Catalina Conserving Company

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Catalina Conserving Company (1897-1900) was organized to process and pack the large quantities of lobsters taken from the California Channel Islands. Its first plant was constructed in San Pedro Harbor in 1898, followed by a second plant in Santa Barbara a year later. Their lobster-hauling vessel, Magic, a 46.3-foot wood-hulled two-masted gasoline schooner formerly known as the Lizzie Belle W, was wrecked on the east end of Santa Rosa Island on October 11, 1899. She was replaced by the Dawn, a 35-foot wood-hulled gasoline schooner which wrecked at Anacapa Island in February, 1901.



In the News~

March 6, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “There is a new industry in town which, although at present operated on a small scale, promises material development, called the Catalina Conserving Company. Its work at present is confined to the canning of lobsters. This is said to be the first establishment of its kind on the Pacific coast. It is claimed that the meat of the lobsters caught here is better than that taken from the Atlantic waters. The lobsters are caught about the islands, nets and traps being used for the purpose. S. W. Waring is the superintendent. The present daily output of the plant is said to be from one-half ton to one ton of fresh lobsters as caught. Such an amount will furnish in the neighborhood of ten cases of four dozen one-pound cans each. From May 15 to July 15 the season will be closed. It is announced that the company will then build and arrange to do the work by a steam process, the plant to cost about $2500. The company has adopted a copyrighted label which shows the goods to be a California product, and describes in brief the places where they are caught about the islands. It is said that the new plant will furnish employment for twenty people.”


March 20, 1897 [Sausalito News]: “The Catalina Conserving Company has introduced an industry at San Pedro in the form of a lobster cannery. The concern at present operates on a small scale, the lobsters being caught about the Santa Barbara islands. The company expects to install a $2,500 plant within two or three months. The lobster meat is claimed to be superior to that taken in Atlantic waters.”


March 31, 1898 [LAH]: “Incorporations. The Catalina Conserving Company, San Pedro; $60,000; $40,370 subscribed. Directors: W. A. Ready, A. L. Hall, S. W. Waring, R. W. Kemp and Luke Kelley.”


March 31, 1898 [LAT]: “Will pickle lobsters. The Catalina Conserving Company incorporated yesterday with a capital stock of $60,000. Of this amount, $40,370 has been actually subscribed. The company will engage in the packing and pickling of lobsters, and will build a packing house at San Pedro for that purpose. The directors are W. A. Ready, A. L. Hall, S. W. Waring, R. W. Kemp and Luke Kelly.”


April 2, 1898 [LAH]: “The Catalina Conserving Company. Formed to deal in real estate, etc. Principal place of business, San Pedro. Directors — W. A. Ready, S. W. Waring, R. W. Kemp and Luke Kelley of San Pedro and A. L. Hall of San Francisco. Capital stock, $60,000. Amount subscribed $40,370.”


April 6, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “It is announced that the Catalina Conserving Company, recently incorporated, will build a cannery in East San Pedro, and commence operations in canning lobsters in about three months.”


April 13, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The Catalina Conserving Company, recently incorporated, has elected officers as follows: President, S. W. Waring; vice-president, A. L. Hall; secretary and treasurer, W. A. Ready; attorney, R. W. Kemp. The company has not yet secured its certificate of incorporation, but is preparing to have its plant constructed after the certificate is received. The plant is to be located on a plat 50 x 200 feet, leased for that purpose on the east side of the bay near the old coal wharf. The building is to be constructed on pilings over the water, like the sardine cannery, so that the out flowing tides may carry away waste matter. The Terminal Company is to extend a track to the building. The canning of lobsters, to which the concern will be mostly devoted, is to commence shortly after the opening of the season, which opening is fixed by law on July 15. During the closed season, which is from May 15 to that date of each year, the company is to pack other fish. Eight carloads of the company’s pack, it is said, have been ordered for the coming season. The plant is to cost about $2500. Small boats and crews are to be employed about the islands, gathering the lobsters. It is said to be the purpose of the company to put up the goods full weight, that is, a sixteen-ounce can will contain sixteen ounces of meat.”


