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Emma (#) (1884-1899+)

In the News~

February 29, 1884 [SBDI]: “There is now being built in this city a deep water schooner that, when completed, is liable to draw attention not only to the place, but to the superiority of the vessel itself. Frequenters of the beach have noticed lately the framework of a hulk on a piece of land about two blocks to the left of State Street going down and perhaps the same distance from the beach… The framework noticed is that of the Emma of Santa Barbara being built by Messrs. Henry Hearst and Antonio Cavalleri. The schooner is to be a vessel of 80 tons burthen. The dimensions are 50 feet in length of deck, 15 feet across the beam, and 11 feet depth of hold. In the construction of the vessel only the choicest select Oregon pine is being used… The Emma will carry a crew of six men…”

March 28, 1884 [SBDP]: “The new pleasure schooner Emma being built in this city by Messrs. Henry Hearst and Antonio Caballero, is not yet completed, and probably will not be ready for launching for three week or four weeks.”

April 1, 1884 [SBDP]: “Mr. Henry Hearst, one of the owners of the new deep water pleasure schooner Emma being built here, has sufficiently recovered from the injuries sustained by falling from the scaffolding about the vessel to resume work. After making a trial trip about the channel with the boat, she will be taken to San Francisco and there be fitted up with an engine and propeller, and virtually changed into a steam yacht. It is intended that the Emma will run between this port and the Santa Barbara Islands in the interest of pleasure seekers, although she may be chartered for longer trips.”

April 21, 1884 [SBDP]: “Progress on the Emma is being watched with great interest, as with the launching of this boat dawns a new era in ship building here. From time to time different small craft have been built here and launched in the placid waters of the channel, but the Emma is the first thorough deep water vessel, and judging from the manner of the work so farm will be the peer of any ordinary vessel of the same size afloat. Today the workmen are caulking, and Mr. Caballero, one of the owners, thought that inside of three weeks the vessel would be ready for launching. Mr. Henry Hearst, the other partner in the ownership of the Emma, is at present in San Francisco purchasing rigging, sails, anchors, etc., and making arrangements to have the vessel fitted out with engine and propeller.”

July 24, 1884 [SBDI]: “The trial trip of the Emma was made yesterday. She moved out into the channel with all the sails set. There was not a great deal of wind, but we understand that she behaved well and fully came up to the expectations of her owner and builder.”

July 30, 1884 [SBDI]: “The new schooner Emma is off to one of the islands in search of a cargo of gravel for the Dibblee mansion.”

August 18, 1884 [SBDI]: “The schooner Emma arrived here Saturday from Catalina Island with a load of gravel for the Dibblee mansion. We understand the contract calls for two hundred tons. She is to discharge her cargo opposite the mansion and use lighters in getting it to the shore.”

August 22, 1884 [SBDP]: “The Emma, Captain Hurst, arrived yesterday morning with a load of gravel for Mr. Dibblee. Owing to the strong northwest gales that prevailed for the past few days at Catalina Island, he was unable to unload and had to go to Santa Cruz for his cargo. He has 41 tons aboard.”

August 28, 1884 [SBDI]: “The schooner Emma, having unloaded her cargo of gravel, will leave the first of the week for Catalina Island to bring over another load.”

September 16, 1884 [SBDI]: “The swell of the ocean for the past two days has been so great that the schooner Emma has been unable to discharge her cargo of gravel.”

September 19, 1884 [SBDI]: “Captain Hurst, master of the Emma, having discharged his cargo of gravel, is making preparations with a view of taking out a party of otter hunters.”

September 22, 1884 [SBDI]: “We learn that H. A. Rogers is to fit out the schooner Emma for an otter hunt receiving two otter boats on the Santa Rosa last evening for such purposes.”

September 24, 1884 [SBDI]: “H. A. Rogers has about completed the fitting out of the schooner Emma, which will leave tomorrow for a cruise of three months on an otter hunt. Her destination will be along the northern coast.”

October 13, 1884 [SBDI]: “The Emma has arrived from Hueneme with a cargo of barley”

November 19, 1884 [SBDI]: “The schooner Emma left yesterday for Hueneme for a cargo of barley.”

November 24, 1884 [SBDP]: “The schooner Emma is discharging a cargo of grain on the beach today.”

November 28, 1884 [SBDI]: “The Emma in discharging her cargo of barley last week lost five sacks.”

December 9, 1884 [SBDI]: “The schooner Emma is going to Wilmington soon to have her bottom scraped and caulked, thence to the Island for gravel.”

December 12, 1884 [SBDI]: “The schooner Emma is taking on ballast, preparatory for going to seas.”

December 18, 1884 [SBDI]: “Schooner Emma dropped her anchor in the harbor yesterday. She is from Hueneme loaded with grain.”

January 5, 1885 [SBDI]: “The Emma was sighted this morning, having on board a cargo of grain for this port. She hails from Hueneme.”

January 7, 1885 [SBDI]: “The Emma having discharged her cargo of grain will sail tomorrow or next day for Hueneme.”

January 10, 1885 [SBDI]: “But one schooner is in the harbor, that’s the Emma.”

February 2, 1885 [SBDI]: “Yesterday afternoon Captain Hurst took out on the schooner Emma a small party for a little sailing trip up and down the channel, but had to return after being out but a short time owing to the wind dying out. The Emma is soon to go to Wilmington for an overhauling and is to be repainted throughout.”

February 4, 1885 [SBDI]: “While Captain Hurst and his men were surfing goods from the schooner Emma yesterday, the boat they were in capsized, thereby giving all aboard a cold bath. Being expert swimmers they had no trouble in reaching shore.”

February 10, 1885 [SBDI]: “The schooner Emma under the command of S. Burtis is to go to Hueneme for another load of grain, today or tomorrow.”

February 19, 1885 [SBDI]: “The schooner Emma is at Carpinteria taking on a load of beans for San Pedro. From there they will be shipped throughout the southern territory, including Arizona.”

March 21, 1885 [SBDI]: “It is reported that the schooner Emma went on to what is known as ‘Dead Man’s Island,’ situated at the mouth of Wilmington Creek, but she was got off without any damage…”

August 18, 1885 [LAT]: “Whoa Emma! The Times has noted the misfortunes of the party which left San Pedro for Catalina a week ago today, on the tub-built two-masted schooner Emma… In the morning the Emma had drifted far away, and she kept on drifting. When the news reached San Pedro that she had not arrived at Catalina, the steamer Warrior, the yacht Ida and the sloop Judge set out to her rescue. The Judge found the Emma at last, twenty-eight miles away from Timm’s Landing, Catalina…”

July 30, 1888 [LAT]: “Probably the most valuable industry is pearl fishing, and it is at La Paz that the well-known Pearl Shell Company has its headquarters. On of the first objects that interested us was the schooner Emma, commanded by Captain George Miller… lay idly in the harbor, as if wearied of the long pearl-fishing trip from which it had just returned. It was very remunerative, however, for the Emma brought back $12,000 worth of the snowy jewels as the profits of a three-month’s trip…”

January 22, 1889 [LAT]: “Recently the schooner Emma, under command of Captain Grosse, arrived from Lower California with a cargo of 18 tons of gold ore from the San Domingo mines. It was consigned to the National City Reduction works, and has been unloaded and shipped to its final destination to be immediately run through the mill. It is virtually the first shipment of ore from Lower California, and the management of the reduction works states that if its treatment proves satisfactory to the mine owners, it will be followed by an unlimited quantity from all sections of that vast mineral region.”