay on one side, and after trying that for a while would roll over on the other… to be continued.”

June 1, 1888 [SBDI]: “Santa Cruz. Further particulars of the celebrated expedition… Puerto de la Papa was made for. This beautiful name translated into every day English means Potato Harbor… The sloop [Brisk] dropped anchor at about 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the small cove at the right, and the bold mariners tumbled into a small skiff and were rowed ashore… to be continued.”

June 2, 1888 [SBDI]: “Santa Cruz. Return of the venturesome voyagers… Leaving Puerto de la Papa, the Brisk sailed along the coast toward the west end of the island… There was an inclination among those on board to cruise the whole length of the island, but imperative business engagements in Santa Barbara forbade, and reluctantly the prow of the Brisk was turned homeward…”

June 3, 1888 [SBMP]: “The Islands. The Adventures of the Mariners on their First Trip. The Charms and Mysteries of Santa Cruz. Myriads of Seals. Caves and Cliffs… a party of expectant adventurers gathered upon the deck of the little sloop Brisk, surrounded by a picturesque collection of guns, blankets and camp utensils. The little yacht sailed out to the tuneful lay of guitar and harmonicas…”

June 4, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk will take a party of gentlemen over to Santa Cruz Island next Thursday for a week’s stay.”

June 30, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk left for Santa Cruz Island this morning on another sealing expedition.”

July 11, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk arrived from the islands last night with three tons of seal skins on board. The Brisk had a rather tough time of it coming over as she encountered a severe gale near the islands. The storm was the hardest ever encountered by the Brisk, but she came through it without any damage and proved herself to be a first class sea boat.”

July 26, 1888 [SBDI]: “A large party who had engaged the sloop Brisk to go over to the islands today, were badly disappointed, as the sloop failed to get in. She left Tuesday fore the islands, expecting to get back today, but the light winds for the past two days prevented her getting here in time.”

August 17, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk took a large party over to the islands this morning.”

August 18, 1888 [SBMP]: “The sloop Brisk sailed for the islands yesterday.”

September 3, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk took a party consisting of Charles Ligare, Ed Gaty, Charles Diver and Lawrence McDonough over to the islands this morning. They will be gone about ten days and will visit all of the islands.”

September 4, 1888 [SBMP]: “The sloop Brisk left yesterday morning with a party of pleasure seekers for the islands.”

October 3, 1888 [SBMP]: “A party of otter hunters left on the sloop Brisk yesterday morning for San Miguel Island. The party was fitted out by H. A. Rogers.”

October 12, 1888 [SBDI]: “The sloop Brisk arrived from Santa Cruz Island last night, and leaves tomorrow for San Miguel.”

October 14, 1888 [SBMP]: “A party of otter hunters left on the sloop Brisk for San Miguel Island, and expect to bring back quite a number of the valuable otter pelts. Fifteen to twenty years ago there were thousands of the little creatures around the islands and among our kelp beds offshore, but hunting them now is like skimming the cream from an empty milk pitcher they are so few.”

October 23, 1888 [SBDI]: “P. E. Law and H. G. Chislett left for Santa Cruz Island last night on the Brisk, and will return tomorrow.”

October 26, 1888 [SBDI]: “P. E. Law and H. G. Chislett returned from Santa Cruz Island yesterday on the Brisk. Mr. Law, who though an amateur, is an expert photographer, took a number of views of the island scenery.”

October 27, 1888 [SBMP]: “The sloop Brisk will leave for the islands this morning with a crew of Chinese abalone hunters.”

November 11, 1888 [SBMP]: “E. Elliott and son will leave tomorrow in the sloop Brisk for Anacapa Island.”

January 9, 1889 [SBMP]: “Metcalf & Co., will send over to San Miguel Island a crew of otter hunters on the next trip of the sloop Brisk.”

February 10, 1889 [SBMP]: “The sloop Brisk arrived from San Miguel Island yesterday morning with thirty-five bales of wool.”

May 21, 1889 [SBMP]: “E. E. Elliott arrived from Anacapa Island yesterday in the Brisk with six fine sea lions, which will be sent to San Francisco on the steamer today. Eight were caught to fill an order, but two died before they could be brought here. The seals may be seen at the wharf today.”

May 26, 1889 [SBMP]: “Ramon Vasquez and a party of Californians are fitting out the sloop Brisk for a sealing expedition to San Miguel Island. Yesterday they put aboard a number of barrels to hold the seal oil and tripods to use in trying it out. The sloop will probably get off today.”

June 20, 1889 [SBMP]: “The sloop Brisk started out yesterday on a sealing cruise.”

July 11, 1889 [SBMP]: “A party of seal hunters returned from the islands Tuesday on the sloop Brisk with 500 seal skins and seven barrels of oil.”