April 17, 1898 [LAT]: “The fish-packing facilities of San Pedro are to be increased. The San Pedro Times announces that the Catalina Conserving Company has elected the following officers: S. W. Waring, president; A. L. Hall, vice-president; W. A. Ready, secretary and treasurer; R. W. Kemp, attorney. The company will pack all kinds of fish and lobsters.”


June 29, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “Work commenced this morning on the construction of a building for the use of the Catalina Conserving Company for packing lobsters. The building will be 26 x 76 feet, and two stories in height. It will be erected on the west side of the inner harbor, near the Haniman Fish Company’s place. Twenty-one feet of one end will rest on the bulkhead, and the remaining fifty-five feet. The schooner Lizzie Belle W, of twenty-four tons net register and having a twenty-three horse power gasoline engine, has been purchased for the company’s use in gathering lobsters…”


July 3, 1898 [LAT]: “San Pedro promises soon to be an important point for fish packing. The latest new departure in this direction is the building of a lobster packing establishment for the Catalina Conserving Company on the west side of the inner harbor. Apparatus for making cans will be installed. The lobsters will be packed in flat cans, in pound and a half sizes, and in ordinary cans. A twenty-four-ton schooner has been purchased, with a gasoline power engine, to be used in gathering the lobsters. It is expected that the plant will be in operation by the middle of this month. It is expected that about nine carloads of packed lobsters will be put up annually, the plant employing about twenty people.”


July 10, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “Work on the lobster packing plant is progressing rapidly. The managers say that they hope to commence operations within a fortnight.”


August 3, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The crawfish-packing plant constructed by the Catalina Conserving Company is to commence operation Wednesday. The power sloop Lizzie Belle W has arrived from Santa Cruz Island with three tons of the fish. The company will manufacture its own cans in ‘talls’ and ‘flats’ of different sizes. A large number of cans have been made ready for use.”


August 13, 1898 [LAH]: “The Catalina Conserving Company of San Pedro is preparing an exhibit of canned crawfish, or more correctly, Pacific lobster, for Omaha. The company has recently completed its cannery and started in business, but is far behind on orders, the demand being much greater than they had anticipated. The California Fish Company has an exhibit in Omaha that attracts a great deal of attention and is quite a taking feature in the Los Angeles county department. Visitors generally are quite surprised to learn that sardines are found and prepared on this coast. It will be quite as surprising to our people to learn that the United States Fish commissioner, in his last report, pronounced them true sardines and much superior to the small menhaden found near the coast of France.”


August 18, 1898 [LAT]: “The Catalina Conserving Company, lobster packing… was elected to membership of the Chamber of Commerce.”


August 13, 1898 [LAH]: “The Catalina Conserving Company of East San Pedro displays some of its splendid California rock lobsters put up in neat round tins. An exhibit of this article was made at Omaha, which brought in more orders to the company than it can fill for some time.”


September 4, 1898 [LAT]: “A northern canning industry was recently added to those already existing in San Pedro. The San Pedro News recently gave the following account of this industry: Yesterday the news scribe visited the works of the Catalina Conserving Company, recently established in San Pedro. The company is mainly composed of San Francisco gentlemen, the only local representatives being S. W. Waring and W. A. Ready, president and secretary-treasurer respectively. Its purpose is to prepare for the market the palatable lobster abounding so plentifully along the coast of our offshore islands. The establishment is equipped with all the latest and most improved machinery, has a capacity of about five tons per week, and when complete in working order will give employment to a large number of persons. On arrival at the cannery’s works, the lobsters are thrown alive into tanks of boiling water, each tank having a capacity of about 1000 pounds. They then come under the manipulation of a machine which wields a large knife, and the crustacean comes out of this conflict minus his coat of mail and all other appurtenances except the pure white meat. They then take a plunge in a large tank filled with clean water and are polished off with a scrubbing brush, especially designed for that purpose. They are then packed into cans of the following capacity: one pound tall, one pound flat, picnic tall and 1/2 pound flat, each being first lined with parchment paper to avoid contact with the tin. A liquid was then poured over Mr. Lobster and the cans soldered up and transferred to steaming tanks. When taken out, each can is tapped to let the steam out, and the tap is immediately closed. The cans are then labeled and ready for market. The cans are manufactured at the establishment; the tin employed being purchased in large sheets. We are informed that a San Francisco house has control of all the goods they produce.”


