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In the News~

October 24, 1883 [San Diego Sun]: “The schooner Ellen, Captain Behen, consigned to Mr. A. Wentscher, arrived on Sunday from Clemente Island with six hundred gallons of oil and eight hundred seal skins. She was absent one and a half months.”

August 6, 1898 [SDU]: “The schooner Ellen arrived yesterday from Richardson island, in the Santa Barbara Channel, with a cargo of guano.”

September 23, 1906 [SBI]: “Schooner Ellen Brings Lumber. Captains Maguire and Vasquez succeed in attempt to save cargo.

September 25, 1906 [SBI]: “The schooner Ellen, Captain Vasquez, which has been engaged in bringing to the mainland the portion of the lumber cargo that has been saved from the wrecked lumber schooner J. M. Colman, which went upon the rocks on the western shore of San Miguel Island about a year ago, sailed for the island after having discharged the cargo of lumber that was brought to Santa Barbara on Saturday last. She will probably be absent for a week or more before she will be able to land another cargo of lumber, if it should be found possible to remove it from the shattered hull of the ill-fated vessel. Before departing, Captain Vasquez stated that he would be able to save the greater part of the cargo that still remains on the Colman, although the lumber is transferred to the schooner Ellen with great difficulty on account of the rough weather that prevails along the western coast of San Miguel Island at this time of year.”

October 19, 1906 [San Pedro Daily News]: “Santa Barbara, Oct. 19.—W. O. Brunnell, a San Pedro fisherman engaged in the crawfish traffic, was picked up by the schooner Ellen, Captain Vasquez, twenty miles off San Miguel Island in a dory in an exhausted condition. He was blown to sea in a gale, and was out twenty hours. The Ellen had her mainsail blown away. It is thought marvelous that the dory survived the gale. Brunnell was brought to this city.”

October 23, 1906 [SBMP]: “The schooner Ellen, which has been engaged in the salvage of the cargo of the wrecked schooner Colman, sailed from San Miguel Island yesterday morning. Captains Vasquez and McGuire, who have undertaken the venture of saving some of the Colman’s valuable cargo, realize that their chance will come to an end as soon as the first heavy storm breaks, as the lumber schooner is in a precarious position, and will undoubtedly break up with the first heavy seas. They are therefore rushing work as fast as possible, and a crew of men is at work taking the lumber out of the vessel and transferring it by improvised railroad to the nearest point from which it can be loaded on the Ellen. The Ellen was caught in a stiff gale last week and suffered considerably. She has been laid up for repairs for several days past.”

November 6, 1906 [SBMP]: “The schooner Ellen, Captain Vasquez, left for San Miguel Island yesterday for a load of lumber from the abandoned lumber schooner Colman. Captain Vasquez has been engaged in the salvage work for some months past, and has taken a large amount of lumber from the wrecked vessel, but the Colman is breaking up fast and it is not thought he will be able to make any more trips.”

December 8, 1906 [SBMP]:Ellen arrives with lumber. The power schooner Ellen arrived at a late hour Thursday night from the west end of San Miguel Island, where she had been for several days, taking on board a quantity of lumber that was saved from the wrecked lumber vessel Colman, that went on the reefs about a year ago and could not be saved. Captain Vasquez undertook to save the lumber and he has thus far succeeded in removing the greater part of the cargo that conditions will permit him to reach. Yesterday he was discharging about 15,000 feet of the lumber that he had saved from the hold of the wrecked vessel, at the foot of the commercial wharf. As soon as Captain Vasquez has put on board another lot of supplies he will return to the island for another load.”

