Fisherman’s Cove, Santa Catalina Island

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Fisherman’s Cove, Santa Catalina Island, is a little inlet on the eastern side of the Isthmus Bay, forming a perfect shelter for small boats in any kind of a storm [May 28, 1936: TI/Avalon.]

FISHERMAN'S COVE: “The former location of Mrs. Trask's summer home. On the slopes of the surrounding hills many of her most interesting finds may be regathered, such as Trifolium microcephalum, Tithymalus helioscopia, Gilia dianthiflora, etc.” [Millspaugh & Nuttall. Flora of Santa Catalina Island (1923)].

In the News~

September 22, 1914 [TI/Avalon]: “Work commenced last week at Fisherman’s Cove to secure samples of rock for improvements to the inner harbor at San Pedro. It is expected that a large quantity of this rock will be used.”

March 12, 1918 [TI/Avalon]: “Points of Interest: Fisherman’s Cove — A little inlet on the eastern side of Isthmus Bay, forming a perfect shelter for small boats in any kind of a storm.”

June 24, 1931 [TI/Avalon]: “Explosion on cruiser Sunday near Isthmus. J. L. Moody of Long Beach was burned seriously Sunday afternoon when the cruiser Olympia exploded while the vessel was at anchor off Fisherman's Cove, near the Isthmus. Mr. Moody was brought to the Catalina Hospital on the Coast Guard cutter No. 258. He was burned about the head and shoulders and below the knees. The Olympia burned to the water's edge and sank. The craft was owned by Jesse M. Nelson, president of the Oil Well Supply Company, at Signal Hill. Moody was the only person aboard the cruiser at the time of the explosion. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Moody and J. L. Moody, Jr. had gone for a walk over to Catalina Harbor. On their return they saw their boat in flames. Immediately after the explosion Mr. Moody grabbed a life preserver and jumped overboard. Witnesses state that as the rescuers were rowing out to the burning craft a second explosion occurred, throwing debris and gasoline over Mr. Moody, struggling in the water. Hampered by the life preserver, he was again burned on the head and shoulders. It was some moments before the rescuers could approach the injured man and the burning vessel. The Olympia was valued at $35,000.”

August 19, 1931 [RI/Avalon]: “Mrs. Luella Blanche Trask resided at Avalon and Fisherman's Cove, near the Isthmus, from 1895 to 1915. She collected many valuable botanical and mineral specimens which she donated to the New York Botanical Garden, U.S. National Herbarium, Field Museum, and California Academy of Sciences. The fire of 1915 at Avalon and the San Francisco fire of 1906, destroyed her collections at her home in Avalon, and the California Academy of Sciences. Fortunately, there were a few duplicates in other herbariums. Mrs. Trask thought little of walking from Avalon to the Isthmus and return in one day. She died November 11, 1916 in San Francsico. Mrs. Trask was often visited by her daughter Caroline. After her mother's death, Miss Trask married and for a number of years has been living in Paris, France.”