CUNNINGHAM, Scotty

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CUNNINGHAM, Scotty ( - )



In the News~

July 26, 1913 [SBMP]: “Crossing channel in 54 minutes, record made by Miller’s speedy motor craft. Wonderful performance of racer Whatahell from Pelican Bay to this city. Earl Miller’s racing boat Whatahell broke all trans-channel records yesterday when it crossed from Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, to Santa Barbara in 54 minutes… A young man named Cunningham was the only person aboard, and he had a thrilling trip… The Millers broke camp yesterday, other members of the party reaching the city later in the day on the Charm, Captain H. S. Short. The best previous record, 58 minutes, is held by the United States torpedo boat Perry.”


March 3, 1914 [SBMP]: “A party of a dozen men, intent on the royal sport of boar hunting, went to Santa Cruz Island on the Sampan with Captain Scotty Cunningham last Saturday night, expecting to return home the following evening. When midnight came with no tidings from the valiant nimrods, their wives and children and certain others became very anxious over their fate, and when a new day dawned with no sign of their return, visions of all sorts of disaster from shipwreck to death from boar tusks, arose among the half-frenzied watchers. At 10 o’clock A.M. yesterday, Captain Vasquez was dispatched in the Otter to search the waters of Old Ocean for the missing huntsmen. He had not far to look, for he ran into them at a point eight miles from the Santa Barbara shore. All was well with the hunters, and their only reason for not returning to the mainland on their original schedule was the fact that they had too much sense to set out in a small boat in water so rough that it would inevitably have swamped their little craft.”


June 20, 1914 [SBMP]: “Eaton captures two more Stellers. Captain of the Sea Wolf bitten by enraged animal when landed. There is another feather in the cap of Captain Ira Eaton in the capture of Steller sea lions—so very rare, and so extremely difficult to take alive… ’Scotty’ Cunningham, who was a member of the sealing crew, and who has had a lot of experience with wounds suffered on the sea, by himself and other men, dressed the wound and applied a disinfectant…”


August 12, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain ‘Scotty’ Cunningham came over from Pelican Bay in his powerboat, the Sampan, yesterday morning, bringing over a few campers who have been reveling in the delights of island life for some time past, and reporting well and happy all who are now encamped at the bay…”


December 31, 1914 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson and Scotty Cunningham of the powerboats Flyer and Sampan, respectively, are in from their fishing camps on Santa Cruz Island, to spend a the New Year holiday. They brought in very small quantities of fish and a very few crawfish. They report the fishing camps about all deserted, the fishermen having gone to their homes for the holidays.”


January 3, 1915 [SBMP]: “Scotty Cunningham returned yesterday afternoon to his crawfish camp on the Anacapa Island shore, with a lot of new traps to take the place of those he lost in the recent gales that destroyed most of the traps at all the island camps.”


January 4, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Crawfish around Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands should now beware, as a fresh supply of traps has arrived to take the place of those destroyed recently by the storms and high tides along the island shore. Scotty Cunningham is at his camp on the island today, having just taken a cargo of new traps over. The Larco Fish Company’s boat, Miramar, took over a number of traps to Santa Cruz Island as well, to replace those destroyed in the recent storms.”


January 21, 1915 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson same in from the islands yesterday for supplies for his craw fishing camp. He and Scotty Cunningham, who operate the powerboats Flyer and Sampan respectively, are working together, and are changing their camp from the bleak shore of Anacapa Island to Valdez Harbor, by most people considered the most beautiful spot on Santa Cruz Island. From what Hanson says, however, the main object in making the change is not for aesthetic reasons, but in the hope of finding better craw fishing grounds. He declares he never saw so few crawfish as there are this season, and that none of the men engaged in this line of fishing are making any money from it.”


January 21, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Crawfish are reported very scarce by Captain Charles Hanson, who has come in from the islands to lay in a fresh stock of supplies for his crawfishing camp. Mr. Hanson and Scotty Cunningham are working together, and have changed their base of operations from the shore of Anacapa Island to Valdez Harbor, in the hope that crawfish may prove better there. The captain said that the men engaged in catching this elusive delicacy are not meeting with any noticeable success.”


March 9, 1915 [SBMP]: “Eaton after seals. Captain Ira K. Eaton left for Santa Cruz Island Sunday noon after seals for Captain George M. McGuire. Eaton is expected to take on Scotty Cunningham and Charles Larson at Pelican Bay to aid him in his expedition.”


March 12, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned yesterday from Santa Cruz Island in his powerboat Sea Wolf, in which, accompanied by Scotty Cunningham, he had been hunting seals in the island caves. The hunters brought home one seal, they having found very unfavorable conditions of water in caves. A heavy ground swell had torn their nets badly and they had to postpone their quest until a better state of water came. They will resume the hunt today.”


