Dawn

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Dawn (#157169) (1883-1901), 35-foot wood-hulled gasoline schooner which wrecked at Anacapa Island on February 9, 1901. At the end of her career she was a support vessel for the island lobster camps used by the Catalina Conserving Company.



In the News~

September 2, 1894 [SBMP]: “The pleasure yacht Dawn with a party of San Diego people on board, stopped here yesterday on her way to Santa Rosa Island, where the party will go into camp.”


July 13, 1896 [HL/BP]: “Avalon. Today at 12:30 P.M. I was notified by one of our men that the Dawn from Long Beach having on board a large party had dropped anchor in the bay. Hastily summoning the men in our employ and accompanied by J. B. Banning we went down to the Bath House and noticed a boat heading for the beach in front of the Wooster Easement. In the boat were five men, one of whom was J. J. Morgan from Covina. Mr. Morgan stated they were a party of tourists who had chartered the Dawn for the day, and that they would like to come ashore for a couple of hours. Mr. Banning informed them they could land upon the strip lying between low and mean high water mark but could not cross over the Company’s property without taking out permits; this they refused to do… Possibly twenty people came ashore and paraded up and down the strip of land first mentioned for about three hours…”


July 22, 1896 [LAT/VC]: “The sail and power yacht Dawn arrived off this city this morning from Catalina direct…”


July 22, 1896 [SBDI]: “The yacht Dawn from Los Angeles, arrived here last night at 7 P.M. via Catalina Island. She will leave tomorrow morning for a cruise among the islands. The party consists of L. L. Robinson, Harry W. Cole, H. B. Ferris, D. E. Marriane, J. P. Vawter and B. F. Yarnell with Captain Haworth and a crew of four men. The Dawn is a schooner of seventeen tons. “


July 27, 1896 [LAT]: “The yacht Dawn left Santa Barbara Thursday at 3 P.M. for Santa Cruz Island. In the channel the wind was blowing a gale, and the waves ran high… Coasting southward, Prisoners’ Harbor was sighted at 9 P.M., and the boat came to anchor…”


April 27, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “Assistant United States government boiler inspector Bulger of San Francisco inspected the gasoline boats La Paloma, the Dawn and Lizzie Belle W, finding them over fifteen tons register. He condemned them for passenger service in accordance with the new law which took effect April 1, i.e., no gas engine boat over fifteen tons register is to be allowed to carry passengers…”


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.”


December 1, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “Pending the settlement of the snit between the United States authorities and the California Fish Company relative to the operation of the gasoline sloop Alpha, the boat used for catching the sardines packed by the company, the power schooner Dawn has been engaged. This little vessel came into port this afternoon with four tons of the fish. Assistant United States District Attorney Finlayson, who has charge of the government’s interests in the case, has said he desired to bring it to as speedy a conclusion as consistent, so it is expected the case will be settled within a few days.”


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, and if all goes well will return with her first cargo Thursday or Friday.”


September 14, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “Magic can be saved. The schooner Dawn arrived here late this afternoon from the Channel Islands. Her crew says that three attempts have been made to raise the wrecked steam schooner Magic, but each time, work had to be abandoned on account of high seas...”


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 1, 1899 [LAT/SM]: “…Constable Pritchard… chartered the powerboat Dawn. The Dawn sailed from Santa Barbara…”


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 8, 1899 [SBMP]: “The gasoline schooner Dawn arrived from Santa Cruz Island yesterday with a large cargo of crawfish for the cannery.”


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 4, 1899 [SBDI]: “Captain Pierson of the schooner Dawn gave a sailing party to about fifteen young people yesterday afternoon. Two hours was pleasantly spent in this manner. After the party was ready to land and within a short distance of the wharf, the rudder broke causing them a great deal of trouble in making a landing. They finally succeeded in tying up to a buoy and reached the wharf in boats.”


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


January 16, 1900 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Dawn brought over eight tons of crawfish from the islands today. This is considered a large cargo.”


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 24, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Dawn arrived from the islands yesterday morning with a cargo of crawfish.”


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


February 1, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn left port this morning for the islands to load up crawfish.”


February 13, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn sailed for the islands this morning.”


February 15, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn arrived from the islands last night with a cargo of fish.”


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 2, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Bell was formerly engineer of the Dawn.”


March 3, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn will arrive from the islands with a cargo of crawfish tomorrow morning.”


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


March 6, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Santa Cruz and Dawn also arrived Sunday from the islands.”


March 14, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Dawn did a rushing business yesterday taking people out to the battle ships, and all were pleased with the ride given them by captains Larco and Pierson.”


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


March 23, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Dawn left yesterday for the islands for a cargo of crawfish.”


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.”


