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Charm
Charm at Lady's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island
Charm at Cueva Valdez, Santa Cruz Island

Charm (#204167) (1907-1914), 37-foot gasoline-powered vessel with a wood hull built in Santa Barbara by Captain Henry Singly Short, after the loss of his vessel, Point Firmin, and Ariel before that. For several years, Charm was used to transport campers to Santa Cruz Island. Margaret Eaton reports Charm picking up fish at their camp at Willows in 1908. In 1909 she took Mr. Cameron Rogers, Mr. C.C. Felton, and Mr. Reggie Fernald to Dick’s, and also in 1909, Charm got her anchor line fouled in kelp and washed ashore west of Goleta. The Baltic hauled her off the beach and she was taken to Santa Barbara for repairs. In 1911 Charm found the wreck of the Comet. Charm was used by the Santa Cruz Island Company while its schooner Santa Cruz was stranded on a reef at Rincon for several months in 1913. On January 17, 1914 during a southwester, the Charm sank at the Santa Barbara wharf after striking pilings of the wharf while at anchor.



In the News~

May 26, 1907 [SBMP]:Charm will go in water today. Launching of fine new yacht for Henry Short delayed yesterday by falling tide. Owing to some delays in getting his new power launch, the Charm, down to the beach, Captain Henry Short was obliged to postpone the boat’s baptism until today. The intention is to follow the tide out as far as possible, anchor her, and then let the incoming waters lift the launch. Yesterday the tide had turned on the men before the blocks and rolling gear were properly in place. A favorable time should occur about 1:30 this afternoon. The Charm is a fine 46-foot launch with a beam of eleven feet. She is fitted up in elegant style for passengers. The engines are those salvaged from the wrecked Point Firmin, the power launch belonging to the same owner, which was wrecked last January. Captain Short has had a series of maritime misfortunes against which it is to be hoped his present venture will prove a charm.”


May 31, 1907 [SBMP]: “The power launch Charm was put to her first hard test yesterday. All night long the men worked over the boat to get her into shape for the trip to the islands. She more than fulfilled Captain Henry Short's highest expectations. The boat made splendid time and proved to be a model in every way. There were 32 people on board and plenty of room for ten more. Twenty-seven of the young people of the Baptist church took the trip. The weather was delightful. They took lunch at Valdez and then cruised about the island. Everyone voted the trip a success and they are planning to go again soon.”


May 31, 1907 [SBI]: “At the trial trip yesterday of the power launch Charm, the trim little vessel worked like her own name. Captain Short was well satisfied with the test, as the boat made splendid time and came up to his highest expectations. Thirty-two persons were on board during the trial trip, twenty-seven of them being from the Baptist church. Luncheon was partaken of at Valdez and after cruising about the islands, the party returned to this city. The Charm can carry about sixty passengers.”


June 20, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Short and his big yacht Charm are busy these days with fishing and island parties. Yesterday the Charm was out with a fishing party, and found yellowtail running. Today Miss Broome, Mrs. Herring and party, from San Ysidro, will go to the islands for a view of the caves and beaches. June 28 a party of about forty will be taken on a week’s cruise to Long Beach, Catalina and other southern points…”


July 11, 1907 [SBMP]: “The members of the Epworth League and other young people of the Methodist Church spent a most delightful day on the water yesterday going to the islands in the launch Charm. There were about 40 in the party. The day was a very pleasant one. The various interesting points on Santa Cruz Island were visited.”


August 11, 1907 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Aiken have engaged Captain Short’s boat, the Charm, to take a number of their friends to the islands, where they will view all the points of interest...”


August 13, 1907 [SBMP]: “Two camping parties go to the island today with Captain Henry Short, in the launch Charm. Ed Stevens and family go to Ladies Harbor for two weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Parker and their three children of Santa Monica, J. L. Barker and Miss Ella M. Peck go to Pelican Bay.”


August 16, 1907 [SBMP]: “The trip to the islands is becoming more popular every day. Captain Short took over a party yesterday in the Charm for a three-day’s exploration of the beauties of the island. Mrs. L. R. Whitcomb and Mrs. G. A. White chaperoned the party of young people who included Miss Lois Whitcomb, Miss Margaret White, Mabel Rasey, Miss N. J. Sias, Misses A. B. Brownell, Ethel Downing, Esther Downing and Eunice Hiller, Rodney M. Heggie, Joshua Snell, E. Edwards, Byron Smart, Eugene Whitcomb, Edward Snell and Mr. Holland. William Bejar will act as chef.”


August 17, 1907 [SBMP]: “The trip to the islands is becoming more popular every day. Captain Short took a party over yesterday in the Charm for a three day’s exploration of the beauties of the island...”


August 17, 1907 [SBMP]: “Lucien Higgins is getting up a party to go to the island next Sunday in the launch Charm. Captain Henry Short returned last night in the Charm, bringing over George Voorhees and a party of fourteen.”


August 24, 1907 [SBMP]: “Fishing and excursion parties are especially popular just now. Captain Short returned in the launch Charm yesterday morning, bringing over the James Baker party, who spent a short but enjoyable holiday on the island. Today Captain Short will take over the Mat More party of Carpinteria, numbering about 35 in all. They are to leave the wharf at Serena this morning at 5 o’clock. Judge Overman of this city will be one of the party.”


August 24, 1907 [SBMP]: “A merry party is planning to leave for the island this evening. They will go over in the launch Charm, leaving here at 9 o’clock. Tomorrow will be spent visiting different harbors and the Painted Cave. The Levy Brown camping party, which has been encamped at Fry’s Harbor for the last two weeks, will return. Others in the party besides Levy Brown are Captain Nidever, Fred More, and several friends...”


August 25, 1907 [SBMP]: “The Charm returned last night with the party from Carpinteria. They left Serena yesterday morning at 6 o’clock, making a quick run for the island, visiting most of the points of interest, including Painted Cave...”


August 28, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short’s vessel, the Charm, will take William Oothout and a party of Montecito out for a fishing excursion today. Mr. Wade and party will spend Sunday at the islands, going over in the Charm. Ed Stevens and party will return from their camp Thursday. Early in the coming week Captain Short will take his boat to San Pedro to install a new and larger engine.”


September 14, 1907 [SBMP]: “Word was received yesterday from Captain H. S. Short, at Long Beach, stating that the new Lamb engine has been installed in the launch Charm, and that the vessel would reach home this afternoon. The new power will greatly increase the speed of this popular island boat.”


September 29, 1907 [SBMP]: “A merry party left this morning on the Charm for an excursion to the island. They will visit Valdez Harbor and other interesting points...”


October 27, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short went in the Charm yesterday to Santa Rosa Island to bring Frank Pepper, the superintendent, to the mainland.”


October 29, 1907 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain H. S. Short at the helm, arrived from Santa Rosa Island Sunday. Frank Pepper, the superintendent of the island, was also on board. He is staying in town for a few days.”


December 4, 1907 [SBI]: “Captain Short’s launch, the Charm, will soon be back in Santa Barbara harbor, after being thoroughly put to rights down in San Pedro. The Charm is one of the most popular launches in the channel and is always in requisition during the season by parties who wish to run over to the islands.”


December 4, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Short’s launch Charm is in San Pedro where she will be overhauled.”


July 22, 1908 [LAT]: “Lives in danger. Sixty-three aboard wrecked ship. Steamer Anubis on rocks off San Miguel Island in channel… Nineteen passengers are on freighter. Sailors report the disaster after eventful fight to reach land… Late this evening the launch Charm, with Captain Pillsbury, head of the Marine Underwriters of San Francisco, and The Times correspondent on board, left for the wreck via Gaviota…”


July 23, 1908 [SBI]: “Four hundred thousand probably loss by wreck. No effort yet made to get steamer Anubis off rock. Most of the cargo of the German steamer Anubis, which since Monday morning has lain on the rocks off the west coast of San Miguel Island, will be a total loss, and it is very unlikely that the ship itself can be floated… Captain Short of the launch Charm returned to Gaviota yesterday and went off to the wreck again in the afternoon…”


July 24, 1908 [SBI]: “Wrecked ship breaking up. Captain A. F. Pillsbury, surveyor for the marine underwriters, left for the wreck of the German freighter Anubis this morning on the revenue cutter Manning… Captain Short returned to Santa Barbara last night in the Charm, after spending two days at the wreck…”


July 24, 1908 [LAT/SB]: “Lighters are on the way to relieve the Anubis of as much of her cargo as can be saved. It is a question whether the lighters can reach the ship before she breaks in two, when both ends will sink in deep water. Captain Von Salzen was still on board this afternoon when the launch Charm left her, arriving in this city tonight… Captain Von Salzen will allow none but himself to sleep aboard. His faithfulness to duty is likely to cost him his life.”


