Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island

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Cove east of Fry's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island
Friar's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. 1899


Frye's Harbor (Fry’s Harbor), Santa Cruz Island (Friars, Friar’s, Frier’s, Frey’s) is the next popular anchorage to the west of Platt’s [Dick’s] Harbor on the north side of the island. Along with Cueva Valdez, it was one of the most popular camping locations on the north shore. Through the years, the name has had various spellings, but the original moniker was Frye's Harbor.

The harbor is named for Alfred "Again" Frye, born March 2, 1839 in North Haven, Maine. He married Francena “Fanny” Pettee (1840-1898), born December 13, 1840 in Goldsboro, Maine.

Alfred "Again" Frye (1839-1902) = Francena “Fanny” Pettee (1840-1898)

  • Julia Frye (1856-1860)
  • Alice Frye (1859-c. 1863)
  • Alexis Everett Frye (1859-1936)
  • Lambert Pettee Frye (1861-1936) = [1886] Lillie May Neese (1870-1958)
1. Alfred Lambert Frye (1888-1959)
2. Francina May Frye (1890-1962)
3. George Francis Frye (1893-1954)
4. Catherine (1895-1890)


They lived for a long time on Santa Cruz Island: “at the place being known as Frye’s Harbor or Frye’s Cove. Here their son Lambert was born on November 6, 1861, he being the first white child born on the Santa Cruz Island. Lambert was carried from [Santa Cruz Island] (when about 4 or 5 years old) to Santa Barbara and went to school in a mission there. A wealthy Spanish resident offered to make Lambert heir to a large tract of land if he would adopt Roman Catholic faith. A playmate told Lambert he would have to eat a spoonful of salt if he joined the church and so the boy, Lambert, refused to join.”

Ornithologist Joseph Grinnell visited Frye’s Harbor in September 1903. On September 1, 1903 he collected the type specimen, Vireo mailliardorum, at “Friar’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island.” In his field notes [MVZ] Grinnell writes:

“Frye’s Harbor is a narrow fiord terminating a steep-sided canyon running back among the hills and mountains of the west end of Santa Cruz Island. The canyon bed is lined with willows, blackberries, and a few cottonwoods. The canyon and hillsides for a considerable ways up are covered with fine large live oaks, manzanita, ironwood, heteromeles and a few pines. Saw following birds: Bald Eagle (several along precipitous shores), Island shrike…”

The Santa Barbara breakwater was built from rock blasted and quarried from this site. Today, remains of the defunct rock quarry operation lie scattered about the harbor. This place name appears on the Santa Cruz Island Sheet B topographic map.


» Fry’s Harbor Quarry; Quarry: Santa Cruz Island, Fry’s Harbor (1927-1930)

» Helen, Robert R. A Brief History of the Fry’s Harbor Quarry, 1928-1929, Santa Cruz Island, California


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In the News~

August 14, 1892 [SBMP]: “Santa Cruz Island as seen by a Barbareño on a pleasure trip... It was early morning in the latter part of July. Camping equipage enough for a small army lay piled upon the wharf, and the schooner Lottie, lying at anchor with every sail spread, indicated that she was ready to receive this ponderous load... On account of the high wind we could not make our intended port, but in a few minutes we dropped anchor in the quiet waters of Frye’s Harbor, there to await more favorable weather to complete the journey. This harbor is indeed a shelter in the time of storm, a cozy little place with a beach about one hundred yards wide and composed entirely of pebbles. How fresh and clean they look as the water gently surges over them. No offensive masses of seaweed are here, all is sweet and clean. High, picturesque bluffs guard either end of the beach and a small stream of pure, cool water sparkles on its way down a lovely canyon and sinks into the ground as it approaches the sea. It is a beautiful place, so peaceful, so quiet...”


July 22, 1895 [SBDI]: “Dr. and Mrs. R. J. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Whitney and party, leaving yesterday in the Restless for the islands took with them a carrier pigeon belonging to M. W. Pierce. They intend turning the bird loose some time today, with a message telling of their arrival at Friar's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, where they will camp for two weeks.”


July 25, 1895 [SBDI]: “The Restless left at 10 o'clock last night for the island, taking a supply of provisions and the mail. The sloop will visit both Quava [Cueva] Valdez and Dr. Hall's party at Friar's Harbor and will return Saturday.”


July 25, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Restless is in from the islands. Captain Burtis reports that he let loose a carrier-pigeon from Friar’s Harbor Sunday afternoon with messages for persons in this city. The dove, however, has failed to make its appearance at its cote in Santa Barbara. Captain Burtis says it reminds him of the raven that Noah sent out, and which never came back. The carrier was the property of M. W. Pierce.”


September 16, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Larco’s excursions to the islands continue to grow in popularity, and are now of almost daily occurrences. He took a party of fifty on Sunday to Fryer’s [Fry’s] Harbor on a fishing excursion, and last evening he returned with a large and delighted pleasure party from the Painted Cave and other historic points. The only reason the islands have not been a favorite resort in the past is because there has been no suitable pleasure boat. The Lizzie Belle W fills every requirement and is perfectly seaworthy.”


July 1, 1897 [SBMP]: “Mayor Whitney, Mr. Yarnell, Mr. McCuen and Mr. Biddle, who have spent the past week at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz canyon, returned yesterday by the Lizzie Belle W. They report good fishing and a most pleasant trip, but were somewhat hampered in their designs by rough weather which prevented sailing.”


July 7, 1897 [SBDI]: “Sherman P. Stow and family will leave Friday for Friar’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for a camping trip.”


July 21, 1897 [SBDI]: “The Lizzie Belle W leaves early this morning for Painted Cave, with a large party of Montecito and Santa Barbara people. Friday morning the boat will go to Friars Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, to bring Mr. Stow and party home...”


July 23, 1897 [SBDI]: “The Lizzie Belle W arrived from Friars Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, today, with the Stow party.”


August 14, 1897 [SBMP]:La Olita arrived last night at midnight from her two weeks cruise with the party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Newton, A. S. Hogue and Owen O’Neil. They had visited in turn Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands, San Pedro where the vessel was painted, and Avalon and the isthmus, Catalina. They returned by Santa Barbara Island, Scorpion Harbor and Friar’s Harbor, a couple of days earlier than expected. La Olita behaved beautifully and Mr. Newton is more than ever enthusiastic over her.”


September 7, 1898 [LAH]: “The yacht Petrel, owned by Bates Bros., was narrowly saved from being lost on the rocks of Friar’s Harbor at the islands on Sunday.”


August 1, 1899 [SBMP]: “Ex-mayor Whitney and party leave this morning on the Restless for Frye’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. This makes Mr. Whitney’s second camping trip this summer.”


August 26, 1899 [LAH]: “The Dauntless, the pleasure boat wrecked near Friar’s Habror on Santa Cruz, arrived yesterday afternoon with a party of pleasure seekers from San Pedro.”


June 22, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Rogers Fernald party is camped at Friar's Harbor.”


July 11, 1900 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Whitney will leave Friday with a party for Friar's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, on their summer camping trip.”


July 19, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Ariel arrived last evening from Friar Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, with good reports from the Whitney camp. Fishing has been good, the harbor being full of halibut. Several fine albacore were caught by the Ariel in crossing the channel.”


July 20, 1900 [SBMP]: “The island beaches are more popular with campers every year. Several parties are camping there. Mr. Whitney has a tent village at Friar's Harbor...”


June 15, 1901 [SBI]: “Henry Short, L. Higgins and a party of 16 left this afternoon in two gasoline launches and two sail boats for Frye's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. They will beach the boats and clean and paint preparatory to summer business.”