August 16, 1889 [SBDI]: “Channel Islands. A Party of Scientists at Sea… The party was composed of Mr. I. B. Hardy, Prof. H. C. Ford, Mr. Wm. Noble and son, Mr. Wm. Ford, Mr. I. N. Cook, our well-known photographer, his assistant, Mr. Harry Jenkins, and the writer. We left the wharf on the morning of the 30th of July, in the sloop Brisk, Captain Hugh Walters…”

August 17, 1889 [SBMP]: “The Channel Islands. A ten-day’s cruise among their wonderful caverns. One of the most enjoyable places to visit for change of scenery, recreation, and obtaining a good appetite is the eastern of the Channel Islands which is formed by the Anacapas group… Our party consisted of delegations from the Natural History Society, the Grand Army, artists, professional men, mechanics and merchants, the majority of whom were artists and amateur scientists. The artists were Prof. H. C. Ford, Mr. Wm. Ford, and Mr. I. N. Cook the photographer; Mr. I. B. Hardy, contractor, Mr. Wm. Noble and his son, Mr. Harry Jenkins, and the writer. We chartered Captain Elliott’s sloop Brisk, Hugh Walter, Master, and arrived off the Anacapas some time in the first night…”

September 8, 1889 [SBMP]: “A trip to the Islands, and especially to the Anacapas had long been the wish of our hearts… we at last August 20th found ourselves on board the neat sloop Brisk bound for the land of our dreams. Our party consisted of Mr. And Mrs. Elliott, Mr. And Mrs. Leach, Miss F. B. Smith, Mr. L. M. King, and Mr. And Mrs. Brownsill. The Brisk is a staunch, sea worthy craft, commanded by a careful obliging and pleasant young gentleman, Hugh Walters…”

October 3, 1889 [SBMP]: “The sloop Brisk arrived early yesterday morning from San Nicolas Island with a load of wool. She goes back at once for another cargo.”

December 25, 1889 [SFC]: “Santa Barbara. December 24.—During the storm last night the fourteen ton scooner Brisk, with three men, came over from Anacapa Island and dropped anchor. About 4 o'clock this morning the chain broke and the schooner was dashed against the wharf. The captain and one man were washed off and swam ashore. James Ford, lately from Watsonville, could not swim and remained in the cabin and was drowned. The body has been recovered.”

December 25, 1889 [SBMP]: “A fatal result of the great storm. The sloop Brisk a total wreck and her timbers scattered along the beach. The storm on Monday night was the most severe that Santa Barbara has known for years. The wind was very heavy and the sea extremely rough. The line of breakers extended out nearly to the end of the wharf. The sloop Brisk, a small vessel belonging to E. Elliot and used by him in going to and from Anacapa Island, had been on a trip to the island and started for Santa Barbara about 9 o’clock. She was under command of Captain Harvey Jacobs, who had as a crew a young man about 22 or 23 years old names James Ford, or Forbes, whose home was at Watsonville, Monterey County where his parents reside, and a Spanish boy named Ayala. The force of the wind was so great that they crossed the channel in two hours and arrived in Santa Barbara about 11 o’clock. They anchored near the buoy on the east side of the railroad wharf, putting down two anchors. One cable parted almost as soon as the anchor was down, but the other chain held until about 4 o’clock yesterday morning, the boat in the meantime lying almost in the breakers, every wave washing clear over her. About 4 o’clock the last chain broke and the boat drifted heavily against the railroad wharf a couple of hundred feet inside the junction with the old wharf. The mast was knocked out and the boat began to go to pieces. Captain Jacobs and the Spanish boy took to the water to swim ashore, advising Ford to do the same, but he was unable to swim much and appeared dazed by the cold and the danger, and he stayed by the boat and was not seen alive again... The Brisk drifted through both wharves and her wreckage was strewed along the beach as far west as Fred’s bath-house. The largest piece left intact was a portion of her keel and her stern-post...”

December 27, 1889 [SBMP]: “The financial loss sustained by the wreck of the fishing smack Brisk on the morning of the 24th is estimated at $700. ”

December 28, 1889 [SBMP]: “The wreckage of the sloop Brisk was being broken up yesterday for fire wood and all the iron bolts and other metal saved.”

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.”

February 9, 1904 [SBMP]: “Edwin Harvey Jacobs died at the Cottage hospital yesterday morning, after a month's illness, during which time he suffered intensely. The immediate cause of death was heart failure, superinduced by cerebral meningitis, to which he had been subject in mild form for some time last. About two years ago he received an injury on the head while on a trip to San Miguel Island, and never fully recovered, although he was able to be about most of the time and held a position as forest ranger at the time he was taken down. The deceased was the oldest son of Mrs. J. H. Jacobs and was a native of this city, 34 years of age. For a number of years he followed the sea in the seal and otter trade. He was an expert shot and held some of the top-notch records as an otter hunter. He spent several winters in the northern waters of Alaska and the Siberian coast and had a number of narrow escapes from death by exposure and shipwreck. He was one of the crew of the Herman, the last ship to speak the ill-fated ship G. W. White in the terrific storm in the Behring sea in 1894 when the latter vessel with all on board was lost, including Ira Whitney of this city. Jacobs came near losing his life in the bay a few years ago when the sloop Brisk went down in a southeast storm. She broke loose from her moorings in the middle of the night and was dashed to pieces against the wharf. Jacobs and another man were on board at the time. His companion was drowned, but Jacobs, being a good swimmer, managed to reach the beach. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the family residence, No. 630 De la Vina street.”