July 27, 1908 [SBI]: “A party of young people, chaperoned my Mrs. W. P. Butcher, left at 8 o’clock this morning in the launch Charm for Santa Cruz Island, where they will camp for two weeks at Dick’s harbor. In the party were Mrs. Butcher, Misses Bess Richardson, Jessica Johnson, Mary Overman, Agnes Leach, and Ralph Stevens, Horace Johnson, Earl Dickover, and Eugene Whitcomb.”


August 10, 1908 [SBI]: “After two weeks at Dick’s Harbor, a party of campers arrived Saturday evening in the launch Charm. Everyone was sorry to return to the mainland, for the outing was one of the most enjoyable ever taken. Those who made up the party were Mrs. W. P. Butcher, chaperon; Miss Mary Overman, Miss Doris Overman, Miss Jessica Johnson, Miss Agnes Leach, Miss Bess Richardson, R. T. Stevens, Horace Johnson, Earl Dickover, Eugene Whitcomb.”


August 22, 1908 [SBI]: “A party of Summerland people will go out in the launch Charm, Captain Henry Short in command, tomorrow. The day will be spent cruising about the islands and fishing.”


August 22, 1908 [SBMP]: “A party including Carter Harrison of Chicago and eleven others due back from the islands Thursday night arrived safely yesterday after Captain Vasquez had started out after them, meeting the launch in mid-channel. It appears a high sea made it necessary for Captain Short to land his party on the island for the night. When the Charm reached Miramar yesterday, the passengers received quite a welcome.”


August 31, 1908 [SBI]: “For several hours this morning the beach in front of the bath house was rendered unfit for bathing and swimmers were forced to go out to the end of the pier to reach clean water, by the spilling of about a quart of oil from Captain Henry Short’s launch, the Charm. Captain Short pumped out the hold of his launch at about 10:30 o’clock. Several gallons of bilge water mixed with about a quart of crude oil were dumped into the channel near the end of the pier. Among those who were bathing and were obliged to go out to the pier end were Mr. and Mrs. John Beale. W. B. Aitken is another who testifies as to the disastrous effect of oil on the beach and surf. The oil continued to float in the surf for several hours. Captain Short’s boat and about a dozen like it could be stowed away in one of the many oil tanks carried by an oil steamer such at the Union Oil company would use were it permitted to unload oil across Santa Barbara’s beach.”


September 3, 1908 [SBWP]: “Captain Short, in the launch Charm, goes today to Santa Cruz Island with a party of campers from Summerland and will bring home on his return trip this evening, the party of young people from this city he took over yesterday.”


October 29, 1908 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short returned yesterday afternoon on the launch Charm from the islands, bringing over a cargo of crawfish.”


December 2, 1908 [SBI]: “Severest storm of season sends fishermen to cover… Captain Short was caught with the launch Charm anchored off the wharf. He stuck by his boat, which came near being swamped several times, and weathered the gale.”


May 21, 1909 [SBMP]: “Nat Moore, West Thompson, Jennie Larco and several others left yesterday morning for Santa Cruz Island where they expect to spend a week fishing and camping. The party intended to leave Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock in Captain Short’s boat, the Charm, but owing to accident to the engine they were delayed.”


May 23, 1909 [SBMP]: “A merry boating party left for Santa Cruz Island this morning at 5 o’clock in Captain Short’s launch, the Charm. They will visit the Painted Cave, Lady’s Harbor, Valdez Harbor and other points of interest, returning late this afternoon…”


June 3, 1909 [SBMP]: “Captain Short took a party of eight to Santa Cruz Island this morning in the Charm. They will visit Painted Cave and many of the beauty spots of the island. They will return tonight.”


June 10, 1909 [SBMP]: “E. P. Stevens and his brother, C. B. Stevens and their families with Robert Doulton will set sail in the Charm this morning for Lady’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for two weeks of camping. Ed Stevens usually seeks the island delights three or four times during the summer, as he has done for years past and for a long time he has made Lady’s Harbor his camping place. He declares it to be the most beautiful spot on Santa Cruz ‘or any other old island any other old where.’”


June 25, 1909 [SBMP]: “Captain Short returned from San Miguel Island yesterday in the Charm, and expressed great surprise when he learned that he had been reported wrecked at Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island. Captain Short emphatically stated that he had not been near Pelican Bay on this trip and could not see how the crew of the Baltic could have circulated such a report. Captain Waters and Martin Whittingham, who accompanied him on the trip, will remain until July 15 on San Miguel Island. After making another trip to Santa Cruz Island, Captain Short will take the Charm to San Pedro where it will be completely overhauled and refitted. During the stay at San Miguel Island, Captain Short took a large number of pictures of the sea lion herds on the rocks. One picture showed more than 25 pups, not one of which was over two weeks old.”


July 31, 1909 [SBI]: “The degree team of Camp Chaparral, Woodmen of the World, has chartered the launch Charm for tomorrow and will make the trip to Santa Cruz Island. The start will be made at 6 o’clock in the morning, and it is expected that about 45 will make the trip. The return will be made early in the evening.”


August 1, 1909 [SBMP]: “An excursion of Woodsmen of the World, including a degree team of Camp Chaparral numbering 45 in all, will go to the island today in the launch Charm. They leave about 6 o’clock and go for an all day trip, returning in the early evening.”


August 12, 1909 [SBI]: “Several square feet of the deck and cabin of Captain Henry Short’s launch Charm were blown off this morning when the gasoline tank exploded with terrible force. Captain Short, who was on board, escaped injury, and the damage to the boat will be repaired so that it can be used in a day or two. Captain Short went on board this morning to make some repairs to the machinery. He had completed his work and started the engine when the tank exploded. The supposition is that it had been pumped too full of oil.”


August 16, 1909 [SBI]: “Reverend C. A. Hyatt, Presbyterian clergyman of Carpinteria, will take a party of 12 on a cruise to the islands this evening. They will go on the Charm, Captain Short, commander.”


September 3, 1909 [SBI]: “Local boat owners caught napping by the revenue cutter McCullough during its visit here in July, are now feeling the sting that follows disobedience of federal regulations. Captain Henry S. Short of the launch Charm today paid a $200 fine to Clio L. Lloyd, agent of the treasury department, and three other local boat owners have been ordered to pay fines from $200 to $700. Captain Short’s failure to connect up his new gasoline signaling whistle is the only charge reported by the McCoullough. He had purchased the whistle in accordance the new regulations that went into effect last spring, but when the revenue cutter was here it had not been put in working order. Other owners of powerboats have been fined for similar offenses. They have not paid their fines yet, and their names are being withheld. It is understood the offenses are failure to provide mechanical whistles, failure to paint the name of the boat in plain letters on the hull, and similar delinquencies that seem trifling to the landsman. Nine of the local fleet have been fined for failure to provide life preservers. Captain Short is indignant, and declares the revenue officers have acted unjustly in that insufficient notice was given to allow him to equip his boat properly before the visit of the McCullough. He had bought a whistle and installed it, and the only offense with which he was charged is that it was not connected. Because Captain Short’s intention to obey the law was clear, an effort will be made to have the fine remitted, and the fines of other local boat owners may also be remitted. But they must first be paid. The amount of the fine is to be assessed for each offense is fixed by the new regulations. Those who have been fined more than $200 are charged with violating the regulations in more than one particular. Mr. Lloyd is only obeying orders in notifying boat owners and collecting fines. The complaints were all lodged by the revenue cutter.”


October 26, 1909 [SBMP]: “Captain Short left for San Miguel Island last night in his launch Charm, carrying a cargo of supplies for Captain Waters, owner of the island. In the cargo were a number of wicker chairs of all descriptions. On the return trip the last of this week, the Charm will touch at both Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands.”


November 19, 1909 [SBI]: “Crawfish catches are improving, according to reports from the islands. Four fishing vessels, the Baltic, the Gussie M, the Charm and the Ina C came over last night, bringing about three tons of the fish. The fishermen report that the fishing is better than at any time this season. The fish have finished shelling and for that reason are easier to catch. Fishing in general is only fair. A few rock cod were brought over, but they are scarce, only enough being caught to supply local demand. As lobsters are scarce all along the coast, the fact that the fishing in Santa Barbara waters is improving is welcome news to local fishermen.”


