Dreamer (#) (), 60-foot auxiliary schooner owned by archaeological collector, Arthur R. Sanger. Sanger used the vessel for access to the various Channel Islands where he would hunt for artifacts and excavate Native American burials.
Elizabeth Lester remembered: Sanger often brought groups of friends to San Miguel Island for recreation, which included “screens to sift through relic mounds for treasure.” [Lester, Elizabeth. Legendary King of San Miguel Island, 1974: 17, 43].
Dreamer was sold in 1946. It was purchased by Burr Durfee and John Ingram.
In the News~
August 23, 1916 [SBMP]: “John Russell, superintendent of Captain W. G. Waters’ ranch on San Miguel Island, had the misfortune a few days ago, to be kicked in the breast by a mule. He came to the mainland with the first opportunity that offered, when the power yacht Dreamer [Sanger] put into Cuyler’s Harbor while on a cruise around the islands. Dr. Winchester was called to attend to Mr. Russell’s injuries, which were found to be not of a serious nature. The injured man was accompanied by his wife. Both will go to Los Angeles today and the husband is expected soon to be able to resume his duties on the island.”
September , 1917 [TI/Avalon]: “The yacht Dreamer, Captain Sanger, is cruising round San Clemente for a few days.”
October 16, 1917 [TI/Avalon]: “Captain Sanger and party, on board the yacht Dreamer, spent the weekend at Avalon.”
1920 [Pacific Motor Boat, V. 13, p. 27]:“Honolulu race this year. The Honolulu race under the auspices of the Los Angeles Yacht Club is now looming bigger than ever. It bods fair to become the most noteworthy event held on Pacific waters... Among the numerous entries are the following: ...Arthur Sanger with the schooner Dreamer...”
August 23, 1923 [SBMP]: “A search for the grave of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, pioneer explorer of the Pacific Coast, and the discoverer of the Channel Islands, was begun yesterday by Captain Arthur Sanger and a party of friends on board the power schooner Dreamer, which sailed from Avalon, Catalina Island, Tuesday. The leaden coffin of Don Juan claimed by historians to be buried somewhere beneath the shifting sands of San Miguel Island, is the prize sought. Members of Captain Sanger’s party also believe that the coffin will be filled with a treasure that would pay off a foreign war loan. Local archaeologists scoff at the belief that there is a treasure concealed in the grave of the Spanish explorer, and assert that by only a chance will they locate the grave. Shifting sands of centuries have drifted over the place if interment, and only the sands blowing away again will bring to light the bones long buried they say. Again, they assert, the Spaniards were not members of a party such as the famous Captain Kidd, and would not bury their treasures. Rather they would be taken to Spain. There are no records in existence that show that the party of the dauntless Cabrillo ever found any gold or other valuables. While no details could be obtained from members of the party on the Dreamer to verify the report that the expedition is in possession of the original map made by Cabrillo himself, it was admitted that the expedition is in possession of authentic proof that such a treasure does exist and that its approximate location is known, according to dispatches received here. The search will continue for a month, according to Captain Sanger.”
July 8, 1925 [Pittsburgh Gazette Times]: “Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, Cal. July 7 — While last Monday's earthquake was toppling hotels and office buildings of Santa Barbara into the street, it was ripping great fissures in the Santa Cruz and San Miguel islands just off the coast from the mission city, hurling sections of their rocky coast lines into the sea and revealing old Indian burial places. A report of the tremblor's effect on the practically uninhabited island was brought here yesterday by Capt. Arthur Sanger of the schooner Dreamer, on the vessel's return from anchorage off Santa Cruz Island with a party of archaeologists from the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art. Sanger said the Dreamer was lying off Santa Cruz Island when the shocks began early Monday morning and that waves churned up by the quake tossed the vessel about like a piece of kindling. 'Cliffs toppled into the sea before us', he said, 'and we gazed awestruck at what seemed to be the end of the world. From San Miguel Island to the west of us, arose great clouds of dust, indicating that there, too, the cliffs were crashing.' 'After the shocks has subsided we went ashore and found that fissures opened by the quake had uncovered burial places, the existence of which we had not suspected while exploring other Indian remains on the island. We found five skulls of peculiar conformation and also numerous ornaments and utensils.”
July 7, 1930 [Malcolm Rogers Field Notes]: “Left San Diego at 7 A.M. and drove to Wilmington. In afternoon bought supplies and loaded outfit aboard the Dreamer. Set sail at 7 P.M. for San Nicolas Island.”
July 8, 1930 [Malcolm Rogers Field Notes]: “Reached Santa Barbara Island at 5 A.M. in a choppy sea. Captain Sanger sick. Sea getting rougher. A strong west wind blowing with high fog. By 7 A.M. half the crew sick and boat rolling too much to cook in galley - nothing to eat but cold food and no one wanting it. Making only 4 knots. By 1 P.M. bearings were lost and Captain Sanger ready to turn back - no sight of San Nicolas. Shortly afterward I sighted the island to the northwest of us. Decided to run for it. Made the southeast lee and anchorage at 5 P.M. Got a meal cooked at 6 P.M. but few could eat it.”