July 1, 1901 [SBMP]: “The Gussie M, Captain Colice Vasquez, left last night for Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, with a camping party. Those who composed the party were Messrs. Frank J. Smith, William Welch, Elmer Sample… A good chef has been engaged for the outing.”


July 9, 1901 [SBDI]: “Henry Short’s launch with nine passengers given up for lost… Leach reports that Henry Short’s party arrived early yesterday at Frye’s Harbor, four miles above Tinker’s Harbor. Short escaped the heavy wind… but that Henry Short’s launch with ten persons aboard had not been seen up to 8 o’clock this morning and the gravest fears were entertained that the boat had been swamped, for a very heavy and ugly sea ran all night. Those in the boat are: Henry Short, wife and two children; May Sexton; Rose Sexton; Walter Sexton; Horace Sexton; Harry Gilbert; Miss Morse. They had no food with them, expecting a light lunch, as all had expected to land on the island a little after noon… As soon as word reached here that the boat was missing, a rescue party was gotten together and started across the channel in search, in the gasoline launch Peerless...”


April 12, 1902 [OC]: “On this (Friday) morning T. E. Walker, Captain T. H. Merry and L. Lippmann departed for Santa Barbara, where they will be joined by Henry Short as pilot and depart this afternoon for Santa Cruz Island in the yacht Daisy to locate a permanent summer camp and station at Frier’s Harbor, situated on the north side of the island. From here they will also cruise along the line of the island to the west end. Around Frier’s Harbor are already a number of huts to be used for the summer, and the location is one of the best it is possible to get for a summer resort in Southern California. Five or six beautiful clear water springs are scattered here and there near the harbor and pine trees are in abundance. It is the plan of the yacht club to locate a permanent camp and make excursions to this favored spot frequently during the summer months...”


April 13, 1902 [SBMP]: “The Venturans have discovered the pleasures of a summer camp on Santa Cruz Island, and propose to make the best of it. The yacht Daisy of Hueneme, Captain T. H. Merry, will make regular trips between Santa Barbara and Friar's Harbor where a permanent camp for the Ventura people will be arranged. On Friday morning, T. E. Walker, Captain T. H. Merry and L. Lippmann departed for Santa Barbara, where they will be joined by Henry Short as pilot, and depart for Santa Cruz Island in the yacht Daisy to locate a permanent summer camp and station at Friar’s Harbor, situated on the north side of the island… Around Friar's Harbor are already a number of huts to be used for the summer, and the location is one of the best for a summer resort in southern California. Five or six beautiful clear water springs are scattered here and there near the harbor and pine trees are in abundance. It is the plan of the yacht club to locate a permanent camp and make excursions to this favored spot...”


June 17, 1902 [SBMP]: “The Olita, Captain G. W. Gourley, took a party to Friar's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, Sunday afternoon.”


July 7, 1902 [OC]: “Santa Cruz Island is becoming the most popular of any of the Channel Islands as a pleasure resort and now has several scores of people camped upon it at Fry’s Harbor among the number several millionaires and their families. By Saturday night there will be five boats of the Oxnard Yacht Club alone moored along its shores… Captain T. H. Merry also sails for the island Saturday with a party of pleasure seekers and will camp near the other Oxnard people…”


July 26, 1902 [OC]: “Captain T. E. Walker and family, who have been enjoying a three weeks yachting and camping trip on the channel, returned Tuesday on their yacht Alleene. They visited the Painted Cave and all the harbors on the north side of the island and stopped a day at Anacapa Island on the return trip… The Captain reports having met the following people in the island: …Captain Gourley of the Olita and a number of Santa Barbara people who were camped at Friar’s Harbor.”


August 21, 1903 [OC]: “A trip to Santa Cruz Island on the Pride. Our party consisted of Rev. G. S. Madden, Mrs. Ina Madden… went on board the Pride at Ventura Friday afternoon August 7. The sea was rough and the air a mite chilly… At 11 o’clock we steamed in to Frey’s Harbor and were soon at rest for the night… Jack the cook brought down a fine specimen of a wild hog. The following evening a barbecue conducted by Mr. Willis took place on the beach… August 13… the voyage home was simply superb…”


September 1, 1903 Grinnell collected a Santa Cruz Island vireo at “Friar’s Harbor,” which he described as a new species. He also collected plants during the trip. » Grinnell, Joseph The Santa Cruz Island Vireo in Condor 5:6 (157) November-December 1903.


September 4, 1903 [OC]: “Captain Merry passed Hueneme Tuesday of this week en route for San Pedro with his yacht, Daisy, where he will have a gasoline engine installed in her. He had aboard a crate of live seals sent down by sealers on Santa Cruz Island for the Los Angeles Chutes. He reports having left Lazard Lippman, Roy Koster and Cliff Marin, the latter two being Los Angeles young men, at Friars Harbor in camp, but with no means of leaving the island. It seems the party had a controversy as to the time to remain on the island and Captain Merry maneuvered and secured a boat. A chance exists to write another tale entitled ‘Marooned.’”


June 24, 1904 [SBMP]: “The schooner Pride left yesterday afternoon for Santa Cruz Island with a cargo of supplies for Mr. Frank Whitney, who is planning to enjoy a few weeks outing at Friar's Harbor... ”


September 16, 1904 [OC]: “…Friars. Here a number of wealthy Santa Barbara people come each year, with a small tent city and a corps of servants, to spend the summer months in true outdoor life and enjoyment…”


June 20, 1905 [SBMP]: “Gem of island is Santa Cruz... Friars Harbor, a favorite camping place with the Santa Barbara and Ventura people, with a pretty little beach, and Lady’s Harbor, a land-locked shelter with a deep canyon running back into the mountains that rise nearly 3,000 feet, yielded six separate varieties of fern...”


June 20, 1905 [SBMP]: “The yacht Irene visited Santa Cruz Island with a party of young people, putting into Friar’s Harbor for lunch. The Irene has just been repainted and makes a very fine appearance.”


June 22, 1905 [SBMP]: “A party of 12 or 15 well-known Santa Barbara people, headed by George E. Voorheis, left for Santa Cruz Island yesterday in the yacht Irene. They will camp for two weeks at Friar’s Harbor.”


July 7, 1905 [SBMP]: “The island camping season will soon be at its height. The Voorhess party at Friar’s Harbor sends reports of a very delightful time. A Ventura party will soon be camped at Dick’s Harbor. Several local parties are forming for island trips, and the present warm weather will add to the population of the trans-channel retreats.”


August 5, 1905 [SBMP]: “Captain Merry of the Vishnu returned from a trip to the islands and reports that he left the F. M. Whitney campers comfortably located at Friar’s Harbor and having a good time. They have a large and pretty camp pitched and will remain there two weeks.”


August 15, 1905 [SBMP]: “Captain Merry came in Sunday night with his power yacht Vishnu from Camp Whitney at Friar’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island. The Vishnu made the fastest trip of the season from that point, the passage requiring two hours and fifty-eight minutes, using both power and sail. Captain Merry has returned to the island with supplies for the campers who are having a royal good time. The party consists of F. M. Whitney, A. C. Greenwell, E. A. Diehl and wife, H. C. Booth and wife and L. F. Ruiz and wife and daughter Marjorie. The camp is at Friar’s Harbor and has been christened Camp Whitney.”


August 22, 1905 [SBMP]: “Captain Merry took a party of 21 people to the islands on Sunday in his yacht Vishnu. They visited Chinese Harbor, Prisoners’ Harbor and Friar’s Harbor and had a very pleasant trip.”