December 16, 1909 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short expects to sail on Saturday or the first of next week for San Miguel Island with mail and provisions for the people who are working on the ranch there. Captain W. G. Waters and his brother will arrive from Los Angeles possibly tomorrow, and will be taken to San Miguel, which is the property of Captain Waters. From San Miguel, Captain Short will proceed to Santa Rosa. Here the mail and provisions for this island will be left. Frank Pepper, manager of the island ranch, is to return in the Charm to spend Christmas holidays in Santa Barbara. This is the regular monthly trip, which Captain Short makes to these two islands. Shortly after New Years, Captain Short intends to go south to San Pedro, where his boat the Charm will undergo a thorough overhauling. A new engine will be installed, which will be one of the finest and latest models that can be obtained. The new engine is what is known as a Reeves Graef marine and is built by the Trenton Engine Company in the east. Furthermore, the long cabin will be removed and a shorter one built. Rattan seats will be substituted in place of the present wooden ones. It is possible that another mast may be added. The many improvements will require a month and a half of hard work to install. Captain Short does not expect to be back earlier than March or even later owing to the storms at sea which will be raging at this date.”


December 30, 1909 [SBWP]: “Captain W. G. Waters will leave this morning in Captain Short’s launch, the Charm, for San Miguel Island. The Charm is loaded with provisions and a number of articles with which Captain Waters is furnishing his large ranch house, recently finished. There are about 5,000 sheep on the island at this time, and Captain Waters stated yesterday that the wool this year would be exceptionally fine as the recent heavy rains have washed it clean. Shearing will commence in about a month or six weeks.”


May 13, 1910 [SBMP]: “Reduce time across channel. Captain Short expects to make trip in less than three hours. With one of the latest and most improved engines, with a safety tank and many other devices and conveniences installed, the launch Charm is ready for the summer trade. The boat has been in San Pedro for the past four months and has undergone a thorough overhauling and is fitted with new rigging, new sails and handsome rattan backs on the seats. Captain Henry Short is justly proud of his boat and expects to make good time crossing the channel, probably in less than three hours. Not only will he take parties to the islands from Santa Barbara but parties are being made up in other places and this summer promises to be a busy one. Captain Short reports an immense amount of business in the southern port. When he left there were two steamers unloading over 2,000,000 feet of lumber, and there were fifteen four-masted schooners also discharging lumber cargo. The dredgers were working steadily, deepening the bay, and a dredger, which cost over $100,000, was recently launched with elaborate ceremonies. As a result of the aeroplane tournament, many are building flying machines in the south and expect to make flights this summer.”


May 14, 1910 [SBI]: “A non-explosive gasoline tank and beet harvester have been invented by two local men… Captain Short, who has just returned from San Pedro, after a three months’ overhauling of his launch Charm, has installed one of these non-explosive tanks on his craft.”


May 17, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain William G. Waters will leave today in the launch Charm with Captain Henry Short for San Miguel Island. Captain Waters goes as a business trip and will be gone several days.”


May 23, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short’s launch, the Charm, will take a party of high school teachers and others for a moonlight ride on the channel this evening, with Justice E. C. Overman as host.”


May 27, 1910 [SBI]: “Thomas del Valle died last night at his home on East Ortega Street, after a brief illness. He was 90 years old, and up to the time of his death he was ready to talk of the visit of the late Helen Hunt Jackson to his father’s rancho Camulos, where she spent weeks writing whole chapters of Ramona and laying the plot of the book… Joseph del Valle, a son, was at Prisoners’ Harbor on Santa Cruz Island when his father died. Captain Henry Short of the launch Charm left at 10 o’clock this morning to notify him of the death of his father and to bring him back to the mainland. He expects to make the round trip in about five hours. Mr. del Valle is an employee of the Santa Cruz Island Company.”


June 5, 1910 [SBMP]: “Ogenio Larco will guide a party of Montecito people today in a trip across the channel and to the beauty spots of Santa Cruz Island in Captain Short’s Charm. The launch will leave the wharf early and lunch will be eaten probably at Valdez. The Painted Cave will be one of the points visited. Tomorrow the Charm will carry a load of thirty Carpinteria people on a similar junket to the same island.”


June 13, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Short today took a party of carpenters in his launch, the Charm, for a ten days cruise about the islands…”


July 1, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain W. G. Waters, after spending a few days at his island home, San Miguel, returned yesterday on Captain Henry Short’s launch, the Charm. Captain Waters left here June 21 for San Miguel. An unusually high sea was experienced at that time and Captain Short deemed it unsafe to try to effect a landing at San Miguel when within a few miles of the island. Tuesday night was spent with campers on Santa Cruz Island, 36 miles east and on the following Thursday morning, the seas having becalmed, the voyage was continued to San Miguel.”


July 8, 1910 [SBMP]: “The Charm. H. S. Short, owner. Safe sea-going launch for charter—fishing parties, moonlight parties, and trips to the islands. For particulars see Dwight Faulding, Agent, at Ruiz’ Drug Store. Both phones 102.”


July 9, 1910 [SBI]: “Henry Short will take a crowd of sight-seers to the islands tomorrow in the Charm. The party will visit all points of interest about the islands, returning late in the evening. In the party will be Judge Overman, H. G. Merrill, Miss Merrill, Miss Frost, Miss Beverly and Miss Rostine.”


July 12, 1910 [SBMP]: “That the body of Miss Isabel Pierce may be recovered from the cruel embrace of the sea is the fervent wish of the many hundreds of friends of the popular high school girl whose life was sacrificed when she attempted to swim ashore from an overturned boat off Cueva Valdez Friday; but in the opinion of boatmen familiar with the currents of the channel, and the location of the scene of the terrible disaster, it will be mere chance if the remains are ever found. About Arch Rock the currents and the tides sweep with relentless speed... The last members of the ill-fated Whitcomb party to leave the island came away Sunday in Captain Short’s Charm… The news of the tragedy, as published in the Press Sunday morning, was the first information many of the relatives of the campers for many of the relatives of the campers and of the disaster, all of them not having been notified when the Gussie M came in the night previous with the story of the mishap…”


July 13, 1910 [SBMP]: “The Gussie M, Captain Vasquez, is expected in today from Santa Cruz Island with latest news from the ill-fated camp at Cueva Valdez, where patrols are watching for the appearance of the body of Isabel Pierce, who was drowned there Friday last. The Charm, Captain Short, will visit the island Thursday.”


July 13, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Vasquez, in the launch Gussie M, returned at noon from a seal hunting expedition to the Channel Islands. He brought with him Francis Flint and Heath Conant, who were left at Friar’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island Sunday to patrol the beach in search of the body of Miss Isabel Pierce, one of the victims of last Friday’s disaster on the island. The boys said they had thoroughly explored the shore and bay where the accident occurred. All that could be found were hats belonging to the members of the party who were capsized. Captain Short will leave tomorrow in the launch Charm and remain the rest of the week. He will cruise all about the island, making a very thorough search for the remains.”


July 18, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Vasquez returned form Santa Cruz Island this morning. No traces had been found of the body of Miss Isabel Pierce, who was drowned about ten days ago in Cueva Valdez. Captain Short with the launch Charm, A. M. Pierce, the father of the girl, Ed Stevens, Eugene Whitcomb, Heath Conant and a force of men have thoroughly patrolled every foot of the shore. They have used about 50 pounds of dynamite, but all in vain. The Charm will leave the island this evening, bringing the searching party home. “


July 19, 1910 [SBI]: “A. M. Pierce returned last evening in the launch Charm from Santa Cruz Island after an unsuccessful search for the body of his daughter, Isabel Pierce, who was drowned ten days ago in Cueva Valdez. Every effort has been made since the accident to find the body, but the search has proved fruitless and Mr. Pierce has almost given up hope. The depth of water and the constant current, coupled with the heavy kelp at that place, were all against the searching party. Dynamite was used extensively at and near the scene of the accident and around the rock, where the girl was last seen, but all were in vain. Assisting Mr. Pierce in the search were Captain Henry Short, Ed Stevens, John Warnell, Eugene Whitcomb, Frederick Conant and Raymond Short. A sharp lookout will be maintained for the next week. A large party of Los Angeles people are camping about two miles from the place, and the Japanese fishermen are out that way at least every other day. Captain Short will make another trip to the islands the last of this week.”


July 23, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain Short took a party on the Charm yesterday to Santa Cruz Island for a week’s camping trip. Those in the party were Mr. and Mrs. John U. Hussey of Pinecroft Cottage, Miramar, Mrs. Hussey’s daughter, Mrs. Gelnoy, Mr. Hussey’s brother, Mr. Frank D. Frazier, Reginald Fernald and Elliott Rogers.”


