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Corona
Corona foundered with 154 aboard.

Corona (#126522) (1888-1907), a 220.7-foot steam ship built in Philadelphia in 1888 for the Oregon Improvement Company. In 1897, she was sold to the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, and during the following year, she worked the Alaskan gold rush and was known as a “lucky ship.” According to an advertisement in a 1900 Santa Barbara Daily Press, her regular run from San Diego to San Francisco stopped in Port Los Angeles, Redondo, Santa Barbara, and Port Harford. According to Santa Cruz Island Company invoices, Corona serviced Santa Cruz Island between 1891 and 1897. Her luck ran out, however, March 1, 1907 when she was wrecked on a jetty near Eureka, California. There were 154 aboard at the time of the accident, and one life was lost. The Pacific Coast Steamship Company was unable to salvage her.



In the News~

October 29, 1892 [SBMP]: “E. Elliott will ship forty sacks of wool on the Corona today, part of the shearing from his San Nicolas and Anacapa sheep.”


February 7, 1893 [SBMP]: “Mr. Justinian Caire, who came over last week from the Santa Cruz Island on the schooner Star of Freedom, left Sunday night on the Corona for San Francisco.”


April 10, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop Big Loafer returned last night from San Miguel Island where she went in search of William Spence, the seaman of the King James, who landed on one of the islands from the captain’s lifeboat last Monday. The sloop did not stop at Santa Rosa Island where it has since been determined the man landed. When the sloop left Santa Barbara, it was supposed from Captain Drummond’s description that San Miguel was the island on which the man was left, and the Loafer had no orders to go to Santa Rosa Island. The steamer Bonita went to Santa Rosa Island last night, and if the man has not reached some settlement searching parties will be sent out. The survivors of the crew of the King James leave tonight on the steamer Corona for San Francisco, with the exception of the captain and mate, who will remain here for a few days.”


June 27, 1893 [SBDI]: “Mrs. J. Caire, Miss Aglae Caire, Miss Helene Caire, Miss María Rossi, Miss Adelaide Dusio of San Francisco, John Drumm, Miss Carrie Drum, Miss Sara Drum, of Oakland, and Miss Madeline Rosseter of Alameda, arrived last evening on the Corona, and registered at the San Marcos; they left this morning on the steamer Santa Cruz for the island.”


June 28, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “Justinian Caire, manager of Santa Cruz Island, came in on the Corona Monday night.”


September 18, 1893 [SBDI]: “The Corona goes north tonight with the following passengers: Miss Delphine Caire, Miss Marie Caire, N. Breck, G. A. Halfield, W. H. Norway, A. B. Williams, Mrs. M. F. Hunt, E. H. Merrill and Justinian Caire.”


September 28, 1893 [SBDI]: “Mrs. A. C. Caire, Miss A. L. Caire, F. F. Caire, Miss H. Caire and Miss A. Dusio left on the Corona last evening for San Francisco. They have been spending some time on Santa Cruz Island.”


December 7, 1893 [SBDI]: “The gasoline schooner Hattie has returned from the seal hunt among the islands. The result is quite satisfactory. The hunters secured twelve seals of various varieties, and they will be shipped to San Francisco shortly. At present the cages are made fast to buoys in the kelp. If word is received that the tank is ready for them, they will be brought to the wharf tomorrow and sent north on the Corona tomorrow night.”


January 7, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Mayor Gaty’s Amphibia is to receive another reinforcement of seven seals that were brought over from the islands and landed at the wharf yesterday. They were shipped for San Francisco last night on the Corona...”


January 15, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Captain W. G. Waters arrived on the Corona Saturday evening.”


March 10, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “The fisherman in whose nets the huge backing shark was captured, were induced to exhibit the leviathan at the wharf side, and quickly had an offer for $40, which they refused, followed by another of $50 from Mr. Rogers, with which they closed. The monster, with the aid of blocks, tackle, and the steamship Corona, was, after one or two failures, hoisted into the pier, and handed over to Taxidermist Jess for mounting...”


May 2, 1894 [SBDI]: “Quite a large shipment of abalone, some ten tons, was sent to San Francisco last night on the Corona.”


May 22, 1894 [LAST/SB]: “It is stated that the Pacific Coast Steamship Company is soon to make an important change in their line of boats on the southern route. The Corona is to be changed to the northern run, and the more commodious vessel, the City of Puebla, is to be put in her place... This will make a much better line of steamers than has been run heretofore on this route.”


October 1, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Another change is to be made in the schedule of the steamship line. The Corona is to be placed in dry dock and thoroughly overhauled, during which time the Pomona will run in her place.”


October 11, 1894 [SBDI]: “Mr. J. Caire left last evening on the steamer Corona for San Francisco, after spending six months on the island of Santa Cruz.”


November 22, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Loss of the steamer Crown of England. The Court of Inquiry exonerates the captain and crew from all blame. The only testimony introduced before the Court of Inquiry sitting at Santa Monica on Wednesday to conclude its investigations into the loss of the steamer Crown of England early on the morning of November 7, was the deposition of E. O. Parsons, second officer of the passenger steamer Corona, which plies between San Francisco and San Diego…”


July 11, 1895 [LAT/SF]: “Coming by boat. San Francisco July 10 passengers on the steamer Corona for Santa Barbara: A. J. Caire…”


June 18, 1896 [SBDN]: “The Restless arrived this morning from the islands with 17 sea lions. That makes 20 now on the wharf. The whole lot will be shipped south on the Corona tomorrow night en route for Central Park, New York City, where they will be placed in the Zoological Gardens.”


June 19, 1896 [SBDI]: “The twenty seals have taken passage via Redondo, on the Santa Fe Route, for New York City, and left this afternoon by the Corona.”


April 29, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Skipper Newton ran his new sloop down to the dock, and the great boom of the Corona reached out and, laying hold on Olita, hoisted her from the dock with out apparent effort and gently lowered her into the water, to the delight of the groups who had gathered to witness this novel proceeding.”


July 4, 1897 [LAT/Red]: “The fishermen in camp below here shipped over three tons of abalone shells and meats to San Francisco parties on the Corona this morning.”


January 26, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Eugene F. Rogers and T. J. McCrosky of this city, sailed for Dyea from Seattle on the steamer Corona last Thursday.”


February 2, 1898 [LAT/SC]: “Mrs. Eugene F. Rogers of this city received a telegram from her husband at Lewis Island, which had been sent to Seattle by boat, stating that he would proceed to the upper Yukon by way of Skagway, immediately. Mr. Rogers was one of the recently wrecked Corona passengers.”