July 8, 1930 [Malcolm Rogers Field Notes]: “Left anchorage at 6 A.M. and sailed around east sand-spit and made our way along the north coast in a very heavy sea. Reached anchorage in Crescent Bay at Brook's Landing at 9 A.M. Got crew and outfit safely ashore by noon and enjoyed our first real meal. Spent afternoon making camp and getting organized. Sanger outfit immediately started out on a relic hunt. Made a mistake ever coming here with them, although our government is badly at fault for not protecting the archaeology of the island.”
July 10, 1930 [Malcolm Rogers Field Notes]: “On learning that the Sangers augmented by the family of sheep herders on the island were going out again I decided to scatter my forces and beat them to it. They started out with horses shortly after us and the high-grading race was on. We were fairly successful but they, having the help of the sheep herders who had already located many things, procured the pick of the surface objects - a fine situation. They got aboard ship by 3 P.M. and sailed off with their loot.
July 9, 1930 [TI/Avalon]: “Avalon Yachting News... Capt. Arthur Sanger and sister, Mrs. Agnes Mondon, also father and mother, schooner Dreamer...”
August 13, 1930 [TI/Avalon]: “Avalon Yachting News by Skipper... Art Sanger and family, schooner Dreamer...”
September 11, 1933 [Eagle Rock Advertiser]: “Outstanding work this summer as a Boy Scout won an unusual reward for William Swisher, of Caspar Ave. The young man is a member of troop 4 of the scouts. Young Swisher was one of 16 Boy Scouts in Los Angeles who were invited by Art Sanger, prominent business leader, to be his guests on a 5-day cruise on his 85-foot yacht Dreamer. The cruise is reported to have been of great interest and pleasure for the young guests of Mr. Sanger.”
October 18, 1934 [TI/Avalon]: “A new object for yachting parties. They secure beautiful specimens of Catalina pottery for Christmas presents. A pottery yachting party to Santa Catalina Island of the schooner Dreamer, with Captain Arthur Sanger and his sister, Mrs. Agnes Mondon, as host and hostess to their neighbors on Budlong Avenue, their Los Angeles home. The Dreamer, with its owners, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert [Arthur] Sanger, the son and daughter on board, has anchored in Avalon Bay for thirty-three consecutive summers. In winter the talk at the Sanger home is of the wonderful times enjoyed at Santa Catalina. This year the family took back a cargo of Catalina pottery, which they displayed to the neighbors, as a preview of the Christmas gifts they intended making. 'Wish that we could get some of that beautiful pottery, too', one and all chorused. 'Let's make a party of it and sail over to the island on the Dreamer and get Catalina pottery for all your Christmas gifts,' Mrs. Mondon invited. 'It will be a real adventure, hunting for pottery treasures on an island at the end of our cruise.' The invitation was enthusiastically accepted, and Tuesday the yacht Dreamer, with Captain Arthur Sanger at the wheel, his sister standing by as first mate, sailed into Avalon Bay on its expedition in quest of Catalina pottery. On board were Mr. and Mrs. Al Sumner, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Hatton, Mrs. Mable Whann, Mrs. Ethel Rowan, Mrs. Ellen Sheldon, Mrs. Guss Webb, Miss Florence Bemis, and the host and hostess. On the return cruise theDreamer was a treasure ship, laden with Catalina pottery gifts from the 'beautiful isle of dreams' to friends this Christmas.”
August 1938, Lawrence Foster Journal Living on San Nicolas Island 1938-1939:
- On his first trip to San Nicolas [August 1938], Ray [Foster] became acquainted with Art Sanger, a long time friend of the Agees. Ray and Art seemed to have a lot in common and soon became friends. Art invited us to visit him at his home, which coincidentally was just about a half block from where we lived on Budlong St. Our evening's visit to Art Sanger's home was memorable. He showed us his large collection of artifacts and the curios from his many trips to San Nicolas Island and other islands in his yacht, the Dreamer. Over his fireplace was a large oil painting of the Dreamer, a two-masted yacht. While showing us his collections, he entertained us with many sea stories as well as the history of San 2. [?] Before we left, he told us he didn't know when his next trip to the island would be, but if we were there at that time we would be welcome aboard.”
September 8, 1938 [TI/Avalon]: “The Commodore's burgees were hoisted up the mast of the Catalina Island Yacht Club at the Isthmus, Santa Catalina Island, cannon roared in salute, and the Ninth Annual Commodore's Cruise was under way... Among those noted at the early cocktail party held on the yacht club veranda were Vice Commodore Art Sanger with his guests from the yacht Dreamer, including Mrs. Agnes Mondon, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Montague, Frank Weber, Mrs. Clover Doak and daughter Dorothy Doak; ...”
October 6, 1971 [LAHE]: “Funeral services are being held today… for Arthur Randal Sanger, 91, pioneer Los Angeles sportsman, conservationist and social figure… A founder of the Catalina Island Yacht Club, Sanger was a long-time owner and skipper of the Dreamer, a 72-foot, two-masted schooner with a clipper bow, known over the Southland for many years as the flagship of the Catalina Island group’s fleet of yachts. A native of Palmer, Mass., Sanger left the East as a youth and headed toward California after attending the Colorado School of Mines and living briefly in Denver, where at one time he worked as an usher with the late Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. in the Denver Opera House. Survivors include his sister, Agnes Sanger Mondon of Los Angeles, four grand-nephews and two grand-nieces.”