July 24, 1910 [SBMP]: “Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. yesterday opened the rod and reel fishing season in the Santa Barbara channel by capturing the first albacore. It was a good-sized-fish, weighing probably fifteen or twenty pounds, and giving amateur fishermen a half hour’s very strenuous work with the 12 ounce tackle. Yet he was very greatly ‘dee-lighted.’ Mr. Roosevelt was accompanied by his bride and by Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Edward White, who have been their companions on a number of pleasant outing trips since their coming to Santa Barbara a month ago. The trip was made in the power yacht Charm, Captain H. S. Short, and the boat went twenty miles into the channel, nearly to Anacapa Island before the schools of albacore were found. And then such numbers of them! It seems that the channel fish have been waiting for Teddy, Jr. to coax them from their hiding places in the deep, for the fishing until yesterday has been notoriously poor this summer. The Roosevelt-White party brought in several albacore. The Charm left its distinguished passengers at Stearn’s Wharf late in the afternoon, all of them expressing pleasure with the cruise, and none of them having been the least bit seasick.”


July 26, 1910 [SBI]: “There have been many camping parties and cruises at Santa Cruz Island the last couple of weeks… F. A. Garbutt showed up with the Skidblandnir, which was conceded to be one of the classiest boats seen this summer in these waters. He brought about seventeen… Others were Captain Short with the Charm, Ira Eaton with the Surprise, and Dwight Faulding with the Mystery…”


August 5, 1910 [SBMP]: “The power yacht Charm returned last night from a ten days’ pleasure cruise around the Santa Barbara islands, having on board a party of Carpinterians who report a most delightful voyage. They visited and encircled four islands of the group: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa. At San Miguel they were entertained at the ranch house of Captain W. G. Waters, and saw all of the many natural attractions that make this most western isle of the Santa Barbara aggregation interesting. They also saw the points of interest on Santa Rosa Island, and were hospitably received at the home of the manager of the big cattle ranch, Frank Pepper. They lingered for a day or two at different camping places on Santa Cruz, and the last place visited was Anacapa Island where Mr. Webster of Ventura, the lessee of the island, has a pretty camp. The trip was one of both pleasure and educational profit, and will be long remembered by those who formed the party. The voyagers were Joseph and Edward Moore, Anna Moore, Henry Fish, Julia Fish, Thomas Fish, Miss Hammond, Miss Oglesby, Miss Gorham, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Alexander, Raymond and Margaret Short and Captain H. S. Short, the owner of the Charm.”


August 9, 1910 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cameron Rogers and family leave tomorrow for the days’ camping trip to Fry’s Harbor. Others in the party will be Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Lamb of Santa Ynez. Later they will be joined by Mrs. Reginald Frost and Elliott Rogers. They will cross the channel in the Charm with Captain Short.”


August 24, 1910 [SBI]: “After coming over from the island and spending the day in Santa Barbara, Robert Cameron Rogers of this city and Cyril Lamb of Santa Ynez will return this morning to the Rogers' camp on Santa Cruz Island, where the party will stay until Monday, when they will return with Captain Short in the Charm. Frank M. Whitney, who has been visiting at the camp, returned home yesterday.”


August 24, 1910 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Henry Short, will leave Thursday for San Miguel Island with Mrs. Ward, wife of the foreman of the island ranch, who has been spending a few weeks here, the guest of Mrs. Ercanbreck and family. She also visited friends in San Jose.”


September 1, 1910 [SBMP]: “The San Pedro fishermen are again invading the Santa Barbara channel, and before many days the entire fleet of 20 or 30 boats may be expected here. Captain Short of the Charm and other channel mariners report that the fishing around the islands is improving rapidly, there being large schools of sardines, bonita and albacore.”


September 8, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain H. S. Short of the launch Charm was surprised yesterday morning when a chunk of a boy, probably 12 years old, came down the dock and calmly announced the fact that he was the party for which the boat had been chartered for a three days’ trip in the channel. The lass was Bobby McVickers, son of H. G. McVickers of New York, who, with his wife and two children have been at the Potter for the past week. Bobby is young in looks and small in stature, but in experience and good sense he is well advanced in years. Trips from New York to Chicago alone have been easy for him for the past two years. In a short time he will leave New York unaccompanied. The arrangements for the Charm were made by Mr. McVickers’ valet. But Bobby saw to all the details… Bobby is going after tuna. His valet is with him… In giving his instructions to Captain Short he said ‘Go anywhere the tuna are. I don’t care if I don’t see land the whole time we are gone.’ ”


September 8, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Short took a large party from the Potter Hotel to the islands Wednesday in the Charm. They will cruise and fish along the channel and will return some time Saturday. Short reports that the fishing is improving rapidly, as also do the San Pedro fishermen who are working in the channel.”


September 11, 1910 [SBMP]: “The linemen of Santa Barbara Gas and Electric Company will go out on the channel today with Captain Henry Short in the Charm for a half-day’s deep sea fishing. They hope to land several tuna before they return. On Monday Captain Short will take a pleasure party on a cruise to the islands. Among them will be Charles F. Eaton and a party of guests from Miramar. The party will visit Painted Cave and other points of interest.”


September 12, 1910 [SBI]: “Charles F. Eaton and a party from Miramar went over to the islands this morning with Captain Short on the Charm, and from all indications of weather and equipment they are having an excellent time. They will visit some places of interest on Santa Cruz, do some fishing and probably return tonight.”


September 15, 1910 [SBI]: “For the safety of visiting vessels, Captain Henry Short, owner and skipper of the powerboat Charm, has provided a 1500 pound anchor with mooring just east of the commercial wharf.”


September 22, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short left here this morning in the launch Charm with a party of workmen who are to help in the repair work going on at Santa Rosa Island, the most northern of the Channel group. The Charm will return in time to transport a party of workmen at the Arlington to Santa Cruz Island for a picnic, returning Sunday night.”


September 25, 1910 [SBMP]: “The naval reserves left on the Charm, Captain Short, last night at 7:30 o’clock for Santa Cruz Island. They will hold a barbecue there this forenoon and this afternoon cruise down to the east end of the island on a fishing trip. They will return tonight.”


October 2, 1910 [SBMP]: “Two parties of local people will make the voyage to the islands today, one with Captain Short in the Charm, and the other with Captain Vasquez in the Gussie M.”


October 4, 1910 [SBMP]: “Twenty local people made the trip to Santa Cruz Island in the Charm, Captain Short. They were Misses Dindale, Leslie, Rothstein, Williams, Harris and Smith, and Messrs. Leslie, Andis, Hoffmasterk, Smith, Morgan, Maydole, Down and Justice E. C. Overman.”


October 11, 1910 [SBI]: “A fishing party went over to the island with Captain Short, Sunday, in the Charm. The party consisted of John Smith, of the Ott Hardware Company, his brother, A. V. Smith and wife, Fred Lowe and the Misses Louise and Maud Heyle. On the way home a few albacore were caught.”


October 25, 1910 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Henry Short, arrived Sunday from San Miguel Island and leaves today for San Pedro to be overhauled preparatory to the rush of business next month during the visit of the fleet.”


November 15, 1910 [SBMP]: “A party of electricians at work on the Arlington Hotel chartered the Charm, Captain Henry S. Short, for Sunday, and had a delightful cruise about the islands. A number of fish were caught on the outward trip.”


November 15, 1910 [SBMP]: “If the weather is favorable, Captain W. G. Waters will leave Wednesday in the Charm for his island ranch, San Miguel.”


December 13, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain W. G. Waters leaves today by the Charm, Captain Henry S. Short, for his island ranch, San Miguel, to be gone several days.”


December 23, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain Short yesterday took his Charm to Ventura to carry a party headed by H. B. Webster from that city to Anacapa Island. He expects to return Friday.”


January 20, 1911 [SBMP]: “According to reports brought yesterday from the Channel Islands, they failed to receive any benefits from the recent rains that saved the season for the mainland farmers and cattlemen. The rainfall on Santa Rosa Island was less than half an inch; while about a quarter of an inch was reported on Santa Cruz, with scarcely none on the west end. These reports were brought over by Captains Nidever and Libby of island boats. While there has been nothing heard from San Miguel Island, which is the most westerly of the group, it is supposed that the same condition prevails there. Captain Short with the Charm left early this morning for San Miguel to get Captain W. G. Waters, the owner, and his brother, who has been there for a few weeks…”


February 10, 1911 [LAT]: “Captain Henry Short, in the launch Charm, left today for San Miguel Island with supplies for the sheep shearers’ camp. The sheep shearers will go over next week with Captain Waters.”


February 20, 1911 [LAT]: “Captain Henry Short is to convey a large party of sheep shearers to San Miguel Island Tuesday in the launch Charm.”


February 22, 1911 [SBMP]: “To San Miguel. The powerboat Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will leave today for San Miguel Island with Captain W. G. Waters, owner of the island, and ten sheep shearers who will be busy for some weeks with the spring clip.”