August 22, 1905 [LAT/SB]: “A party of pleasure seekers from San Diego, who are spending their vacations in camp at Friar’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, had their pleasure marred by an unexpected visit from State Fish and Game patrolman, H. J. Abels, who caught two of the party in the act of drawing an old crawfish trap from the water. The trap contained a number of these inhabitants of the deep, as a result the two men were placed under arrest and taken into this city. They appeared before Justice Wheaton this morning to answer to a charge of catching crawfish out of season. They gave their names as Oscar Siberg and E. A. Wilkersham. They deposited $20 bail each and were released, returning to their camp in the afternoon. They contend that they were not in the act of catching crawfish, but were simply drawing an old trap from the water, but did so at an unfortunate time, for the launch Irene, with the fish patrol aboard, put in just at that time for water.”


In 1906, Captain Short rescued a group of campers stranded by a storm at Fry’s Harbor.


April 18, 1906 [SBMP]: “The power yacht Vishnu, Captain T. H. Merry, returned this week from a very enjoyable visit to Santa Cruz Island where three days were spent visiting several harbors and in hill climbing... The decaying carcasses of the wild boars killed by hunters and left hanging in Friar's Harbor polluted the air in that beautiful place, much to the discomfort of other visitors...”


June 19, 1906 [SBMP]: “William Oothout and Dr. Harold Sidebotham spent three days last week at Friar's Harbor on Santa Cruz Island. They made the trip in the launch Vishnu...”


July 4, 1906 [SBMP]: “Captain Merry will sail for Santa Cruz Island this morning in his sloop Vishnu with Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Diehl, Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Ruiz and family, Miss Mamie Trussell, Henry Elizalde and others, who will join F. M. Whitney and Arthur Greenwell at Friar's Harbor where they will camp for two weeks.”


July 10, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Elizalde came over from Santa Cruz Island yesterday in Captain Merry's pleasure boat Vishnu, after supplies for the Whitney-Greenwell party, which is pleasantly located in Friar's Harbor. He left again for the island in the afternoon. Mr. Elizalde reports that the campers are having a fine time. They spend their time swimming, fishing with pole and line from shore and trolling from the Vishnu, in exploring the caves and coves of the island and making expeditions on the island.”


July 17, 1906 [SBI]: “F. M. Whitney is back from Santa Cruz Island where he has been camping with Mr. and Mrs. Diehl, Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Ruiz, Miss Marjorie Ruiz, Arthur Greenwell, Henry Elizalde and Ogenio Larco. The two last named returned with him. Mr. Whitney believes there are few places in the world that present greater attractions for recreation and a summer outing than does Santa Cruz. For twenty consecutive years he has never failed to make a visit to the island for a stay of a week or more, and sometimes has made two or three visits during the summer. ‘I have never seen the island look more beautiful that it does this year. While the hills are somewhat brown the heavy rains of this year have produced a great deal of vegetation and the coloring is superb. Then, too, the weather conditions during our stay this year have been simply ideal. It is slightly cooler than over here, and there have been no heavy winds. The party is encamped at Fry’s Harbor, and every member of it, I believe, has had a more delightful time than ever before; I certainly have. We had Captain Merry and his launch with us and spent the time in fishing, making trips around the island and various other restful ways. The rest of the party expect to return on Friday, but I believe I shall return the latter part of the month for another stay.’”


July 20, 1906 [SBMP]: “Captain Merry came in from Friar's Harbor yesterday in the launch Vishnu...”


August 12, 1906 [SBMP]: “A party of Santa Barbara men had a very pleasant trip to Santa Cruz Island yesterday morning as the guests of Alan Dunn, the associate editor of Sunset, and Julius Padilla, official photographer of Southern Pacific Railroad. They left at 2 o'clock in the morning in the launch Irene, in charge of Captain Eaton... The launch Irene slid into Cueva Valdez...”


August 22, 1906 [LAT/SB]: “A party of pleasure seekers from San Diego, who are spending their vacations in camp at Friar’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, had their pleasure marred by an unexpected visit from State Fish and Game Patrolman H. J. Abels, who caught two of the party in the act of drawing an old crawfish trap from the water. The trap contained a number of these inhabitants of the deep, and as a result the two men were placed under arrest and taken to this city. They appeared before Justice Wheaton this morning to answer to a charge of catching crawfish out of season. They gave their names as Oscar Siberg and E. A. Wilkersham. They deposited $20 bail each and were released, returning to their camp in the afternoon. They contend that they were not in the act of catching crawfish, but were simply drawing in an old trap from the water, but did so at an unfortunate time, for the launch Irene, with the fish patrol aboard, put in just at that time for water.”


November 20, 1906 [SBMP]: “The Miramar guests who went to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, several days ago, are expected home today. They are Mrs. Robert Ramsey, Miss Julia Ramsey, Miss Mary Logan, Miss Kittie Ryan, Miss Marjory Ramsey, Ray Marron, T. C. Van Anwert, Nicolar Van Anwert and William Stanwood. The party took tents and went prepared to stay several days on the island.”


November 22, 1906 [SBMP]: “Reporting the roughest weather in fifteen years, the Miramar guests who sailed over to Fry's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island last Friday, returned safely yesterday afternoon in charge of Captain H. S. Short. The staunch launch, Point Firmin, which was used in the trip, proved herself able to ride the unusually rough water, and under Captain Short's able management of the little vessel, the party suffered no inconvenience...”


May 30, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Colice Vasquez and Dan Pico yesterday made the trip from Friar’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island to Santa Barbara, a distance of 25 miles, in one of Captain Gourley’s Whitehall rowboats. The distance was covered in five hours, remarkably good time. The men came over for repairs to the machinery of the launch Peerless. The Peerless was left at the island port, and the broken part was brought over in the rowboat. Such trips across the channel are not common in these days, though in the palmy days of otter hunting such a crossing was an ordinary occurrence.”


June 29, 1907 [SBI]: “Coert Voohees and Teddy Conant left for the islands this morning in the sailing craft Peggy. The boys will visit Friar’s Harbor for a few days, and before returning will spend a day with Alex Harmer, the local artist who is making a painting of the island harbors.”


August 8, 1907 [SBMP]: “The launch Vamoose, Captain George W. Gourley, returned to port yesterday from a two day’s cruise about the Channel Islands... On the first day, the party lunched at Dick’s Harbor, where M. C. Faulding and family and Miss Gladys Moley are camped, and dined with F. M. Whitney, Louis F. Ruiz and family at Fry’s Harbor...”


August 24, 1907 [SBMP]: “A merry party is planning to leave for the island this evening. They will go over in the launch Charm, leaving here at 9 o’clock. Tomorrow will be spent visiting different harbors and the Painted Cave. The Levy Brown camping party, which has been encamped at Fry’s Harbor for the last two weeks, will return...”


October 16, 1907 [SBMP]: “The fishermen who came over from the island report seeing a boat off Fry's Harbor on fire last Friday night. It appeared to be a large boat and the flames and smoke were plainly discernible. Another boat was near and seemed to be helping.”


June 26, 1908 [SBMP]: “Camping at Fry's Harbor are Addie Darling, young Gidney and Louis Cheval.”


September 18, 1908 [SBMP]: “John S. Edwards and Guido Corsini returned yesterday in the sloop yacht Alder from Santa Cruz Island. They had a very pleasant trip spending the windy day in safety at Fry’s Harbor. Mr. Corsini is a nephew of Dr. Franceschi. He brought back a number of rare and curious plants back from the island, which he will add to the Franceschi nursery.”


December 9, 1908 [SBMP]: “There is some size in the crawfish being caught at Santa Cruz Island. In a letter to the press, Joseph Morales, half-brother to Maggie Cavallero… states that he caught one that weighed 23.5 pounds and shipped it by Captain Vasquez to San Francisco. The Morales camp is at Fry's Harbor.”