October 30, 1898 [LAT]: “San Pedro. The Catalina Conserving Company established last July, has a capacity of turning out 4000 pounds of canned lobsters daily, and the goods packed under this brand have no superior.”


November 10, 1898 [LAH]: “Secretary Wiggins tells of the closing days of the Great [Omaha] Fair — list of the fortunate ones... At the closing exercises at the auditorium when it was announced from the stage that the Los Angeles county exhibit had been one of the main factors in the success of the exposition and it had been awarded one of the grand prizes, the audience rose and gave three cheers... The list of prize winners is as follows: California Fish Company, sardines ~ gold... Catalina Conserving Company, canned lobster ~ silver...”


December 17, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “A gasoline explosion followed by a fierce fire on the power schooner Lizzie Belle W today resulted in painful injuries to four men and a good deal of damage. The little vessel, which is owned by the Catalina Conserving Company, was lying along side the steam schooner Hueneme, which was tied to the dock on the west side of the inner harbor… Immediately after the explosion S. W. Waring, the president of the company which owns the boat, gave his personal attention to the wants of the men… The Lizzie Belle W has a tonnage of about twelve tons, and was built here nine years ago by Captain D. W. Weldt, her present skipper… Captain Weldt had a rough experience in bringing the craft in on her last trip from Santa Cruz Island. He had a cargo of five tons of lobsters aboard, when last Tuesday the engine gave out…”


December 30, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The power schooner Santa Barbara sailed Wednesday night for Santa Cruz Island for a cargo of lobsters for the Catalina Conserving Company’s plant here. The Santa Barbara will be used temporarily in place of the Lizzie Belle W, which was damaged by a gasoline explosion.”


January 8, 1899 [LAT/SP]: “The Catalina Conserving Company’s powerboat Lizzie Belle W, which was damaged by a gasoline explosion, is being repaired. The engine was not greatly injured and can be repaired. The boat is used as a lobster transport.”


March 30, 1899 [SBMP]: “The San Pedro Times announces the arrival of a vessel from Santa Cruz Island with eight tons of lobsters for the Catalina Conserving Company, and add that it expects to receive thereafter fifteen tons a week. The number of men and schooners engaged in the lobster trade have heretofore been limited to a comparatively small number, but it appears that their number has materially increased since the removal of the game warden...”


April 19, 1899 [LAT/SP]: “S. W. Waring, who recently disposed of his interest in the lobster-packing plant of the Catalina Conserving Company, said today that the necessary financial backing had been secured for construction of a new fish-packing plant here. Most of the backers are San Francisco men. There has been $60,000 subscribed. An extensive salting and pickling department is to be established, and there is to be a smokehouse with a large capacity. It is intended to can not only lobsters and sardines, but other fish as well. Mr. Waring will leave in a few days on a tour down the Mexican coast, and hopes to make arrangements for getting the big turtles which frequent the waters along there…”


April 23, 1899 [LAT]: “Crawfish… The gasoline schooner Lizzie Bell W came into the harbor Saturday with seventy-five crates of crawfish. They were caught in the kelp beds off Santa Cruz Island, a little over sixty miles from this port. A finer lot of crustaceans would be hard to find. Many of them will weigh over twelve pounds each. They will be canned by the Catalina Conserving Company, whose plant is located a few hundred feet south of the customs house. The whole lot would weigh nearly seven tons and represents less than a week’s work of four fishermen. Their earnings from this catch was over $30 apiece. A great many crawfish are captured off San Clemente Island, but fishermen claim they are smaller than those taken further north. The water is deeper and the little animals have less vegetable matter to feed on.”


May 10, 1899 [LAT/SP]: “The lobster fishermen who are supplying the Catalina Conserving Company, which has a packing plant here, have a grievance against the Santa Barbara County Supervisors. The cause of the trouble is an ordinance in effect in that county making it a misdemeanor to catch lobsters between April 15 and September 15. That makes the closed season much longer than the one prescribed by the State law, which period lasts only from May 15 to July 15. Nearly all of the lobsters packed by the Catalina Conserving Company are taken from Santa Cruz Island, which isolated territory is claimed by Santa Barbara County. Two of the fishermen arrested for taking lobsters from the shores of that island have each paid $20 fines rather than contest the case, and six more are on trial at Santa Barbara today. A representative of the company said today that exaggerated reports had been circulated in Santa Barbara to the effect that the company had been taking from twenty-five to thirty tons of lobsters per week. This, he said, is not true, for the capacity of the plant is only ten or twelve tons per week. The fishermen supplying the Santa Barbara trade with fresh lobsters, he was sure, had no just ground for grievance, as the quantity taken by the company had not reduced the supply sufficiently to hinder the Santa Barbara fishermen from taking lobsters from that island also…”