March 8, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short will leave here in the launch, Charm, Thursday morning for San Miguel Island to bring back Captain William G. Waters and his gang of sheep shearers.”


March 15, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry S. Short reports that during the railroad tie up he was kept constantly busy carrying parties from the Potter and the Arlington hotels from this city to Redondo in his launch Charm. Mr. Short also states that 200 feet of the pier at Hueneme was torn out by the recent storm.”


March 28, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short, in his launch Charm, left for San Miguel Island today, towing two barges for lightering sheep.”


March 30, 1911 [SBMP]: “Captain Waters, accompanied by his brother John A. Waters, made the trip over [to San Miguel Island] on the launch, Charm, with Captain Henry Short.”


March 30, 1911 [SBI]: “A severe earthquake was felt on San Miguel Island about 8:25 o’clock Tuesday evening reports Captain William G. Waters, who returned from there Wednesday night in Captain Henry Short’s Charm. Captain Waters says the ranch house on the island rocked violently.”


March 31, 1911 [SBMP]: “The new grey pelican, which alighted on Captain Short’s powerboat Charm Thursday night in mid-channel, and which was presented to the Larcos to take the place of the missing Jim, made himself very much at home yesterday, although he resented the presence of the old bird, and promptly picked a fight. The newcomer was victorious, and the outcome might have been serious but for prompt interference. Sebastian Larco said yesterday he had never heard of a pelican alighting on a moving boat. Of the old pair, Jack was caught by a crew of trainmen at Saugus; and Jim owed his long sojourn ashore to a fishhook imbedded in an appetizing smelt being brought to deck on the end of a trolling line. The latest arrival refuses to eat, but the Larcos anticipate no trouble in bringing him to feed.”


April 6, 1911 [SBI]: “A party of about 20, composed mostly of boarders at the Gregson House, spent Wednesday on Santa Cruz Island. The party left here about 7 o’clock in the morning in Captain Short’s launch, the Charm, returning about 6:30 o’clock in the evening. William Snyder of the Gregson was the head of the party. All report a happy outing.”


April 16, 1911 [SBMP]: “Twelve or fifteen boys from Thacher’s school in the Ojai valley have chartered the powerboat Charm for a cruise to the islands, leaving here Tuesday, and remaining a week.”


April 23, 1911 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Short, returned Sunday morning with a merry party of Thacher School boys who spent a week on Santa Cruz Island, with the permission of the Caire company to roam at will. They camped at Prisoners’ Harbor, and made over land excursions that reached every important point on the island. Sunday afternoon, Captain Short crossed to the island with D. C. Howe, a Pasadena scientist, who is commissioned by the University of California to secure certain data.”


April 25, 1911 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Short, returned Sunday morning with a merry party of Thacher school boys who spent a week on Santa Cruz Island, with the permission of the Caire company to roam at will. They camped at Prisoners’ Harbor, and made overland excursions that reached every important point on the island. Sunday afternoon, Captain Short crossed the island with D. C. Howe, a Pasadena scientist, who is commissioned by the University of California to secure certain data.”


April 25, 1911 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Charm leaves this morning for San Miguel Island with two lighters in tow. These lighters will be used in taking sheep and wool from the beach at Cuyler’s Harbor to freight boats anchored in deeper water.”


May 6, 1911 [SBI]: “One of the weekend festivities planned by a party of young people is a trip to Santa Cruz Island. Each will provide his own bedding and lunch. The party will leave at 7:30 in the launch Charm, and after a moonlight trip across the channel, will camp for the night at Pelican Bay. Tomorrow they will visit the Painted Cave, cruising up the coast, will take pictures of the island, the cave, and seal rocks, returning tomorrow night. The party will be chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Hamilton.”


May 16, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short had a unique and interesting experience Sunday afternoon on the way from Hueneme with a party to Santa Cruz Island, when his powerboat Charm ran through miles and miles of dense schools of little fish over which sea birds swarmed by the thousands, feasting. ‘This is a sign,’ said Captain Short, ‘that the fish will be extraordinarily good this summer and fall’… Captain Short’s skiff was washed ashore in the breakers off Hueneme Sunday and the people there saved it and returned it to the skipper.”


May 23, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short left in the launch Charm for San Miguel Island carrying as a passenger Captain William G. Waters.”


June 4, 1911 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Charm, Captain Short, returned yesterday from a trip to San Miguel Island, and left last night at 9 o’clock with a party of young men for Santa Cruz Island where Sunday will be spent, the return trip being made tonight. The party was gotten up by George Mott and L. R. Leslie.”


June 27, 1911 [SBMP]: “A jolly crowd of young people went on a cruise to the islands in the Charm, leaving here Saturday night and returning Sunday evening. Ralph Morris and Chester Moore were in charge of the party, which included: Ralph Morris, Chester Morris, Lisle Smith, Barney Hoffmeister, Willard Wilson, George Mott, Miss Lillian Molin, Miss Violet Molin, Miss Bess Goddard, Miss Mary Spanney, Miss Anna Spanney, Miss Smith, Mr. Campbell, Henry Simoan and Ralph Stevens and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith.”


June 27, 1911 [SBMP]: “The Charm made a somewhat mysterious cruise last week to Santa Barbara Island, one of the most distant of the channel group. Local prospectors were said to be on board, but whether they were in search of buried treasure or a coral reef is not admitted.”


July 14, 1911 [SBMP]: “Robert Cameron Rogers, Frank M. Whitney and others form the advance guard of a large party leaving today for Dix Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, where they will establish a camp. The trip will be made on the Charm.”


July 15, 1911 [SBMP]: “The launch returned last evening from Dick’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, where Frank M. Whitney, Robert Cameron Rogers and Stewart Wolcott were landed as the advance guard of a large camping party that will take possession of the pretty little harbor next week.”


August 3, 1911 [SBMP]: “A party of about 28 left last night about 8 o’clock for Santa Cruz Island on board the Charm. Fred Hamilton arranged the party. After spending the day at the island, the party will return to Santa Barbara Sunday evening.”


August 24, 1911 [SBMP]: “A genuine blue fin tuna, such as a member of the Catalina Tuna Club would be delighted to hook, was caught in the channel ten miles out from Santa Barbara yesterday by M. R. Burgin of 18 Carrillo Street, fishing from the deck of Captain Henry Short's powerboat, Charm.”


September 1911: Captain H. S. Short, master of the power launch, Charm, found the wreck of the Comet on San Miguel Island in 1911. [Eaton, Margaret. Diary of a Sea Captain's Wife, 1980 (88, 95, 120, 124, 126, 197)].


September 14, 1911 [SBMP]: “Wreck of Comet was on Wilson Reef, not on Richardson’s Rock as first believed… That the lumber schooner Comet did not strike Richardson Rock before going ashore on the north beach of San Miguel Island August 30th is the statement made by Captain Henry H. Short, master of the powerboat Charm, just returning from the scene of the disaster… The Comet is hopeless in its position. It lies in shoal water, with a line of breakers 200 or 300 yards behind it. The three masts are still standing, but the rigging is badly demolished and the sails torn. The whole bottom of the vessel must be gone judging from the manner in which she is pounding on the rocks. Lumber is scattered along the shore for a mile or more, but the cargo in the hold is still practically intact…”


September 15, 1911 [LAT]: “New theory about Comet. That the lumber schooner Comet did not strike Richardson Rock before going ashore on the north beach of San Miguel Island August 30, is the statement made by Captain Henry Short, master of the powerboat Charm, just returned from the scene of the disaster. It was the belief of Captain Borgenson, of the Comet, that in the heavy fog during the night, when his vessel was wrecked, he first ran upon the Richardson Rock, which lies three or four miles northeast from San Miguel Island. This is pronounced a mistake by Short, who says that the Comet must have struck Wilson’s Rock, a reef that is closer to the island. From his study of the situation, he says Captain Borgenson can not be blamed for the wreck…”


October 3, 1911 [SBMP]: “The cargo and rigging of the wrecked lumber schooner Comet will be brought from San Miguel Island to this city if the plans of Captain Henry Short of the Charm and Captain Waters, owner of San Miguel Island, will be carried out…”


October 3, 1911 [SBMP]: “A party of local people going to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, Saturday, expecting to return Sunday afternoon, delayed the homeward passage until Monday morning, on account of the blow outside. They reached here yesterday in the early hours on the Charm.”