March 27, 1900 [SBMP]: “A tale of suffering and death from San Nicolas Island. Piratical crawfish catchers appropriate the only provisions in an abalone hunter's camp… When the Dawn arrived off Corral Harbor there was no sign of life at the camp. The captain sent a skiff ashore, and in the old adobe house that the late Captain Kimberly built many years ago when he owned the island, were found two Chinamen, lying in their bunks, too weak to walk, and almost too exhausted to speak. But they weakly told of the theft of their provisions, how they had lived three months on abalone meat and what fish they could get, and how they had all sickened through lack of proper nourishment and one of them had already died. A meal that they could eat in their weakened condition was soon prepared from the stores of the Dawn, and the Chinamen’s spirits began to improve and the thought that rescue was at hand. They could not help with the loading of the vessel, but this was finally accomplished by the Dawn’s crew, and the Chinamen took passage on the vessel for Santa Barbara. The Dawn stopped at the Frenchman’s long enough to leave provisions, however, arriving here on Sunday morning…”


March 27, 1900 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Dawn, which makes trips between here and the Channel Islands, arrived last evening from San Nicolas Island, bringing two Chinese who had been rescued from starvation. They were in a miserable condition and mourned the death of a companion, who perished on the island three weeks ago from lack of proper food...”


March 31, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Waters left on the Dawn last night with a party of sheep shearers for San Miguel Island. He will return as soon as the shearing is completed, which will require about two weeks.”


April 4, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn will arrive from the islands some time tonight.”


April 6, 1900 [SBDI]: “The steamer Dawn returned from the islands yesterday where she had gone for a load of sheep for Sherman & Ealand, but on account of the rough weather they were unable to land. The boat will return in a few days for the same purpose.”


April 8, 1900 [SBMP]: “During the summer, the Dawn will take parties on a cruise around the channel.”


April 16, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn left for the islands [Santa Rosa Island] this morning to get the sheep shearers who have been at work there for the past month.”


April 16, 1900 [SBDI]: “A party of twenty-two young men left Saturday night in the schooner Dawn for an outing at Santa Rosa Island. They fired several salutes before departing.”


April 17, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Dawn returned Sunday evening from an excursion trip to the islands. The party was made up of Santa Barbara businessmen, and out for recreation… The round-trip occupied less than 24 hours.”


April 20, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Dawn arrived last evening, seven hours and forty-five minutes from San Miguel Island, with 101 sheep. Foggy weather is reported across the channel.”


April 21, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn is expected to arrive from the islands tomorrow with sheep for Sherman & Ealand.”


May 11, 1900 [SBDI]: “Captain Waters returned last night on the schooner Dawn from a business trip to Santa Cruz Island.”


May 27, 1900 [SBMP]: “A libel for $30 was taken out yesterday against the gasoline schooner, Dawn, just as the vessel was about to sail. The claimant is Harry Wood, whose bill is for material and work.”


June 7, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn is expected here today from Santa Rosa Island, where she has been with a party of campers.”


June 13, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Dawn left for San Pedro this morning.”


June 15, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooners Dawn and Big Loafer are expected here today from the islands with sheep shearers who have been working for about three months.”


August 11, 1900 [LAT/SB]: “It is reported that about two tons of abalones were stolen recently from the Chinese fishing camp on the east end of Santa Cruz Island. This is the second theft of the kind within four months. Early in the spring the camp was raided [on San Nicolas Island] while the three Chinese occupants were out fishing, and 1500 pounds of dried abalone meat were taken with all the rice and provisions of the camp. Eight weeks later when the schooner Dawn called at the camp, one Chinaman was found dead and the other two had lain down to die. The Chinamen in both cases did not know the pirates.”


October 26, 1900 [LAT/SP]: “Captain Olsen, who recently purchased the gasoline schooner Dawn, sailed Thursday for Point Dume with ten passengers and supplies for the mining camp of the Ocean View Oil and Development Company.”


December 16, 1900 [LAT/SP]: “The powerboat Dawn sailed Friday for Anacapa Island. The powerboat Marblehead sailed today for Clemente Island. Both have gone for lobsters for the Long Beach cannery.”


February 13, 1901 [LAH]: “Schooner Dawn is wrecked. Hueneme, Cal., Feb. 12. — The schooner Dawn of San Pedro was wrecked on Anacapa Island last Saturday while loading crawfish. The loss is $2000. Captain Sorensen and Engineer Morris landed at Hueneme tonight. Five men are left on the island. The vessel was owned by the Morgan Company of Los Angeles.”


February 15, 1901 [SBDP]: “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. 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.”


February 15, 1901 [LAT/SP]: “San Pedro. The powerboat Dawn, which has been a familiar craft here and at Long Beach for several years, was wrecked Saturday. She had left San Pedro on the 6th inst., and had gone for a cargo of lobsters. She was lying off the north coast of Anacapa Island at anchor. At daybreak a fisherman was heard calling to the crew, and it was seen she had evidently dragged her mooring. She was almost on the rocks, and the surf was breaking heavily when A. J. Morris, the engineer. Leaped to the engine intending to start it. Before he could do so, the boat struck the rocks and stove a big hole in her side. The Dawn listed and lay in the breakers. Working between sets, Morris took the engine in pieces and hoisted them out, where they could be taken ashore. Most of the articles of value about the boat were saved, as the craft rapidly broke up. On Tuesday afternoon, between 1 and 6 o’clock, Harry Olsen, the captain, and engineer Morris rowed from the scene of the wreck to Hueneme. The pull was made against a head wind, and when they arrived at their destination, they were in an exhausted condition. The mate of the Dawn was J. E. Svensson. Engineer Morris is a Whittier man.”