In 1909 Margaret Eaton reported “with all its green trees and shrubs, it reminds you of the tropics. Ira [Eaton] said if we camped there, there would be no privacy at all. People came from all over the country to camp [at Fry’s] and they did not clean up when they left, so the place was always filthy.” Later in the summer she reported a party of campers “went to Fry’s Harbor where three different parties were [already] camped, but the canyon was very dirty and messy, with tin cans and garbage all over the place.


June 29, 1909 [SBMP]: “The Gussie M, Captain Colis Vasquez, left last night for Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island with a camping party. Those who composed the party were Messrs. Frank J. Smith, William Welch, Elmer Sample, Frederic H. W. Leuders, Carol Stone, Ivan Bliss, Thomas Allen, Miss Minnie Hunt, Miss Ella Miller, Miss Rena Chappell, Miss Kate Boyer, Miss Ida Kirk, Miss Rosa Boyer, Miss Clara Jones, Miss Estelle Smith, Miss Marie Pratt, Miss Ivene Candy and Miss Barbara Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Leuders will chaperone the party. A good chef has been engaged for the outing. The campers will remain at the harbor for two weeks camping, fishing, bathing and climbing over the hills. Ample means for amusement and entertainment were taken along, and it is sure that there will not be a dull minute during the whole two weeks.”


June 29, 1909 [SBI]: “A camping party left last night on the Gussie M, Captain C. Vasquez, for Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for a fortnight’s stay…”


July 8, 1909 [SBI]: “After an absence at Frye’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, a party of campers, headed by Frank J. Smith and his daughter, have returned to town. Mr. And Mrs. Frederick H. K. Luders chaperoned the young people. Thomas A. Allen, an English artist, and Professor Luders furnished amusement for the group. Fish and game were scarce and entertainment was found in rambling about or lying in the shade, enjoying the scene.”


July 27, 1909 [SBI]: “F. M. Whitney will be making his twentieth annual trip to Santa Cruz Island, when tomorrow he leaves for Frye’s Harbor with a party of friends which will consist of the following: Mr. And Mrs. Henley C. Booth and son, Mr. And Mrs. E. A. Diehl and son, Mr. And Mrs. L. F. Ruiz, Miss Marjorie Ruiz and H. P. Post. The party will be absent two weeks. Mr. Whitney has secured the first permit of the year from the Caire estate to camp on the island. Because of so many depredations being committed, restrictions have been adopted by the management of the estate and a system of patrol prevails.”


July 31, 1909 [SBI]: “After two weeks outing at Frye’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, Miss Edna Vandever has returned to her home in this city. Miss Vandever was one of a large party from Los Angeles.”


July 31, 1909 [SBMP]: “Miss Edna Vandever has returned from Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, where she has been encamped for the last two weeks with a party of friends from Los Angeles. One of the party was John Fredericks, formerly of this city. The excursion was very enjoyable, the time being spent in trips about the island to the various coves which are so indescribably beautiful and in climbing over the great peaks.”


July 9, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Vasquez sailed this afternoon in the Gussie M for the islands on a seal hunting expedition. He took over a camping party of 15 Los Angeles people. This party, organized by J. V. Fredericks, is the same one which has been here the past three summers. They will make Friar’s Harbor their headquarters for the next two weeks.”


July 13, 1910 [SBI]: “The yawl Diana, which arrived here Monday night from Long Beach, left for Santa Cruz Island last evening. On the boat were five Long Beach high school boys, Skipper Wilmott Long, Clem Nadu, Phil Bixby, Dick Bixby, Roy Roe and Frank Viaf. All of the boys are member s of the El Rio Yacht Club of Long Beach, and will probably be here again for the regatta. They made the trip to Friar’s Harbor in three hours, remarkably good time for a yacht. They will camp at this place the next ten days, and have volunteered to assist in the search for the body of Miss Isabel Pierce, who was drowned last Friday.”


July 13, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Vasquez, in the launch Gussie M, returned at noon from a seal hunting expedition to the Channel Islands. He brought with him Francis Flint and Heath Conant, who were left at Friar’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island Sunday to patrol the beach in search of the body of Miss Isabel Pierce, one of the victims of last Friday’s disaster on the island. The boys said they had thoroughly explored the shore and bay where the accident occurred. All that could be found were hats belonging to the members of the party who were capsized. Captain Short will leave tomorrow in the launch Charm and remain the rest of the week. He will cruise all about the island, making a very thorough search for the remains.”


July 18, 1910 [SBI]: “… A jolly party of local merchants with some visiting friends spent yesterday and last night at the islands cruising in the Gussie M. They left here at 5 o’clock yesterday morning and visited Frye’s Harbor and Ladies Harbor. The day was spent in fishing. Those in the party were F. W. Yates, Fred Pinkham, S. Pinkham, J. Brown, J. S. Reynolds, F. B. Reavis, Ed Blakeley, Mr. Carr, Mr. Irwin and Mr. Johnston.”


August 9, 1910 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cameron Rogers and family leave tomorrow for the days’ camping trip to Fry’s Harbor. Others in the party will be Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Lamb of Santa Ynez. Later they will be joined by Mrs. Reginald Frost and Elliott Rogers. They will cross the channel in the Charm with Captain Short.”


August 10, 1910 [SBI]: “Robert Cameron Rogers, F. M. Whitney and their families formed a camping party this morning for Fry’s Harbor on Captain Short’s boat, the Charm. The party sent their outfit over on the Charm Monday. They will do some trolling on the way over.”


August 19, 1909 [SBI]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez returned today from a three weeks’ seal-catching expedition on Santa Cruz Island, with three large seals for Belgium and New York zoos, and a party of Santa Barbara people who went along for the outing. In the party were Mr. And Mrs. E. A. Diehl, Mr. And Mrs. Louis Ruiz, Miss Marjorie Ruiz, and Mr. Whittemore of Santa Barbara and Mrs. Tullock of Miramar. The party had camped at Fry’s Harbor and keenly enjoyed every minute of the stay. Mr. Diehl assisted Captain Vasquez in capturing a large seal. Captain Vasquez will leave for the islands next week to fill an order for nine seals wanted for exhibition purposes in eastern cities.”


August 25, 1910 [LAH]: “San Pedro. August 24. Four yachts coming back from the Santa Barbara regatta had a rough time of it the first day out on their return home, according to tales of the crew on the Wasp, which arrived here late last night. The Minerva, Mah-pe, Siwash and Wasp put in at Fry’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island Saturday night, after a heavy wind had carried away the mainsail of the Minerva and played havoc with the other yachts. There was scarcely room in the cove for the four yachts, and when the Mah-pe came in she was driven on the beach by the heavy wind before her sails could be reefed. Her keel may be damaged, but not badly. The Genevieve and Mischief I did not put in at Fry’s Harbor, but continued to port. The Mischief got through without any mishap, but the Genevieve shipped a heavy sea and her compass, dory, steamer chairs and most everything else that was moveable were washed overboard and lost.”


August 25, 1910 [SBI]: “Paul Jeffries, skipper on the yacht Wasp, returned from the Santa Barbara races last night bringing a tale of thrilling experiences of the South Coast fleet on the return voyage. The Mah-po, Minerva, Siwash and Wasp started from Santa Barbara Saturday with the understanding that all were to anchor in Fry’s Harbor at Santa Cruz Island Saturday night and proceed to port Sunday. A heavy wind was blowing and when the Minerva arrived her mainsail was in tatters and some of the others were in little better shape. Fry’s Harbor is a small cove and there was scarcely more than room for the four yachts. When the Mah-po came in she had all sails set and before they could be reefed she was driven on the beach. It is not believed that she was seriously damaged. The Genevieve did not put in at Fry’s Harbor, but continued direct to port, making the run in 16 hours…”


September 27, 1910 [SBMP]: “The members of the naval militia enjoyed their island trip Sunday, having a barbecue at Fry’s Harbor, and catching a number of albacore and other fish. The trip was made to facilitate the operations of the fishermen.”