October 4, 1911 [SBMP]: “What the currents of the Santa Barbara channel will do, and an explanation of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the bodies of the victims of the Santa Rosa disaster is the offering that comes from San Miguel Island, in reports brought by Captain Henry Short of the powerboat Charm. He states that considerable wreckage from the Santa Rosa has gone ashore on San Miguel, which is about 50 miles distant from Honda, where the steamer went ashore, and almost directly south. The same currents that carried this wreckage, also undoubtedly carried the bodies of the four sailors known to have drowned at Honda, and how many others will never be known. These bodies may have found a resting place hundreds of miles from the California coast.”


October 13, 1911 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short, of the Charm, returning yesterday from San Miguel Island, reports that he will be able to save much from the wreck of the Comet. He made a thorough survey of the vessel as she rests on a reef a short distance from the island, and commenced the dismantling of the ship. He has secured enough of the rigging to pay the expenses of the whole venture, and is confident that much of the lumber will be safely secured. By rigging a line from the schooner’s deck to the shore, they are able to go to and from the vessel in a boats’n chair, without encountering the danger of the heavy sea that is almost always running at this exposed point. Captain Short will return to the scene today.”


December 11, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Short left this morning on the Charm to continue his work of wrecking the lumber schooner Comet on the northwest corner of San Miguel Island. Short, who planned his work under the belief that he could sink heavy anchors where the Comet is lying, has found that this is impossible on account of the hard clay bottom there. He is undecided as to what method he will use now, but thinks he may blast the bottom for an anchor hold. During the greater part of the time Short has been at work the weather has been most unfavorable toward him. He hopes the southeast winds that prevail in the winter will smooth the water about the wreck.”


December 14, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Short arrived here last night in the Charm from San Miguel Island. He reports that as yet he has been unable to get an anchor hold in the hard clay that lies under the water where the lumber schooner Comet grounded. Captain Short expects to leave for the island again tomorrow morning. He will take with him Captain Waters, the owner of the island.”


January 3, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short left Tuesday morning in his launch Charm to continue to work on wrecking the lumber schooner, Comet.”


January 6, 1912 [SBI]: “Wrecked schooner is mine of salvage. Captain Short, master of the launch Charm, stands to make a good thing out of the wreck of the lumber schooner Comet which went aground and was lost several months ago on the coast of San Miguel Island. He and Captain Waters bought the stranded ship at a bargain and will manage to save nearly all of the cargo of lumber, as well as the ropes, rigging, sails and whatever else is of value...”


January 20, 1912 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short, arriving from San Miguel Island on his powerboat Charm, reports that Japanese fishermen camped on the island have told of recently finding the body of a white man on the extreme end of San Miguel. While not identified, it is supposed to have been that of the mate of the lumber schooner Comet, wrecked off San Miguel last fall... The Japanese dug a grave and buried the man, marking the place. Captain Short verified the story by going to see the freshly formed mound.”


February 27, 1912 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara. Captain Henry Short of the powerboat Charm is in a local hospital suffering from severe cuts and bruises received from an unusual and dangerous accident at Anacapa [San Miguel] Island a few days ago. Captain Short recently purchased the remains of the steamer Comet, which went on the rocks near the island, and was stretching a line from some of the wreckage to a high point on the island when the earth gave away and he was precipitated as distance of fifty feet into the water. In falling he unloosened a huge boulder which tumbled after him and struck him on the head. Had it not been for timely assistance it is declared that the captain never could have reached shore. He was brought to this city by a friendly boatman.”


April 14, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short left Sunday in his launch, Charm, for San Miguel Island, where he, in company with Captain Cornell, will continue the work of recovering lumber from the hull of the Comet.”


April 14, 1912 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Charm, Captain Short, will leave here today for San Miguel Island to resume transportation of lumber rafts from the wrecked schooner Comet to this port. Two rafts, each containing about 25,000 feet of lumber, have been prepared for towing across the channel, and with the first favorable weather, the task will be undertaken. One raft of like size has been already brought safely to port. The salvage lumber is handled through the Santa Barbara company.”


May 23, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short left in the launch Charm for San Miguel Island carrying as a passenger Captain William G. Waters.”


June 1, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short expects to leave for San Pedro Sunday in his launch Charm. The captain with his boat has been at San Miguel Island many months working on the wreck of the Comet with the result that the Charm is not only shabby, but covered on the bottom with a small marine garden. While in San Pedro the Charm will be thoroughly overhauled, scraped, painted and put in trim.”


June 5, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short left in his launch Charm Tuesday afternoon for San Pedro. He will put his boat in drydock when he reaches there and have her entirely overhauled. The bottom will be scraped of the growth that has formed since the launch has been working on the wreck of the Comet. The engine will be overhauled and the entire woodwork painted.”


June 14, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short returned Thursday from San Pedro to his launch, the Charm. The captain has had his boat in the San Pedro docks for ten days or more and it is now completely overhauled inside and out, scraped, painted and in trim.”


June 27, 1912 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short has returned from San Miguel Island with his launch Charm, and will discontinue for the present the work of transporting lumber from the wrecked Comet to this port, having a number of summer engagements for vacation trips to the islands.”


July 6, 1912 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm carried a party of thirty people to Santa Cruz Island on the 4th, a delightful outing being enjoyed. A number of the employees of the Trenwith dry goods store were among the excursionists.”


July 14, 1912 [SBMP]: “A party of 15 young men from Los Angeles, mostly attaches of the First National Bank of that city, will leave here on Monday on the Charm, Captain Short, to go to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for a two or three weeks’ camp. Last evening the Charm left for the islands with a party of local people who will return this evening.”


July 28, 1912 [SBMP]: “The Los Angeles bankers who have been camping on Santa Cruz Island, returned here yesterday, and departed for their southern homes. They have been at Santa Cruz two weeks. The Charm, Captain Henry Short, took them across the channel, and during their last week in camp, the Vamoose, Captain George W. Gourley, was continually at their service, taking them on cruises about the island.”


July 28, 1912 [SBMP]: “Visitors to Miramar and Santa Barbara have discovered the attraction of the channel. The powerboats Gussie M, Charm and Vamoose are having numerous engagements for cruises, either to the islands or around the bay…”


July 30, 1912 [SBMP]: “A school of anchovies so numerous and densely packed that they crowded each other out of the water was the rather unusual sight witnessed by a party of Santa Barbarans who spent Sunday fishing in the waters about Santa Cruz Island. The party was composed mostly of the young men employed by the Hunt Mercantile Company. They made the trip over to the island Saturday night in the Charm, Captain Short, and spent the night in Orizaba Harbor.”


August 6, 1912 [SBMP]: “A merry party embarked on the launch Charm for Santa Cruz Island Saturday evening, returning the following evening. The party reached Fry’s Harbor about midnight, and proceeded to roll into their blankets spread upon the sand. The excursionists reported a good time and had a splendid catch of rock cod…”


August 13, 1912 [SBMP]: “Island party safely returns as relatives become alarmed. Disabled engine causes Charm to wait at Valdez for a tow… Knowing that something was wrong, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, accompanied by Nathan Bents and C. A. Edwards and others left for the island yesterday on the Gussie M. They arrived at Cueva Valdez at 3 o’clock, a short time before a row boat arrived from Fry’s Harbor with provisions. At the time, the party did not know, but another night would have to be passed at Valdez with the Charm in tow. The Gussie M started for the mainland at 4 o’clock arriving here at 10:00 o’clock. Some of the passengers had been transferred to the Gussie M, but upon arriving here were landed by rowboat… Captain Short had provided a large supply of French bread, but when the delicacies were run out of yesterday, the stranded passengers gathered mussels and a fine chowder was prepared. That was the last meal on the island. When it appeared probably in the afternoon that another night would be passed on the island, Raymond Short, Captain Short’s son, and Clarence McDansions went to Fry’s Harbor for provisions, but returned when the Gussie M appeared…”


August 14, 1912 [SBMP]: “Worrying because they knew others were worrying about them somewhat spoiled a Robinson Crusoe-like experience of twenty-four persons who were compelled to pass an extra twenty-four hours on Santa Cruz Island as a result of a cog wheel breaking on the engine of the launch Charm… Knowing something had gone wrong, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, accompanied by Nathan Bentz and C. A. Edwards and others left for the islands yesterday noon on the Gussie M. They arrived at Cueva Valdez at 3 o’clock, a short time before a row boat arrived from Fry’s Harbor with provisions… With the Charm in tow, the Gussie M started for the mainland at 4 o’clock, arriving here at 10 o’clock… Captain Short had provided a large supply of French bread, but when delicacies were run out of yesterday, the stranded passengers gathered mussels and a fine chowder was prepared…”


August 31, 1912 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, returned yesterday from an excursion to the islands with a party of Carpinterians and Ventura people. Following a delightful camp on Santa Cruz Island, there was a cruise to San Miguel and Santa Rosa islands, and as far west as Richardson’s Rock.”