December 13, 1906 [SBMP]: “The one single sacrifice that was claimed by the heavy wind and rain storm on Tuesday night, seems to have been the schooner yacht Ellen, which is now stranded on the beach a short distance from Port Harford [Port San Luis]. Captain Colice Vasquez, who has been in charge of the vessel in the removal of lumber from the hold of the wrecked vessel Colman, had sent the vessel back to San Miguel for another cargo of lumber, deciding to remain ashore for a trip. When Captain Vasquez received the report of the stranding of the vessel yesterday forenoon, he expressed himself in doubt as to the truth of the rumor. He stated that his first mate, Joe Bermudez, has been sent in charge of the Ellen for San Miguel Island in plenty of time to reach the island before the storm set in, and that she was a long distance out of her course in the neighborhood of Port Harford. Yesterday afternoon, however, Captain Vasquez received definite information to the effect that the Ellen had been washed ashore, the first mate stating that he would be in Santa Barbara on the morning train. The only other person on board was Andrew Broadstone, who with the first mate swam ashore. The Ellen is a sailing vessel of about 19 tons burden. She is about forty feet in length and has a twelve foot beam. She has made several trips between Santa Barbara and San Miguel Island to save the cargo of lumber that had remained on the steam schooner Colman that dashed upon the reefs on the western end of the island during a storm about a year ago.”

December 14, 1906 [SBMP]: “Wreck of Schooner Ellen a Mystery. Non-arrival of mate Bermudas leaves owners in doubt — hope damage small. In spite of the efforts that have been made by Captain Colise Vasquez and George M. Macguire, owners of the schooner Ellen that is reported to have gone ashore near Port Harford during the recent storm, to ascertain the true condition of affairs, they have yet been unable to learn the extent of damage that has been caused to the vessel. On the morning following the day of the stranding of the schooner, the first mate, Joe Bermudas, who was in charge of the vessel, sent a telegram from Surf to Captain Vasquez, asking that he send him enough money to return to Santa Barbara. He said that the Ellen had gone on the beach but gave no details. He was supposed to have arrived from Port Harford yesterday morning. Captain Vasquez and Captain Maguire having gone to the depot to meet him, but he failed to put in an appearance and the owners of the vessel are just as much in the dark as to what actually occurred to the Ellen as they were when the first report of the accident was turned in. It is not believed, however, that the Ellen has been badly damaged as the point at which she is reported to have gone ashore has a long stretch of sandy beach and there is little danger of her being dashed to pieces on the rocks. ”

December 16, 1906 [SBMP]: “Terrific Gale Tore Sails to Rags. Members of the crew of the ill-fated schooner Ellen returning yesterday from Port Harford, near the place the vessel was wrecked some days ago, report that the disaster could not have been prevented under the direful circumstances through which the Ellen labored on its way to San Miguel Island. The Ellen, on the day of the fierce gale that swept the channel lost first mainsail, then the foresail. The crew did not give up, but rigged a jib, and succeeded in beating against the storm until the rudder broke, when further effort seemed useless, and the vessel was run ashore. She soon broke up, and all the crew saved the compass and a few other things of minor value. Captain Vasquez, who left here on his launch for the scene of the wreck, has not yet returned.”

December 25, 1906 [SBMP]: “Captain Colice Vasquez stated yesterday afternoon that he would leave tomorrow on a trip up the coast for the purpose of locating the stranded schooner Ellen and would make an examination of her condition. He states that, according to the reports that he has received, there will be difficulty in getting the schooner off the sands at the point that she is reported to be resting near Port Harford. While it has been established conclusively that the schooner has been shorn of all of her fittings and supplies, the owners of the vessel have not yet set officers at work for the purpose of detecting [—?] of the guilty parties. As soon as Captain Vasquez has had an opportunity to make a complete investigation, a decision will be made by the owners of the craft.”

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. Sunday morning two fishing launches, one of them, Larco’s Miramar, appeared, and later the Ellen, Captain Zankich, chartered by Prof. A.C. Olney, whose wife was with the Charm party. The Charm was then given a rapid tow across the channel, the three launches furnishing the power with the Ellen leading the tandem...”

June 26, 1913 [SBDN]: “The launch Otter, which has been lying aground on the beach in front of the Potter since last Sunday night, was got into the water again at a late hour yesterday afternoon through the combined haul of the powerboats Gussie M and Ellen. The Otter was found to have suffered no injury through her risky experience, and she is in as good shape as ever for the excursion business, which will be resumed next Sunday, when the boat is expected to carry to the islands a large party of pleasure seekers.”