July 6, 1911 [SBMP]: “Next week another large party will go into camp at Fry's Harbor, headed by Commodore Frank Garbutt, owner of the famous yacht, Skidbladnir.”


July 28, 1911 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Ruiz, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Greenwell, and Mr. Tullock of Pasadena, expect to leave today on the Santa Cruz Island boat for Fry’s Harbor, where they will camp for a few weeks, as guests of the Caire estate, owners of the island.”


August 20, 1911 [SBMP]: “Island Party Returns. Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Ruiz, Miss Ruiz, Arthur Greenwell and other members of a party that has spent three delightful weeks at Fry's harbor, Santa Cruz Island, have returned. They crossed the channel yesterday with Captain Rosaline Vasquez on the Gussie M. A comparatively smooth passage was reported, although Captain Vasquez states that earlier in the week a heavy ground swell was running. The Gussie M will take a party of Los Angeles people to the island Monday, for a camping trip.”


October 3, 1911 [SBMP]: “A party of local people going to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, Saturday, expecting to return Sunday afternoon, delayed the homeward passage until Monday morning, on account of the blow outside. They reached here yesterday in the early hours on the Charm.”


February 25, 1912 [SBMP]: “After having been camped a month at Fry’s Harbor seeking to fill an order of 23 seals, Captain Vasquez of the Gussie M arrived here yesterday for supplies. The sea has been so rough that it has been impossible to even hunt. The Captain will return there within a day or two to resume the effort. Crossing the channel the Gussie M lost a blade off her propeller, but was able to make port with an improvised sail.”


April 7, 1912 [SBMP]: “Harpooning whales new sport in the channel is now inaugurated. John Borden, John Towne and Harry Scott will leave today on a most novel hunting trip. With a harpoon gun they expect to get something in the whale or shark line. The trio will operate about Santa Cruz Island where they intend to spend a couple months camping. Mr. Borden recently procured a harpoon gun such as is now used in whaling. The gun, which has a two inch bore and fires a harpoon about five feet long, has been mounted on the bow of the Gussie M, Captain Vasquez in command... The start will be made at 3 o’clock this afternoon, the party first going to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, where they will establish camp. Several ladies will accompany the valiant hunters, and will remain in camp while the big sport is on.”


April 11, 1912 [SBMP]: “Whale hunters driven from camp by rain. John Borden and his friends returned yesterday afternoon from Santa Cruz Island where they had been camping since Sunday. They were driven home by the continued rain which made camp life [at Fry’s Harbor] not quite so comfortable as it would have been under drier conditions...”


June 21, 1912 [SBMP]: “The Gussie M, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, leaves early this morning with a party of Arlington guests on a two days trip around Santa Cruz Island. The nights will be spent at Fry’s Harbor.”


July 14, 1912 [SBMP]: “A party of 15 young men from Los Angeles, mostly attaches of the First National Bank of that city, will leave here on Monday on the Charm, Captain Short, to go to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for a two or three weeks’ camp. Last evening the Charm left for the islands with a party of local people who will return this evening.”


July 24, 1912 [SBMP]: “Many parties camping on Santa Cruz and Anacapa during summer… Attorney Overton, whose trim little yacht, the Owl, has been seen in Santa Barbara a number of times recently, has a party of Los Angeles friends at Fry’s Harbor…”


August 6, 1912 [SBMP]: “A merry party embarked on the launch Charm for Santa Cruz Island Saturday evening, returning the following evening. The party reached Fry’s Harbor about midnight, and proceeded to roll into their blankets spread upon the sand. The excursionists reported a good time and had a splendid catch of rock cod…”


August 13, 1912 [SBMP]: “Louis F. Ruiz and family with a party of friends are camping at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island.”


August 13, 1912 [SBMP]: “Island party safely returns as relatives become alarmed. Disabled engine causes Charm to wait at Valdez for a tow… Knowing that something was wrong, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, accompanied by Nathan Bents and C. A. Edwards and others left for the island yesterday on the Gussie M. They arrived at Cueva Valdez at 3 o’clock, a short time before a row boat arrived from Fry’s Harbor with provisions… When it appeared probably in the afternoon that another night would be passed on the island, Raymond Short, Captain Short’s son, and Clarence McDansions went to Fry’s Harbor for provisions, but returned when the Gussie M appeared…”


August 14, 1912 [SBMP]: “Worrying because they knew others were worrying about them somewhat spoiled a Robinson Crusoe-like experience of twenty-four persons who were compelled to pass an extra twenty-four hours on Santa Cruz Island as a result of a cog wheel breaking on the engine of the launch Charm… Knowing something had gone wrong, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, accompanied by Nathan Bentz and C. A. Edwards and others left for the islands yesterday noon on the Gussie M. They arrived at Cueva Valdez at 3 o’clock, a short time before a row boat arrived from Fry’s Harbor with provisions… With the Charm in tow, the Gussie M started for the mainland at 4 o’clock, arriving here at 10 o’clock… Captain Short had provided a large supply of French bread, but when delicacies were run out of yesterday, the stranded passengers gathered mussels and a fine chowder was prepared…”


In 1913, Ira Eaton “heard in town that a man named Garbutt had gotten the concession rights to Santa Cruz Island from the Caire family and was going to build a big hotel at Fry’s Harbor later on. For the present, tents were put up to accommodate the crowds.” [Eaton 1980: 123, 215, 190].


1913: Captain Rosaline Vasquez placed a full-page advertisement in a locally printed book, announcing: “The Tent City, Santa Cruz Island. The Otter. At the beautiful Friar's (Frye's Harbor). With tents to sleep in; with board floors; beds and bedding of the best and the cleanest. Amid venerable oaks, beside a running brook, on the seashore. Table supplied with the best of material, always well cooked. Rates $2.50/day. The round trip made in 2 1/2 hours, each way; on a strong, fast boat captained by one of the best sailors on the Pacific Coast, Captain Vasquez, keen of eye, always one ahead of the next thing that COULD happen. The Otter may be chartered for moonlight excursions, for fishing parties, or for cruising amid the lovely Channel Islands. Information at 730 State Street. Home telephone 51.” [Advertisement in Monograph on the Old Franciscan Mission, Pacific Coast Publishing Company, 1913].


January 2, 1913 [SBMP]: “Fisherman sends bullet into head while in camp. Suicide of George Tappan reported from Santa Cruz Island. Reaction from an over-exuberant celebration of the Christmas season is given as the cause of the reported suicide of George Tappan, a craw-fisherman, aged 26, who is said to have shot himself through the head with a 22 special, at his camp in Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, Tuesday evening, at 5:30 o’clock. There were four others in the camp at the time when Tappan went into the tent and put a bullet into his brain. The shot entered the right temple and came out the left ear. News of the suicide was brought early yesterday morning by Joe Morales, one of the fishermen of the same camp, and a companion, who left the island at 7 o’clock Tuesday evening in the little launch Tripoli, and after a rough passage reached Santa Barbara shortly after one o’clock. Coroner A. M. Ruiz was notified at 6 A.M., but on account of the rough weather, return to the camp will not be undertaken until early morning.