September 15, 1912 [SBMP]: “A party of about thirty people are making a trip to Santa Cruz Island and back today, the party starting at 6:30 and returning this evening. The Charm, carrying the passengers, Judge E. C. Overman is in charge of arrangements for the comfort of the voyagers who are anticipating a joyful day.”


September 29, 1912 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm left yesterday for the island with a party of Santa Barbara people who will spend Sunday there.”


October 1, 1912 [SBMP]: “The Charm left Santa Barbara Saturday morning with thirty-three passengers, teachers, normal school students, artists and others. After an enjoyable trip across the channel, the party landed at Valdez Harbor, first having viewed the wonders of Painted Cave. The remainder of the afternoon was spent exploring. Trouble with the machinery prevented the start home on schedule time, and the party camped as best they could for the night…”


October 17, 1912 [SBMP]: “With West Thompson and a party of craw fishermen, the launch Charm, Captain Short, will leave today for Santa Cruz and San Miguel islands. Short will bring back the rigging of the wrecked lumber schooner Comet, which went ashore on San Miguel Island two years ago. Thompson will establish a camp at one of the islands.”


November 27, 1912 [SBMP]: “For the first time in making a passage to San Miguel Island during twenty or more years he has sailed the channel that intervenes, Captain W. G. Waters reports that he was compelled on his last trip to put in to Santa Cruz Island for two days until the high seas subsided. He reached home yesterday aboard the launch Charm…”


December 27, 1912 [SBI]: “Wrecking the Comet cargo. Captain Short having hard time in getting lumber ashore. Anchorage is so poor that it is difficult to get holding. Captain Short returned from San Miguel Island Tuesday afternoon in his launch, the Charm. Captain Short is working on the northwest corner of the island trying to regain the lumber cargo of the schooner Comet that was wrecked there several months ago. He has already recovered much of the machinery and fittings of the vessel, but has left the two donkey engines aboard to help him with the work of unloading. Captain Short said he had met with great difficulty in getting his anchors to hold in the hard clay bottom around the boat. He intends to use these anchors as stays for the endless cable with which he will haul the lumber ashore. If this plan is successful he will float the lumber to Santa Barbara in rafts.”


February 14, 1913 [SBDN]: “Henry Short returned Thursday from a visit to Los Angeles and the beach resorts along the southern coast. Short has been owner and captain of the launch Charm for several years and took special interest in the boating business in the south.”


March 1, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, was loading supplies yesterday for San Miguel Island where sheep shearing operations will begin soon.”


March 1, 1913 [SBDN]: “Supplies for the sheep shearing on San Miguel Island were shipped to the island Friday aboard the launch Charm. Sheep shearing will begin on the islands in a short time.”


March 19, 1913 [SBMP]: “The popularity of the islands as scenes of exploration is being attested early in the present season. Sunday the Charm carried a party of men engaged on the street railroad for an outing to Santa Cruz Island, and today Captain George W. Gourley will pilot a party of Montecito people, including P. H. Murphy and a party of friends, who will spend three or four days cruising around the Santa Barbara archipelago.”


March 22, 1913 [SBMP]: “P. H. Murphy and his party returned yesterday afternoon from a four days’ cruise around Santa Cruz Island, having circled the island in the Charm visiting all of the many points of interest.”


April 27, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will leave today for Santa Cruz Island, with a party of local people who will spend Sunday in cruising about the channel.”


May 4, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will leave early this morning for Santa Cruz Island with a party of excursionists, including some of the Edison Company employees.”


May 13, 1913 [SBMP]: “Because of rough weather, the Charm did not return from Santa Cruz Island Sunday evening, and the pleasure party that left in the morning passed the night on the beach about a huge bonfire. The trip over was made in fairly good condition and a tour of the island was made, the return delayed until 5 o’clock, but by that time a wind sprang up, making the water very rough on the island side of the channel. Captain Short decided it would be safer to wait until morning. The non-arrival of the boat caused considerable apprehension among friends, and early yesterday morning police received many anxious inquiries. The Charm arrived about 10 o’clock in the morning.”


May 18, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will leave early today for Santa Cruz with a party including a number of employees of the electric light company.”


June 13, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captains Henry Short and Ira Eaton are about to establish a new camp at Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, for the summer months. Tents, meals and other necessities of camp life will be provided. Pleasure seekers will be conveyed to the island in the two launches, the Charm and the Gussie M. Captain Vasquez some time ago established a camp hotel at Fry’s Harbor, and has been taking parties over to the island regularly on the launch, Otter.”


June 15, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Gussie M and the Charm will today carry a large party of Santa Barbara people to Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, for a cruise, picnic and fishing trip. The dinner will be furnished by the proprietors of the camp. Skiffs will be available for fishing, and all this for round-trip has been offered, for this occasion, for $1.25 per passenger. This is a special charge, however, and is not expected to be repeated. The boats get away at early hours.”


June 16, 1913 [SBDN]: “The island camp at Pelican Bay recently established by Captains Short and Eaton was given a rousing opening yesterday by a party of something over fifty men, who went to the island in the Charm and Gussie M. A fine dinner was served, and the excursionists passed the day at fishing, mussel gathering, bathing and exploring the hills and canyons of this beautiful island resort.”


June 23, 1913 [SBDN]: “One of the largest island parties that has visited Santa Cruz Island for years was taken to Pelican Bay yesterday by the Gussie M and the Charm, the excursionists numbering eighty-eight. A big dinner was served at the island camp. The day was spent by the party in fishing, exploring the canyons and picnic delights in general.”


June 23, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Henry S. Short went to San Pedro today with his powerboat, the Charm, which is to be given a thorough overhauling. Her bottom will be scraped and copper-painted and her machinery put into perfect order. The hull will be repainted all over and other improvements will aid to put the craft in the best possible condition.”


June 24, 1913 [SBMP]: “…The fifty-two passengers who made the trip on the Gussie M were joined at Pelican Bay by forty more who went over with Captain Short on the Charm. A chicken dinner and fish chowder was prepared by Mrs. Eaton and was much enjoyed. Many enjoyed a jaunt over the hills…”


June 30, 1913 [SBDN]: “The gasoline launch Charm has just been brought back from San Pedro by Captain Short, where it was taken for a thorough overhauling. The boat was repainted, new rigging put in and the engine overhauled and cleaned, so that the boat is now in excellent condition. It made its first voyage upon its return Sunday to the islands.”


July 4, 1913 [OC]: “...The rock cod is being caught in abundance, a party of which went over in the Gussie M, and the Charm yesterday having hauled in over 200 of this variety… Excursions to the islands are becoming so popular that local launch owners are having a hard time to accommodate the demand. Yesterday Captains Eaton and Short took over a party of about 40 in the two launches Gussie M, and Charm, while Captain Vasquez took over a large party in the Otter…”


June 13, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captains Henry Short and Ira Eaton, owners of the power launches Charm and Gussie M, respectively, have just concluded arrangements for a consolidation of their interests for the island excursion business during the summer and fall, and expect to do a lively business in carrying ocean pleasure seekers to the different island harbors… The first excursion under this arrangement will occur next Sunday, when both the boats named will go to Pelican Bay for a grand dedication of the new island camp.”


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.”


August 22, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain Henry Short, with Charles Davis, who recently exposed the slaughter of seals on the Channel Islands, and S. E. Lewis, wharfinger at the Stearn’s company dock, will leave this week for a cruise of indefinite length about the channel.”


September 11, 1913 [SBMP]: The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, left yesterday from Pelican Bay to take Commodore Mitchell’s party on a cruise around Santa Cruz Island. Mitchell is the owner of the yacht Yankee Girl, of Long Beach, the Yankee Girl being one of several pleasure boats now at Pelican Bay. Mrs. C. H. Gardner and a party of friends were passengers on the Charm, expecting to spend a day or two at the Eaton camp.”


September 16, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short and Miss Lillian Powell Jones were married Sunday afternoon in the presence of a few friends at Grace Lutheran church. The ceremony was performed by Rev. G. P. Goll, and the special music for the occasion was provided by Mrs. Walter N. Grant. Captain Short has for many years been connected with waterfront activities, as the owner of the Charm and other vessels. Miss Jones was affiliated with the visiting nurses’ association. Immediately following the wedding Captain and Mrs. Short left for the islands on the Charm and there their honeymoon will be spent. The following were present at the wedding: Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Bell, Dr. Laura Fitch Mansfield, Mr. and Mrs. Mason MacKinstry, the Misses McCollum, Mary Louise Cole, Lillian Gaddis, Etta Smith, Dorothy Myers, Margaret Short and Raymond Short.”