June 22, 1899 [LAT/SP]: “The prospect of establishing a cannery here for the packing of the sea products of the Lower California waters is favorable, according to S. W. Waring, late manager of the Catalina Conserving Company’s lobster-packing plant in this city…”


July 6, 1899 [LAH]: “Manager James, of the Catalina Conserving Company of San Pedro, stated that his company will remove to Santa Barbara this month. Their works will be located in the Union mill on the wharf.”


July 26, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “The work on fitting up the plant of the Catalina Conserving Company, the crawfish cannery to be loaded here, is progressing very rapidly. The labor of remodeling the Union Mill Building at the wharf will be finished this evening. Tomorrow a new building will be commenced. By August 1 machinery will be here, and by August 14 everything will be in readiness to begin taking the crawfish. About $12,000 to $15,000 will be spent in fitting up the plant. Once it begins the work, $250 a week will be paid out in wages. This is exclusive of wages paid to men working at the crawfish bins, and the cost of supplies must be added to the sum to be spent in this city.”


July 27, 1899 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara shifts her peg up several points with a brand new crawfish cannery, and the business community of the whole south coast says: ‘Good for Santa Barbara.’”


August 16, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “The Catalina Conserving Company’s new cannery opened its doors here this morning, and made a test of its machinery. During the past month the company’s employees have been engaged in getting the plant ready for active operations. The season of crayfish opens today. On the Channel Islands are three crayfish camps. A cargo of fish may be expected tomorrow or Thursday. Canning persons will be given employment. The process of canning the fish will be the same as that used at the San Pedro plant. The fish, put into heavy wire crates, are killed by being dipped into boiling water. The shells are then taken off, and the meat packed into tin cans, it being protected by the tin by especially prepared medicated paper. The cans are then put into hot water and the crayfish cooked in the can.”


August 17, 1899 [LAH]: “The Catalina Conserving Company yesterday started operations in full force, and vats and connecting pipes tested. The full capacity of the plant will be seven or eight tons a day. It is the largest plant of its kind along the coast.”


August 20, 1899 [SBMP]: “The gasoline schooner Magic, formerly the Lizzie Belle W, is overdue, and some apprehension is felt by the owners. The vessel belongs to the Catalina Conserving Company and will be engaged in bringing crawfish from the islands to the cannery.”


August 24, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “The Catalina Conserving Company’s schooner, the Magic, Captain O’Brien, is lying a wreck in the rocky channel between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands. The schooner Santa Rosa arrived here yesterday bringing over Edward Duffy, engineer of the lost vessel, and two of her crew, one a boy. Duffy and his companions had an exciting experience during the accident...”


August 24, 1899 [SBMP]: “The gasoline schooner Magic, formerly the Lizzie Belle W, lies in three and one half fathoms of water in Rancho Viejo Bay, Santa Rosa Island... The Magic left this port Sunday morning with a cargo of camping paraphernalia and about ten fishermen, to establish a camp on the island... She belonged to Captain Larco of this city for some time, and was called Lizzie Belle W. when he owned her. She now belongs to the Catalina Conserving Company, and it was their men who were aboard her when she sank. She has been used to bring over crawfish from the islands.”


August 27, 1899 [SBMP]: “Captain O'Brien must explain. Owners of Magic hold him responsible for wreck. Underwriters to investigate. Schooner Dawn will come from San Pedro to take place of vessel wrecked at island. Captain Frank Lavell, formerly captain of the schooner Magic, which was wrecked Tuesday afternoon on Santa Rosa Island, left for San Pedro on the afternoon train yesterday and will bring up the large gasoline schooner Dawn to take the place of the Magic in carrying crawfish from the islands to the cannery. She has been rented for this purpose, and will be used until the company can purchase another. Captain David O'Brien left Wednesday for San Francisco, and it was yesterday rumored that he would have to make a better explanation of his conduct before the wreck occurred than he has made here. In all probability the insurance underwriters will come here to investigate before any insurance can be collected by the owners of the vessel. The Catalina Conserving Company has made arrangements with the small fishing boats to carry over their supply of crawfish from the islands until other arrangements can be made.”