January 7, 1913 [SBMP]: “Permanent camp for summer at Fry’s Harbor. Captain R. Vasquez has obtained from the owners of Santa Cruz Island, exclusive privileges for camping during the summer, and it is his intention to establish a permanent camp at Fry’s Harbor, with tents and other conveniences which will be rented at stipulated prices. Captain Vasquez will bring a new powerboat here from San Pedro within a few weeks, which he says will be quite the finest thing in the channel. It will be devoted to taking passengers to and from the camp at Fry’s Harbor. The new boat will be over 41 feet in length and will have 35-horse-power Imperial engines.”


May 8, 1913 [SBMP]: “Christian Bayer, the wild man of Santa Cruz Island, returned yesterday in the Tripoli from Fry's Harbor...”  » Wild Man of Santa Cruz Island


May 14, 1913 [SBMP]: “The first step toward making Santa Cruz Island the Catalina of Santa Barbara has been taken by Frank Garbutt of Los Angeles and captain Rosaline Vasquez. Mr. Garbutt has built a gasoline yacht, Otter, for regular service between Santa Barbara and the island, and she is now in the channel under the command of Captain Vasquez. Concession rights for the establishment of a camp hotel on the island have been obtained from the Caire family of San Francisco, owners of the island, and the work of putting up the tents and making a resort at the hotel site will be started immediately. When it is done, the Otter will be put on a regular schedule to carry parties to and from the island. It means that the beautiful island on the other side of the channel, with its fine harbors, good fishing and hunt water will be made accessible to the general public. With the exploitation of the island, the men behind the project believe Santa Cruz will be to Santa Barbara and its tourists what Catalina is to Los Angeles. The Otter is a substantial, seaworthy craft 52-feet in length and with a passenger capacity of fifty, and she is driven by a 55-horse-power, six-cylinder engine and has a speed of ten miles an hour. It is planned to make the trip to the island in two hours and a half. The Otter has sleeping accommodations for fifteen and is fitted with men’s and women’s cabins. She was designed particularly for this service by Matt J. Walsh and built by Fulton and Woodley of San Pedro.”


May 15, 1913 [SBMP]: “Garbutt’s new boat proves a boon to those who love the channel. The island camp to be established at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz, will be ready for business May 24. The Otter, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, will then make daily trips. The passage can be easily made in two hours. Yesterday the Otter was out on the channel with a party including Mrs. Brackenridge, Gaud, Chrisholm, Duffy, McComber and others, and all were greatly pleased with the experience.”


May 20, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez will leave today in his new power yacht Otter for Santa Cruz Island to establish the summer camp which he will maintain at Fry’s Harbor. The equipment has just been received. Sunday he brought over eight seals for H. A. Rogers.”


May 21, 1913 [SBDN]: “Santa Barbarans and tourists visiting here, who desire to make the trip to the beautiful Santa Cruz Island now have the opportunity. Captain Vasquez, who recently brought the steam launch Otter to Santa Barbara for service between this city and the island, has installed a camp hotel at Frye’s Harbor and is ready to accommodate a considerable number of visitors at the hotel. More tents arrived today and Captain Vasquez will have them up in a few days. The site of the camp hotel is ideal, with plenty of fresh running water nearby. Those who wish to make the trip to the island can make arrangement at the local Santa Fe office. As soon as he has his entire camp up and when the business warrants it, Captain Vasquez intends to run the Otter on a regular schedule to and from the island.”


May 25, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Vasquez of the steamer Otter will take a party of Los Angeles people to his tent city camp on Santa Cruz Island this morning. His party includes Big Otto, the manager of Selig Motion Pictures, Animal Farm of Eastlake Park, Los Angeles, also Lazard H. Lippman and son of Los Angeles. They will remain on the island camping for a week or more.”


June 10, 1913 [SBMP]: “Nearly fifty persons were aboard the yacht Otter as it crossed the channel Sunday. The day was spent fishing and enjoying all of the pleasures afforded by ‘Camp Vasquez’ at Fry’s Harbor. The real feature of the day was the exceptionally large and excellent dinner and clambake. The boat returned in the evening and no sickness or discomfort was felt by any of the party during the entire cruise. Captain Vasquez will leave this morning with a number of teachers and students of the Gamble School for a three day outing on the island.”


June 13, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captains Henry Short and Ira Eaton are about to establish a new camp at Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, for the summer months. Tents, meals and other necessities of camp life will be provided. Pleasure seekers will be conveyed to the island in the two launches, the Charm and the Gussie M. Captain Vasquez some time ago established a camp hotel at Fry’s Harbor, and has been taking parties over to the island regularly on the launch, Otter.”


June 13, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Vasquez will run a special excursion to Santa Cruz Island Sunday in his new boat, the Otter, which it is expected will be taken advantage of by a large number of pleasure seekers. The excursionists will take in the marine garden, the painted cave, seal rocks, and submarine caves and other points of special interest about the island. The dinner served on the island at Fry’s Harbor will be a typical seafood dinner of fish, abalone and mussels.”


June 14, 1913 [SBMP]: “Many Santa Barbarans are planning to enjoy the trip to Santa Cruz Island in the Otter, for which excursion many tempting offers are given in addition to the trip. ‘Camp Vasquez’ is gaining popularity very rapidly with its visitors, and by mid-summer it is expected to have developed into quite a city. The dinners, which are included in the Sunday excursion of the Otter, are another very agreeable feature of the day’s outing.”


June 17, 1913 [SBMP]: “The power yacht Otter today will take a quantity of lumber to Camp Vasquez at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, to be used as flooring for tents.”


July 4, 1913 [OC]: “Abalone season on plentiful supply… The abalone season opens today and fishermen are preparing to bring in large hauls of this shellfish. The abalone will abound this season in different nests about the island, known to experienced fishers, and the camps at Pelican Bay and Frye’s Harbor will be ready to serve this delicacy to their patrons in large quantities.”


July 7, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Vasquez left last night with his launch, the Otter, for San Pedro. The launch will be repainted and overhauled within a few days, and be returned the latter part of this week. The boat made its regular Sunday excursion trip to the islands yesterday, taking over a large crowd to Fry’s Harbor, where dinner was served to the company.”


July 11, 1913 [SBMP]: “Miss Isabel Pierce and Thomas Del Valle of island camping party drown when boat capsizes. Sobered by the first marine tragedy in many years, Santa Barbara talked of little else than the drowning on Friday of Miss Isabel Pierce, 16, daughter of A.M. Pierce, 1629 Garden Street, and of Thomas Del Valle, 19, son of Henry Del Valle, 25 East Ortega Street, who perished after a long struggle in the channel waters on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island Friday morning… Captain Henry Short returned from the island yesterday afternoon with those of the party who remained in camp at Quava [Cueva] Valdez, after Rosaline Vasquez left for the mainland Saturday night with Del Valle’s body and the first news of the tragedy…The party went to the island a week ago Saturday and pitched their tents at Quava Valdez, or Valdez Cave, on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island and about a mile west of Frye’s Harbor… On Friday morning Mrs. Whitcomb, Miss Whitcomb, Eugene Whitcomb, Miss Lober, Miss Isabel Pierce, James Clark, Thomas Del Valle and Mrs. White left in a flat-bottomed otter boat for Frye’s Harbor, intending to row down the coast… The boat was about half a mile east of the camp and nearly one mile from shore when without warning from what seemed a smooth sea, a large roller crested just as it hit the boat and broke over the gunwale, filling the boat almost full of water and creating an instant panic among most of those on board. Several of the occupants at once jumped into the water and the boat capsized, throwing all of the party into the ocean…”


July 13, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Gussie M, Ira Eaton, sailed at 1 A.M. today for Pelican Bay, with a small party. The Otter, Captain Vasquez, will sail today for Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, with a party of tourists.”


