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Estrella (#) (1919-)

In the News~

June 21, 1919 [SBMP]: “The Estrella, a new addition to the channel fleet of fishing boats, was launched yesterday, and is now at anchor alongside the pier, awaiting the finishing touches to her cabin before ready for operation. The launch is owned by C. Vasquez and a Santa Barbara product.”

July 22, 1919 [SBMP]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez of the launch Estrella, arrived at the pier yesterday with the vanguard of a camping trip that has been sojourning at Fry’s Habor, Santa Cruz Island, for the past week. On the passenger list were also three young seals captured by Vasquez with the help of the campers. Among those who landed yesterday were Dr. W. S. Hicks, city health officer George Norris, the latter a former Santa Barbara boy who has been living in Arizona for a number of years… Those of the party who remained at the camp, with the expectation of returning Thursday, are J. Kimberly, F. Mandeville, Oscar Fitch and John McCaughey. The report that came with the arrival of the Estrella as to the fishing at the islands was a rosy one. According to the vacationers it was a common occurrence to land three or four good bass on one line.”

November 7, 1919 [SBMP]: “When the schooner owned by Captain Vasquez was pounded to pieces by the waves on Anacapa Island Monday, Dr. Harold Sidebotham and members of his party figured in a thrilling scene, several sections of which could be used for an up-to-the-minute scenario. While en route this way, the steering gear on the Vasquez boat jammed. With a heavy sea running, the little craft was carried rapidly to her doom. When with in a few feet of the rocks, Captain Vasquez shouted to his passengers, urging them to take to the small boats. This was done with alacrity. Then came the big smash. The schooner doubled like a broken twig and sank. In the meantime, Dr. Sidebotham and his party pulled on the oars and following the directions of Captain Vasquez finally made a little cove on the other side of the island, where a smooth, rolling beach gave them a chance to land with safety. Then one of the real hardships was encountered. Not a scrap of food had been saved. No water cask had been thrown overboard, and in every sense those who had escaped a watery grave were marooned. In this predicament each individual did his best to attract attention from the mainland. The spasmodic joys occasioned by De Foe’s account of one Robinson Crusoe, who caught fish with his bare hands and slaughtered goats by hurling rocks down on them from great cliffs, were mentally pictured, but this did not help matters in the least, as everyone was getting hungry and there was no bacon in the haversack. Along toward nightfall a gasoline launch chugged along about three miles out. Signals were flashed in the wind, a fire used as a beacon, and much to the castaways glee the captain of the craft finally turned his weathered eye in the direction of Anacapa, shifted his course, and picked up those who did not care to go in for a day’s exploring on a rocky island.”

June 11, 1920 [SBMP]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez, aged 53, of 623 East Haley Street, died suddenly Wednesday night from paralysis of the heart while off Smugglers Bay on Santa Cruz Island in his fishing launch. He had left Santa Barbara the previous morning with two employees for the islands apparently in good health, and his death came without a moment's warning. For the past few years Captain Vasquez has been employed by Captain McGuire in hunting seals on the shore of the island. Neither of the fishermen who were with Captain Vasquez at the time of his death knew much about operating a powerboat, and they made no attempt to return to the mainland Wednesday night, but waited for daylight... Captain Vasquez was widely known along the coast, and has the record of saving many lives in the local harbor.”