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In the News~

January 18, 1914 [LAT]: “The official dragnet of Immigration Inspector Connell, in operation under cover for two weeks, brought a large collection of alleged Chinese smugglers to book yesterday. As a consequence, the smart-looking launch, Calypso, well-known at Long Beach where it was in the Catalina Island trade last summer, and Fred Fox, Maurice Pittinger and David Main are in the hands of the law…”

January 20, 1914 [LAT]: “Immigration inspector O. F. Miller, with Inspectors Kuykendall and Jack, kept watch on a launch off the Channel Islands near Santa Barbara, looking for the Calypso, with its human cargo of smuggled Chinese…”

July 26, 1915 [LAT]: “Avalon. For over three hours the gasoline launch Calypso of San Pedro, used by the White Star Catalina Tours, drifted in the Catalina channel Saturday afternoon while its engineer was unable to start the engine, owing to a burned-out spark plug. There were no facilities on board to repair the damage. The launch had probably seventy persons on board, men, women and children, who had made the cross-channel trip to Avalon and who were then returning to their homes on the mainland. It was only by mere chance that the launch Cornell, Captain George N. Cornell, which was returning from the Isthmus to Avalon, sighted the disabled craft and went to the rescue. When first sighted by the Cornell, the launch Calypso was flying distress signals, but owing to the fact that there was but little wind at the time Captain Cornell stated that he was not sure whether the craft needed assistance or the parties on board were fishing. In the swift currents the craft was rapidly drifting out of the regular course of the cross-channel traffic. The Calypso left Avalon shortly after 3 o’clock and it was almost dark when their rescuers hove to so that the captain of the Cornell could ask the usual questions required from operators of vessels disabled on the high seas. Many of the passengers cheered as the Cornell approached, but it was found that the Calypso carried too many persons for the Cornell to haul at one time. Neither the Calypso nor the Cornell is equipped with wireless apparatus. Although unable to repair the damage done to the spark plug, Captain Cornell devised a scheme to set the disabled engine in motion. From his own engine room he connected electric wires to the engine of the Calypso, running the electric current up to 110 volts and by this means the machinery was once more set in motion, after which it could be operated from a magneto located in the engine room of the Calypso. Until assured of the safety of the passengers the launch Cornell remained within speaking distance… The launch Calypso is one of the competing boats used by the White Star Line in an effort to force the Freeholders’ Improvement Association of Avalon to allow passenger and freight-loading privileges at the Association’s wharf. A suit is ow pending in the Superior Court to settle the legal side of the problem…”

September 12, 1915 [LAT]: “A new angle of the Catalina passenger traffic fight appears in the $25,000 damage suit filed by J. N. Braun, owner of the Calypso, a sixty-four-foot gasoline launch operating between the mainland and the island. The action, filed yesterday, is against the Wilmington Transportation Company and their employees. Mr. Braun complains that the solicitors for business of the rival boat companies have belittled his boat by calling it a fishing smack, a little gasoline launch, and an old scow. With the alleged view of frightening patrons, he says, the solicitors said the Calypso shipped water and that the lifeboat it carried was in a leaky condition. If the passengers boarded the Calypso, the solicitors are alleged to have said they would ‘have to walk back.’ In addition to these alleged false reports, Mr. Braun says pictures of a smaller vessel have been exhibited as representing the Calypso. He also complains that his employees have been beaten and threats of violence made against them. He seeks by the suit to restrain his rivals from further interfering with his business of carrying passengers to the island. There is keen rivalry in the carrying line for the Catalina trade.”

September 16, 1915 [LAT]: “Boat fight. Judge Myers will take up Monday after argument yesterday, affidavits in the suit of J. W. Braun, of the steamer Calypso, against the Wilmington Transportation Company, the Meteor Boat Company and their employees, to restrain them from interfering with the patrons of the Calypso. A restraining order heretofore ordered will remain in force pending the outcome of the trial.”