July 19, 1913 [SBDN]: “When the launch Otter failed to return to Santa Barbara last night with Lewis Bradbury of Montecito and a party of his friends from Los Angeles, who went to the island for a day’s fishing expedition, friends of Mr. Bradbury at Montecito became alarmed over the safety of the party and late last night employed the launch Gussie M to make a trip to the islands to find out what had happened. The Gussie M left shortly after midnight, found that all members of the party were safe, and had spent the night at Friar’s Camp. Their return had been delayed by engine trouble on the Otter. The Otter came back about noon, sailing over. It was a rough voyage, and most of the members of the party became seasick. The mishap to the Otter caused a great disappointment to a party of forty or more State Normal School students and instructors, who had chartered the boat for a trip to the islands today. For over an hour this morning the Normal students waited patiently at the wharf for the Otter to put in an appearance, but when the boat did not come the party disbanded and gave up its excursion.”


July 20, 1913 [SBMP]: “There was a general mix-up yesterday in the island excursion, due to engine trouble with the Otter. The Otter got along well enough, but resorted to sails and that is slower than gasoline. She had aboard the Louis Bradbury party from Montecito and Los Angeles, and it was expected that she would return Saturday afternoon or evening. When the Otter failed to appear, the Gussie M was dispatched to ascertain the cause, but through some misunderstanding, failed to connect. The Otter finally sailed from Fry’s Harbor yesterday morning, and reached her anchorage here at 2 P.M. Meanwhile a group of Normal School girls camped on the wharf from early morning, expecting to take passage on the Otter for the islands. They finally abandoned the trip.”


July 22, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Batchelder—Brackenridge party expects to leave for Fry’s Harbor today on the Otter for a camping trip.”


July 27, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Santa Cruz Island camps have become very popular, and boats cross daily. At the Vasquez camp at Fry’s Harbor, there is a compliment of four employees always on duty for the accommodation of the crowds, they being chef, waiter, guide and boatman. The Otter, the Vasquez boat, has made one or two trips from the mainland to island daily for the past two weeks… The trip to Santa Cruz Island can be made very comfortable in two and a half hours in the Otter, which is a staunch, well-built boat, and adequate for all the immediate business. The round-trip fare is $2 and chartered by the day $30. It takes about seven hours to make complete circles of the island, which would leave considerable time for trolling in a day’s trip… The camp on the island as yet is hardly comfortable enough for tourists who expect the comfort that they can get at Catalina. The tents are small, new, board-floored and clean. The dining room is outdoors, under the trees, and pleasant, but the cooking is of the ordinary camping character. It is located at Fry’s Harbor with a picturesque, small, well-watered bay, fine oaks in a narrow canyon and a running stream of cold clear water…”


July 28, 1913 [SBDN]: “The power boar Otter left for Fry’s Harbor today with a party of pleasure seekers.”


July 28, 1913 [SBDN]: “Forty-odd people went to Friar’s Harbor on the Otter yesterday and spent a pleasant day in fishing, feasting and other pastimes that make the island visit a delight.”


August 7, 1913 [SBDN]: “Frank A. Garbutt of Los Angeles, owner of the Otter, the local launch run by Captain Vasquez, is at Friar’s Harbor at Santa Cruz Island with his handsome yacht the Skidbladnir. Mr. Garbutt has been in the custom of visiting the Channel Islands every summer, dividing his time between cruising around them and visiting Santa Barbara. He will probably sail over to the city within a few days.”


August 16, 1913 [SBDN]: “Mr. and Mrs. Windsor Soule, Mrs. Soule’s father, Lockwood de Forest, and a party of about fifteen left this morning for Friar’s Harbor on the launch Otter. The company will spend Sunday on the island and will return early Monday morning to this city. Captain Gourley will take campers on a fishing expedition near the islands today. Sunday, Captain Vasquez will take over a large party of excursionists, including a number of delegates to the electrical convention at the Potter Hotel.”


August 19, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Vasquez took a party of 14 carpenter people to the camp at Fry’s Harbor Sunday. They will remain there a week. Several other parties are camping at the island. The yachts Skidbladnir and Seafarer were both anchored in Fry’s Harbor yesterday.”


September 6, 1913 [SBMP]: “The first company returned yesterday afternoon from a two days’ trip to Santa Cruz Island, where a Calamity Anne picture was taken, under the direction of Lorimer Johnston. The company operated from Fry’s Harbor. Roy Overbough secured some unusual seal pictures at the rookeries which will be introduced in this photoplay… The trip was made in the Otter and nearly all of the folks proved good sailors.”


December 6, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Vasquez will open the camping season at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, April 1st. The island will be more popular than ever. A San Pedro school with sixty boys, will camp at Fry’s during June.”


April 3, 1914 [SBMP]:Otter to be given spring overhauling… Tonight Captain Vasquez is taking his powerboat, the Otter, to San Pedro to give her a new dress of paint and otherwise fit her for the opening of the new season at his camp at Fry's Harbor, which is set for the 15th inst. The captain is making arrangements for a material increase in facilities for taking care of island visitors. He will bring from San Pedro two small powerboats to serve as auxiliaries to the Otter in carrying passengers out on fishing trips and to and from the many beautiful spots on the island shore. These boats will accommodate about eight passengers and will make a speed of eight knots an hour. They will be about 27 feet in length and with six-foot beam.”


April 21, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez, who went to Fry’s Harbor in the Otter yesterday, took along a lot of equipment for his camp, with the men to install it. He says that his camp will be of fully double the capacity of last years, and that it will be improved in several important features. George Nidever is to have charge of the camp this year. As soon as Captain Vasquez gets the camp plans started, he will set out for the island caves in the hunt for seals, he having an order for ten.”


April 24, 1914 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Rosaline Vasquez will take to his Fry’s Harbor camp in the Otter with 25 boys from the Miramar School, accompanied by two of their teachers, for a two-day frolic on the island…”


April 20, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain George Nidever, former commander of the power schooner Santa Cruz, will be in charge of the resort at Fry’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island this summer. This morning Captain Vasquez retained Captain Nidever for the position, and he sailed with the Otter for the island, carrying the final cargo of camping equipment. Captain Vasquez has now opened the camp for the summer. He expects a big patronage, having popularized the camp last summer as never before. A large number of Los Angeles and Pasadena people have already made reservations for June, July and August.”


May 27, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez, in from the islands yesterday, reports great improvements in his camp at Fry’s Harbor. He says the camp facilities are about to double what they were last summer, and in better shape in every particular. The captain declares that the outlook for the island excursions and camping parties was never so good as it is for the coming summer.”


June 15, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The Otter came in from Santa Cruz Island this morning with a party of Summerland oil men and their families, who have been spending two weeks at Fry’s camp. They report the island never more beautiful and their stay one long enjoyment. Tomorrow the Otter takes to the camp a party of Los Angeles people, and will sail from the camp after several seals specially ordered by a London trainer.”


July 12, 1914 [SBMP]: “Two excursions will go to Santa Cruz Island this morning, the Sea Wolf taking one of them to Pelican Bay and the Otter the other to Fry’s Harbor. The former party will contain a number of people who are to camp on the island for several days.”


July 14, 1914 [SBMP]: “A camping party led by Mrs. Figg-Hoblyn and Miss Selwyn, went to Fry’s Harbor in the Otter for a camping out at that beautiful spot for a week or ten days.”


August 5, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The launch Otter sailed to Santa Cruz Island this morning with a big party of campers of Captain Vasquez camp at Fry’s Harbor.”


