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Challenge (#) ( -c. 1892)

Vessels wrecked at Cuyler’s Harbor include: N. B. (1879); Surprise (1881) and later refloated; Isabella (1885); Challenge (c. 1892); Liberty (1895); Santa Rosa (1899); Kate and Anna (1902); Pandora (1935); Ruth K (1960); and Josie Lena (1987).

In the News~

May 26, 1889 [SBMP]: “The sloop Challenge arrived from San Miguel Island.”

June 16, 1889 [SBMP]: “The sloop Challenge, which has been sailing among the islands, came back to the harbor Friday night for supplies and a new boat.”

July 11, 1889 [SBMP]: “The sloop Challenge arrived from Anacapa Island Tuesday with five sea lions which were landed at this port and shipped east by rail.”

July 30, 1889 [SBMP]: “The swift and pleasant yacht Challenge is for charter for passage and freight in the Channel and to the islands. Terms reasonable. Apply at the office of Putnam & Nichols, Fernald Block.”

August 3, 1889 [SBMP]: “The sloop Challenge has arrived from Guadalupe Island and is in port.” [different Challenge?]

December 19, 1889 [SBCounty Deed Book 26: 203-204]: “W. I. Nichols to William Schilling... in consideration of the sum of ten thousand dollars legal money... the undivided one half of, in and to San Miguel Island... also the undivided one half of all the following described personal property now on said island consisting of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, mules, poultry, hay farming implements, wagon, cart, harness, and saddles, blacksmith and other tools, improvements on said island, household and kitchen furniture, one other boat, one dory, one lighter, one skiff, the moorings in the harbor... also the undivided one third of the sailing yacht Challenge...”

March 13, 1890 [SBMP]: “A party went to the islands yesterday in the sloop Challenge.”

April 14, 1895 [SFCall]: “One of nature’s convulsions. San Miguel Island, April. It has fallen to my lot [Flora Haixes Loughead] to present the readers of the Call with the first accurate and reliable account, from the testimony of an eye witness, of the mysterious convulsions that have taken place at Cuyler’s Harbor on San Miguel Island, completely changing the aspect of the harbor along its inner shore… Eight pieces of ballast and a considerable length of chain and the top of the tiller belonging to the sloop Challenge, sunk in the harbor three years ago, 800 feet offshore, where flung up from the bottom of the sea at the time of the upheaval, and were picked up high and dry upon the shore…”

Challenge Point, San Miguel Island is on the island’s northeast quarter between Bay Point to the west and Nichols Point to the east.