May 6, 1915 [SBMP]:Aggi and cargo are total loss. Captain Olsen remains on board until ship breaks in two. Crew is in Santa Barbara awaiting transportation north. After a terrible pounding on the rocks at Talcott’s Reef, two miles off the northwestern corner of Santa Rosa Island, since last Monday afternoon, when she was blown, helpless, onto the shoal, the full-rigged Norwegian ship Aggi broke in two last Tuesday night, there being aboard the doomed craft at the time her captain, A. Olsen, Scotty Cunningham of the Sea Wolf’s crew, and Sol Gerow of Santa Barbara. When the final disaster in the rough history of the ship came, these men took to a small boat and made for the island shore…”


May 18, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, accompanied by his trusty first mate, Scotty Cunningham, will go to the islands in the Sea Wolf today in quest of seals for Captain George M. McGuire, who has an order for 26 California black seals and four Steller lions. The latter, which are very much harder to find and to capture than are the black fellows, are said to be in rather larger supply this year than for many seasons past. They are to be found only on the almost inaccessible rocks of San Miguel, much of the year impossible to approach on account of the rough water surrounding the island, and the finding of these wild and vicious sea animals is the smallest part of it, for it takes real bravery and a high grade of special skill to capture them.”


May 18, 1915 [SBMP]: “Wreck of the Aggi will soon be dream. Universal must hurry if it wants to photograph the real thing. Henry McRea, D. M. Meaney and Allen Watt of the Universal Motion Picture concern’s company that is working in the photoplays that are to be made with the wreck of the Aggi as a setting, arrived at the Arlington Hotel from Los Angeles last Sunday and went over to the Universal camp on Santa Rosa Island shore yesterday afternoon by the powerboat Panama to get plans organized for active work... As Scotty Cunningham, returning from the scene yesterday, expressed it: ‘They’ll have to hurry up with their moving pictures. The wreck will soon be only a dream—and you can’t photograph a dream.’ The Universal is reported to have paid $3000 for the wreck.”


July 9, 1915 [SBMP]: “Scotty Cunningham returned to Pelican Bay in his powerboat, the Sampan, last night, after spending his Fourth of July holiday on the mainland. He and his neat little craft took an active part in the marine pageant last Monday night, carrying in the parade the brilliantly illuminated device of the Manhattan Club.”


February 29, 1916 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson, Scotty Cunningham and a half dozen other crawfishers came over from Santa Cruz Island in their fishing boats last Sunday with their final catches of this prized ocean delicacy for this season. Their camps have been dismantled, as the crawfish season goes out with today. All the camps on the island shores have been abandoned, there having been fifteen to last the season out on Santa Cruz.”


August 1, 1916 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning Scotty Cunningham came over from Dick’s Harbor with about 1,000 pounds of jack smelt, the largest catch he had made this season. He will go back to his island camp today to try his luck again while fishing is good.”


October 31, 1916 [SCICo]: “We wrote you about Eaton's dogs and his assurance that they would be removed at once… "Scotty" told Miss Caire that someone had brought both dogs back from Santa Barbara and turned them loose. We sent to Pelican Bay and have brought them to the Main Ranch and are sending them to the pound in Santa Barbara “


January 6, 1917 [SBDN]: “Carl Carrillo, the 16-year-old Compton boy who inherits one-forth of the $7,000,000 DeBaker estate when he reaches his majority, is still a sailor lad. He is the third helper aboard the schooner Santa Cruz, which plies between Santa Barbara and the island. After spending the holidays in Los Angeles and Bakersfield with his mother in what constituted their first meeting in eighteen months, Carl again answered the lure of the sea and reentered the service of the Caire family at a monthly wage of $25 and board… Carrillo left some of his own initiative and is thought to have come here but a few days after he left Compton… For the first few months he lived with William Jennings, an acquaintance of the Carrillo family, and earned his spending money by doing off jobs. Then last summer he succumbed to the lure of Santa Cruz Island and accepted the hard job of helper aboard the Sampan, a fishing boat run by Scotty Cunningham. Carl remained on this boat until the latter part of October when a disagreement with Mr. Cunningham caused him to apply for service with the Santa Cruz Island Company. He has been working steadily for that corporation with the exception of the holiday period…”


October 20, 1917 [SBDN]: “Youth drowned in windswept ocean. Launch Marguerite founders off Anacapa and Bryan Schafer is lost. Bryan Schafer, 20 years old, a native of Santa Barbara, was drowned Wednesday morning when a fishing boat, the launch Marguerite, foundered off Anacapa Island, during the terrific windstorm that swept the ocean and sections of the mainland. Schafer’s companion, Jack Carrillo, owner of the boat, saved his life only after a hard battle with the sea, when he swam for seven hours, finally reaching Hungry Man’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, seven miles distant from the scene of the disaster… Just two months before the accident on August 18, the Marguerite was was bought for Jack Carrillo by Scotty Cunningham, a local fisherman. The boat was worth $1100, was 33 feet in length, 10 feet wide, and had a five-horsepower engine. It was considered one of the most seaworthy boats in this section. Jack Carrillo says that it sank about three quarters of a mile from the west end of Anacapa Island and seven miles from the east end of Santa Cruz. He reported the drowning to A. M. Ruiz early this morning...”