August 28, 1899 [SBDI]: “The sail boat Petrel arrived at two o’clock yesterday morning with a heavy load of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company. This is the first consignment of fish for the company’s plant in this city, and to William Bates, the owner of the boat, is due the honor of bringing the first crustaceans to be canned in Santa Barbara. The machinery was ready for use and, although it was Sunday, the works were put in operation as soon as the boat’s cargo had been unloaded. The fish were carefully examined and sorted, the dead ones being thrown away. All in perfect condition were boiled in a large tank and afterward removed to another department where a large force of workmen took the meat from the shell, neatly washing it with water and brush. The meat from the legs was also removed for canning. The meat was placed in a large press where all water was squeezed out. When the fish had been properly dressed and prepared in a manner that insures preservation, it was placed in cans of four different sizes which were at once sealed. The cans were then placed in vats and again cooked. The process is so thorough and scientific that the fish are warranted to keep forever in the sealed cans. The scrupulous cleanliness of the establishment is an important factor. The cannery is located at the foot of the railroad pier, near the lumber yard. Here the fish are prepared, the boxes and cans made and the packing for shipment effected. More than twenty-five men are given employment in this city alone, while a number are engaged on boats and in various camps on the islands. It has already been determined that our crawfish are superior to the Eastern lobster, and as the latter are rapidly diminishing, it is evident that a great industry is springing up in this city.”


August 29, 1899 [SBDI]: “The sloop Big Loafer arrived from the islands today with a cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


August 29, 1899 [LAT/SP]: “The powerboat Dawn leaves this port this evening to operate in the lobster-catching business for the Catalina Conserving Company in place of the Magic, which was wrecked last week.”


August 30, 1899 [SBMP]: “The gasoline schooner Dawn came into port about noon yesterday. She will be used to carry crawfish from the islands for the canning company.”


September 7, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “Marine Insurance Inspector Turner of the Firemen’s Fund Company, and a party of divers and wreckers from San Francisco went to Santa Rosa Island today to examine the Magic, the vessel belonging to the Catalina Conserving Company, recently wrecked on a reef off that island. An attempt will be made to raise her.”


September 7, 1899 [LAH]: “The schooner Santa Rosa left for the islands today with Marine Insurance Inspector Turner of the Firemen's Fund company and a party of divers and wreckers from San Francisco, who will endeavor to raise the Magic, the vessel belonging to the Catalina Conserving Company which was wrecked August last on a reef off Santa Rosa Island.”


September 9, 1899 [LAH]: “An anti-crawfish crusade started at Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, Sept. 8. — This morning Game Warden C. A. Loud, while visiting the Catalina Conserving Company's plant on the wharf, made a discovery which may prevent the catching of crawfish at any time of the year. He took out of the vat, in which were a large amount of crawfish, a fish measuring seven and a half inches. Manager James snatched the fish out of his hand and threw it into the vat, but immediately returned it to the game warden. A warrant has been sworn out for the arrest of Manager James. The matter will be brought before the supervisors at their next meeting, and it is rumored that an ordinance prohibiting the catching of crawfish on the coast around Santa Barbara will be passed.”


September 9, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “L. James, manager of the Catalina Conserving Company’s cannery, was arrested this afternoon charged with having in his possession crawfish under the legal length. He pleaded not guilty. The trial is not yet set.”


September 13, 1899 [LAH]: “The case against the management of the Catalina Conserving Company for having crawfish in its possession under size has been set for trial before a jury Thursday morning.”


September 15, 1899 [LAH]: “Jury disagreed in the celebrated crawfish case at Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, Sept. 14. — The trial of L. James, manager of the Catalina Conserving Company, for having crawfish in his possession under size, a violation of the county game laws, came off in Justice Wheaton's court this morning. H. C. Booth was attorney for the defendant, and E. C. Squier, the district attorney, for the plaintiff. The jury disagreed by a vote of eight for acquittal and two for conviction.”