September 18, 1913 [LAT]: “Captain Henry S. Short, a well-known local mariner, and his bride are spending their honeymoon on a cruise of the Channel Islands. They were married last Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church, and left the same day on Captain Short’s boat, the Charm, for the islands. They expect to be away two weeks before returning here to make their home.”


September 20, 1913 [LAT]: “Captain Henry S. Short, master and owner of the launch Charm, and his bride were yesterday bemoaning the fact that the government had seized the boat at San Pedro, appropriating not only the ‘tackle and appurtenances’ of the craft, but the wedding trousseau as well. But after an interview with Assistant United States District Attorney Stone, an order was issued to Examiner Neville authorizing him to release the clothing of the bride and groom, but hold fast to the vessel. Mrs. Short thought it a shame that her wedding garments should be seized, and was of the opinion that the honeymoon would have to be cut short if they had not been successful. But in spite of the situation both Short and his wife made the best of it, except that both alleged that the action of the customs officer was not warranted under the circumstances. Mrs. Short, before her marriage to the gallant captain, was a nurse in the Cottage Hospital at Santa Barbara, where she is well known. Captain Short has resided in Santa Barbara for years, and has an excellent reputation. They were married in Santa Barbara last Sunday and were on their bridal trip down the coast. When the Charm was captured at the dock at San Pedro, charged with violation of the navigation laws. The officers took the boat and everything aboard, including, of course, the wedding garments of Short and his bride. About two months ago the Charm, with Captain Short and a party of friends sailed from Santa Barbara to Guadalupe Island. After the wedding Short and his wife thought it would be a nice honeymoon trip to make another voyage south. They pulled out of the harbor at Santa Barbara last Monday morning, taking their time down the coast, and reaching San Pedro Thursday evening. The charge against Short and the boat is that when the first voyage was made to Guadalupe Short failed to give up the enrollment and license of the vessel to the Collector of the Port at Santa Barbara before going into foreign waters, which he must do according to the provisions of the navigation laws. Short claims that he did surrender the enrollment and has the receipt for the same, but this is denied by the customs officials. Under the law, the vessel and all on board are liable to seizure and forfeiture. Captain Short called at the office of the District Attorney yesterday afternoon and explained the situation. They did not care so much for the immediate possession of the boat, but they did want the wedding garments, as the wife had nothing of her trousseau but what she had on. The law was looked up, and Stone held that there was nothing in it that would warrant the holding of the personal belongings of the pair. Mrs. Short was happy as a bird when she was assured of possession of her good clothes, but said that it would never do for their friends in Santa Barbara to learn of their predicament. The couple promptly repaired to the customs warehouse, where the order was presented, and the honeymoon clothes secured.”


September 21, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short and his bride, who was Miss Lillian P. Jones, had their pictures in the Los Angeles Times of yesterday because their honeymoon ship, the Charm, was seized by the customs authorities for alleged violation of the navigation laws at the time of Captain Short’s recent cruise to Guadalupe Island off the Mexican coast. It is said that Captain Short failed to relinquish his license and enrollment when his boat cleared for foreign parts. As the clearance on his departure and the entry on his return were effected at San Pedro, and customs officers had full knowledge of his movements, it is not expected that there will be any serious consequences…”


September 25, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short’s trouble with the customs authorities at Los Angeles caused even more inconvenience for Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gidney who were camping at Lady’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, and depending upon Captain Short to call for them Wednesday of last week. The Charm was held at San Pedro until yesterday, and although Captain Short asked another boatman to go for the Gidneys, some misunderstanding occurred to upset the plan. During the succeeding days, Mr. and Mrs. Gidney eagerly watched the horizon, with a Swiss Family Robinson anxiety, hoping to see a sail or to hear the chug of a motorboat. As time passed, their supply of provisions grew less and less, and the necessity of starting off overland to the island ranch house, fifteen or twenty miles away across precipitous ranges, was confronting them, when, Monday a fishing launch appeared, and they were given passage to this city. They were the only campers in that part of the island. Mr. Gidney is located at Bakersfield, and was delayed in his return there several days. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Gidney of this city.”


October 24, 1913 [SBMP]:Charm sails free of legal squall. Captain Henry Short’s launch, the Charm, was yesterday released from custody on an order issued by Assistant United States District Attorney Stone. The boat had been tied up for more than a month at San Pedro. The charge was violation of the navigation laws requiring owners of vessels to deposit their certificates of sailing upon departure for foreign waters. Captain Short got mixed up with the law while on his honeymoon. He left Santa Barbara a month ago and the boat was seized in connection with a former voyage into Mexican waters. When the Collector of Customs libeled the vessel, all of the bridal trousseau was aboard and appropriated by officers. Later personal belongings were permitted to be taken from the boat, but the Charm has since been tied up.”


November 1, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, after having been tied at San Pedro by the customs authorities, is expected to arrive here today. The boat was released a week ago, but Captain Short was finally exonerated of all blame for a purely technical offense. An island party has been arranged for the Charm Sunday.”


November 8, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain Henry Short, will take a party of Normal students to Santa Cruz Island today. Another party has engaged the launch for Sunday, and on Monday the Charm will go to San Miguel with supplies for the Water’s ranch.”


November 8, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Short in the Charm left this morning for Santa Cruz Island with a party of friends for a day’s outing and fishing.”


November 14, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will sail today for San Miguel Island.”


November 14, 1913 [SBMP]:Charm gets in from San Miguel. In the face of the southeast blow, nearly all of the launches of the fishing and pleasure fleets crossed the channel for shelter from the storm. Few of them had returned by yesterday. The Charm, Captain H. S. Short, came in last evening from San Miguel Island, reporting a rough passage.”


November 15, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will sail today for San Miguel Island.”


November 17, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Short arrived from Santa Cruz Island this afternoon on the Charm, bringing a cargo of abalone shells.”


November 18, 1913 [SBMP]: “Loses boat but wins bride on island. Clarence Libbey, shipwrecked on San Miguel Island, will wed daughter of keeper... Miss Russell came to Santa Barbara several days ago to prepare for the wedding, and yesterday her mother arrived from the island on the Charm, and will be here until after the ceremony. ”


November 19, 1913 [SBMP]: “During yesterday’s southeast blow, the channel was quite rough. The launches Otter and Charm and nearly all of the fishing boats left for the lee of the islands…”


November 25, 1913 [SBMP]: “... Mrs. Russell returned to the [San Miguel] island yesterday on the launch Charm. ”


November 26, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short, returning yesterday from San Miguel and Santa Rosa islands, reported a heavy rainfall on the south side of the channel. In fact, the rain followed the Charm the greater part of the way on the trip to Santa Barbara. Captain Short had as a passenger from Santa Rosa Island, Frank Pepper, the superintendent of the island. Mr. Pepper is reported to be here on a very pleasant mission.”


December 5, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, arrived yesterday from the islands having been delayed a day or two by rough weather. With the Santa Cruz Island Company’s schooner is still stranded at Rincon, the Charm is serving as a carrier for business to the islands and the mainland. Yesterday the launch brought a small cargo of livestock and wine.”


December 6, 1913 [SBDN]: “Thieves stole a cask of wine from the Charm yesterday, planning to dispose of it by the cover of darkness last night, but Captain Short, in whose charge the cask had been shipped from the island to a local consignee, found the cask buried in the sand of the beach. For months, petty thieving has been steadily pursued along the water front, despite all efforts to apprehend the thieves.”


December 13, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Henry S. Short, is supposed to be at San Miguel Island.”


December 16, 1913 [SBMP]: “Popular high school boy, son of Captain H. S. Short, victim of pneumonia. The death of Raymond Wilson Short, son of Captain Henry S. Short, and a member of the junior class of the high school comes as an unexpected blow to his family and to his many young friends. The lad was 19 years of age, an unusually bright boy, and likable. During vacations he was with his father constantly on their boat, the Charm. It was at the islands about two weeks ago that the trouble which ended yesterday in his death, began. He injured one of his feet, and blood poisoning set in a few days later. An attack of pneumonia found him in such a weakened condition that he was not able to rally. He passed away at 4 o’clock yesterday morning at the family home on Anacapa Street. His sister Margaret, and their stepmother were with him… The launch Gussie M, Captain Ira Eaton, started early yesterday morning to carry the sad intelligence to the bereaved father. At a late hour last night, neither the Gussie M nor the Charm had reached port. Funeral arrangements are awaiting the arrival of Captain Short. The young man was born in Santa Barbara, and had spent his life in this city. His mother died about six years ago.”


January 17, 1914 Charm sank at the Santa Barbara wharf when she struck pilings of the wharf while at anchor during a southwester.