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Brothers (#3465) (1890-1941), 64.3-foot wood-hulled schooner built in San Francisco by A. Hay. She was later converted into a steamer and then a scow used for commercial fishing. From 1925-1932 Brothers was owned by the Van Camp Sea Food Company, and in 1933 she was listed as abandoned. On October 10, 1941 Brothers was foundered at Pebbly Beach, Santa Catalina Island.

[Huntington. Banning Album 180(603). 1915 Brothers loading for Emerald Bay Camping Expedition. The scow Brothers equipped with derrick and 2 30-HP Union gas engines, one of which operated hoist for 10-ton derrick. Written in Hancock Banning Sr.’s handwriting.]



In the News~

May 5, 1895 [LAT/SP]: “Port of San Pedro. Arrivals May 4: schooner Brothers from Catalina Island, 750 sheep for Vail & Gates…”


December 25, 1896 [LAH]: “Schooner Brothers, Capt. Widing, arrived from San Clemente Island.”


April 28, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “The schooner Brothers, which left San Clemente Island on Saturday last with a cargo, had a rough voyage coming across the channel. She encountered a gale on Sunday evening, and, as she was about twelve miles out from here, the mainsail was rent into shreds. In her crippled condition she was unable to make this port, but made Long Beach. H. C. Hubbell, the owner of the vessel, who was onboard, managed to get to Long Beach and telephoned here for a tug, and the Wilmington Transportation Company’s steamer Falcon towed the damaged vessel safely into port.”


September 30, 1897 [LAT/SCat]: “S. C. Hubbell of Los Angeles, who is a monopolist to the extent of owning all the sheep on San Clemente Island, sailed over from there this morning in the Brothers, to take the steamer for San Pedro today.”


April 1, 1900 [LAH]: “The schooner Brothers, with a cargo of sheep, returned from Clemente Island on Thursday.”


April 14, 1900 [LAH]: “Arrivals since April 1: schooner Brothers, Captain Widing, from Clemente, with 82 bales of wool...”


May 16, 1900 [LAH]: “Shipping news. Arrivals since May 7 — ... schooner Brothers, Captain Widing, from San Nicolas Island,, with 72 bales of wool and 146 sheep for Clemente Wool Company...


June 22, 1902 [LAT]: “The scow Brothers, Captain Whitten [Widing], arrived in port Thursday with a cargo of sheep from Charles Hubbell, San Clemente Island.”


June 25, 1902 [LAT]: “W. J. McGimpsey left today for San Nicolas Island, where he will prospect for oil. He has leased the island from the government, and expects to begin drilling within a short time. "I have visited the island before," said he, "and spent some time investigating the field, which, so far as it is possible for a man to judge from a geological point of view in relation to other oil fields in this section, impresses me as being equal, if not superior, to any that have thus far been successfully operated." A report is going the rounds of seafaring men and others that all the buildings and shacks on the island were seen burning the latter part of last week. The island was visited Tuesday by the United States lighthouse tender Madroño, when notices were posted ordering a French sheepherder to vacate, for the reason that the island property had been leased by the government. A few days later the scow Brothers, Captain Winters, conveyed the sheepherder, with 3000 sheep, to San Pedro.”


March 9, 1903 [LAH]: “Movement of local vessels. Sunday, March 8. Arrived. Schooner Brothers, from San Clemente Island with a cargo of wool.”


March 29, 1903 [LAH]: “Arrived. Schooner Brothers, Captain Widing, from Clemente Island with sheep and wool.”


April 22, 1903 [LAT/SCat]: “’Johnnie’ Robarts, majorodomo of San Clemente Island, accompanied by his wife, is visiting his friends here. Mr. Robarts and his brother, with their wives, are the only residents of San Clemente and life becomes rather monotonous after being marooned for a year or so at a stretch. Robarts is superintendent of the San Clemente Wool Company, and as the season of sheep shearing has just been closed, he reports a successful and prosperous year. They have had a force of fifty or sixty paisanos in rounding up and shearing, their one yearly diversion, and these were brought over with a cargo of wool on the company’s schooner, the Brothers, last Saturday.”


June 2, 1903 [SBMP]: “The Brothers, a freight schooner, brought over a load of 549 sheep Sunday from Santa Rosa Island for the local markets. She will go to San Pedro today where her captain, Fred Widing, will take command of the new schooner recently completed for Vail & Vickers, to ply between this port and the island. The new vessel will be the largest of the local fleet, equipped with a 92-horsepower engine. She was recently launched at Banning Ship Yards.”


June 10, 1904 [LAH]: “The schooner Brothers, property of the Clemente Wool Company, which went ashore on Catalina Island last week, was brought into port by the tug Warrior last evening in a badly damaged condition. The vessel will be placed on the dry dock at Mormon Island for repairs.”


April 28, 1906 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. W. B. Alexander, buyer for the Simon Maier Packing Company, is here superintending the shipment of two boatloads of Catalina mutton today. The schooner Brothers and the Falcon were loaded at Empire this morning...”