October 13, 1899 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn arrived from the islands this morning with a large cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


October 28, 1899 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn arrived in port at 6 o’clock this morning with a large cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


November 4, 1899 [LAT]: “The only manufacturing plants in the county are… a new cannery of the Catalina Conserving Company. The cannery company has invested about $12,000.”


November 7, 1899 [SBMP]: “The schooner Dawn arrived from the islands this morning with a cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company. Her continued whistling attracted a great deal of attention.”


November 25, 1899 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn arrived from the islands this morning with a cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


December 4, 1899 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn left for the islands this morning with a crew aboard in search of crawfish.”


December 11, 1899 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn arrived this morning with a cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


January 4, 1900 [SBMP]: “The schooner Big Loafer will leave for the islands tomorrow morning in search of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


January 19, 1900 [SBDI]: “The yacht Ariel returned from the islands yesterday with 400 pounds of fish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


January 19, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn will leave tonight for the islands in search of fish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


January 23, 1900 [SBMP]: “The schooner Dawn arrived from the islands this morning with a cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


January 27, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn arrived from the islands this morning with a cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


February 17, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Dawn is due this morning with a cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


February 27, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn arrived from the islands today with four tons of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


March 6, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn left this morning for San Miguel Island in search of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


March 20, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn arrived from the islands this morning with a cargo of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


March 22, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Big Loafer arrived this morning from the islands with a cargo of crawfish and rock cod for the Catalina Conserving Company.”


March 27, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Dawn is due tonight or tomorrow with the last cargo of crawfish for the season. The cannery will close, under the operation of the game laws, April 1st. Superintendent James seems satisfied with the season's output, and states that the company will resume business at the old stand next fall.”


April 3, 1900 [LAT]: “The canning of crawfish at Santa Barbara having necessarily ceased with the beginning of the closed season, April 1, Superintendent James of the Catalina Conserving Company, which has been operating the cannery, has conceived the idea of turning it into a fruit cannery for a part of the coming season. His plan asks, however, the cooperation of some of the citizens of Santa Barbara, and no final decision has as yet been reached in the matter.”


May 24, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Sam Burtis will make the effort to raise the Magic. The wreck of the vessel said to be in very fair condition and worth saving. Captain Sam Burtis, with the schooner Kate and Anna, will make an effort this week to raise the gasoline schooner Magic, wrecked nearly a year ago off the southeast shore of Santa Rosa Island. The wrecked vessel was in crawfish service for the Catalina Conserving Company of this city. She contains valuable machinery, and Captain Burtis, after a thorough inspection of the hull recently, decided that she could be raised, or the engines at least saved, and he accordingly purchased the wreck from the underwriters at San Francisco. Captain Burtis will begin the task at once.”


June 24, 1900 [LAT/SB]: “The Catalina Conserving Company’s crawfish cannery at the wharf here was sold today for $300 to satisfy claims of the Santa Barbara Lumber Company and Daniel Wilson of San Francisco.”


August 17, 1900 [SBDI]: “The building formerly occupied by the Catalina Conserving Company is being torn down and the lumber taken away.”


February 15, 1901 [SBDP]: “The Dawn wrecked. Went to pieces on Anacapa rocks. News reached here yesterday from Hueneme of the total wreck of the gasoline schooner Dawn, formerly of this port. She went ashore on Saturday night in a strong northeast gale on the rocks of the harbor of Anacapa Island [Frenchy's Cove]. The vessel was a large one and was well known at the time of the running of the Catalina Conserving Company cannery here. She plied between this port and the islands in the crawfish trade for several months. The crew was saved in the wreck. The 12-horse gasoline engine was also saved. The captain, Olsen, and his crew rowed across the channel from the islands and landed at Hueneme last Wednesday evening.”


August 15, 1901 [LAT/SP]: “Mr. De Garmo of Los Angeles is about to start the operation of a lobster cannery with the plant of the Catalina Conserving Company, which has been used for some time. Messrs. Beach, Boardman and Stevenson are about to start a lobster packing establishment in the same locality south of the Southern Pacific wharf depot. They will use a part of the plant of the San Pedro Fish and Ice Company.”