August 11, 1914 [SBMP]: “Mr. And Mrs. Louis F. Ruiz and their daughter, Miss Marjorie, Mr. And Mrs. Edward A. Diehl and Miss Anita Thompson left in the Otter yesterday for Fry’s Harbor, where they will camp for ten days. These men are famous island campers, and they have for years regularly spent their summer vacations with their families on Santa Cruz Island. They have the most complete camping outfit known in this region, and what they do not know about fishing, and enjoying the island joys is not very well worth worrying over.”


August 11, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Their annual camp on the Santa Cruz Island was commenced yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Ruiz, Miss Marjorie Ruiz, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Diehl and Miss Anita Thompson. They sailed from here yesterday for Fry’s Harbor.”


August 11, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Santa Cruz Island was the objective point yesterday of a party of campers who left on the Otter for a ten days’ outing at Fry’s Harbor. Mr. And Mrs. Louis F. Ruiz, Miss Marjorie Ruiz, Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Diehl and Miss Anita Thompson made up the party.”


August 16, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Vasquez took a party of campers to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, yesterday morning in the Otter.”


August 16, 1914 [LAT]: “Coast Yacht Club, Friar’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. August 12. With eleven yachts and some sixty-off yachtsmen aboard, anchored at this little harbor, the summer cruise of the South Coast Yacht Club proved a big success…”


August 17, 1914 [SBMP]: “A party of fifteen went to Fry’s Harbor in the Otter yesterday morning, and had a delightful day at that beautiful island resort, returning to the mainland in the evening.”


August 18, 1914 [SBMP]: “The fifteen craft of the Coast Yacht Club are still reported to be at Fry’s Harbor where they are enjoying a most unusual island outing. The yachts all raced up from Los Angeles several days ago and since then the members of the party have been enjoying the many sports the island provides.”


September 2, 1914 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter returned this morning from Santa Cruz Island, wither she took a small party of campers the day before for an outing at Fry’s Harbor for a few days.”


September 15, 1914 [SBMP]: “Last Sunday morning Captain Valdez took a party numbering 25 to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. Most of the excursionists returned to the mainland in the evening, after having had a fine day’s pleasure on the island, and a few of them remained to camp at that beautiful spot for ten days or two weeks.”


September 20, 1914 [SBMP]: “Last Sunday Mrs. F. N. Gehl and her daughter and Miss Gladys Moley went in the Otter to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for a short stay in camp. They are expected to return to the mainland this evening.”


December 28, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Following the theft of two five-gallon demi-johns of wine and a box of cartridges from the fishing boat Eagle, of the Larco Fish Company, late Saturday night, and several other recent attempts at theft, also the killing by unknown parties of several sheep for food on Santa Cruz Island, rumors are in circulation here today that a mysterious band of pirates, using a powerboat, have established headquarters at Friars’ Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, and are using the island as a rendezvous from which to carry on their nefarious trade. The rumors come from various reliable sources, and people in touch with the movement of vessels in and out from ports in this vicinity. The pirates are said to be youths, and to have started their practical career in the last week, using a powerboat either rented or stolen from ship owners in San Pedro or Long Beach. The theft of the wine and cartridges from the fishing boat Eagle Saturday night has served to concentrate attention on the depredations of the alleged pirates, and the fact that a government official has been investigating the rumors for the last several days lends strength to the belief that important developments will soon be made. Friars’ Harbor is an inaccessible spot except by boat. It is several miles from the Santa Cruz Island Company’s wharf and offices, so that the sheep which roam the island could be killed for food without the company finding it out for some time.”


May 8, 1915 [SCICo]: “Mr. B[ernard] Hiblings [Hilbing]. Santa Barbara, Cal. Dear Sir, Here below we mention the conditions under which we can rent you the camping privileges of Fry’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, since R. Vasquez has failed to pay and rent and has no more rights at that place. For the next six months on pay rent of a monthly rental of Five Dollars ($5.00). You will have exclusive rights at that place mentioned, of establishing a camp for entertaining visitors; after that time we will discuss the terms under which the privilege may be extended. We will insist upon a strict compliance with the following rules:

  • no cutting down of trees or carrying away of ferns or other plants;
  • no Indian relics to be taken away;
  • no fire arms to be discharged on the island;
  • no damage or change of any kind to be allowed.

This contract is made with you personally and even if you are supported by Mr. Garbutt, we will not consider him as having any rights other than those which we are giving you. All permanent improvements to remain our property at the expiration of the contract. By paying the first month’s rent now, you will be considered as having accepted the proposition made by us. Yours truly, The Santa Cruz Island Company, A. J. Caire.”


May 11, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The summer excursion season from this city to Santa Cruz Island will be opened May 23, when the powerboat Otter will begin its Sunday trips to Friar’s Harbor, making the round trip in one day, and allowing several hours to be passed on the island, far-famed the world over for its natural beauty. Bill Hilbing, business agent for the Otter, said today a round-trip rate of $2 will prevail throughout the summer, which is considerably less than the rate charged between Los Angeles and Catalina Island, practically the same distance.”


May 12, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Camping parties for Santa Cruz Island planned. Otter will carry first crowd of season tomorrow from Carpinteria… Friday afternoon a good-sized party of Normal School students, both men and women, numbering 35 persons, will make the trip to Fry’s Harbor…”


May 13, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will be a busy craft for the latter part of this week... Friday morning a party of about twenty-five students of the State Normal School will go over to Fry’s Harbor on the Otter, and will have the use of the boat for that day and the next for cruises around the island and the wreck of the Aggi, off the northwest coast of Santa Rosa Island. The Pelican Bay party will be brought home by the boat Sunday forenoon, and the busy craft will then return to Fry’s Harbor for the campers who are there, and who will arrive home on the mainland some time that night.”


May 23, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will take Manager Hilbing and a party he has organized for a trip to Fry’s Harbor today, returning this evening.”


May 24, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A merry party of 34 men and women, including a number of tourists, yesterday took advantage of the first summer excursion of the season, to visit Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, in the powerboat Otter. The run was made in two hours and three quarters…”


May 25, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter took a merry party of thirty people to Fry’s Harbor last Saturday, starting at 8 A.M., and returning home about 8:30 in the evening. The excursionists reported a very enjoyable time at the beautiful island resort.”


May 26, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will go to Fry’s Harbor today with a crew to establish a camp there for the summer. There will be a complete outfit of tents, well furnished, and all of the facilities of camp life at its best. Manager Hilbing will provide accommodations at once for twenty-five people, and increased the capacity as may be needed. The next party to go to the island by the Otter will be a company of twenty-five members of the Flying A, who will go over next Saturday night, returning the following night. An excursion party will also make the trip next Sunday morning, returning to the mainland in the evening.”


May 28, 1915 [SBMP]: “Bernard Hilbing, manager of the powerboat Otter, returned yesterday from Fry’s Harbor, where he had taken a crew of men the day before to establish a camp for accommodation of pleasure parties visiting the island. Mr. Hilbing said that by tonight arrangements will be complete for the comfortable entertainment of fifteen people at the camp, and that increased facilities will be supplied as fast as needed. The Otter is chartered for numerous island excursions for the near future.”


May 28, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A summer camp, with facilities for housing and feeding 15 people, has been established at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, by Bernard Hilbing, business agent of the Otter, who has just returned from the island, after passing several days arranging the camp. The Otter will make regular Sunday excursions to the beautiful island all summer, and on week days, will be free for charter purposes by special parties.”


May 31, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Carrying a party of 20 excursionists to Santa Cruz Island, the powerboat Otter left today in charge of Captain R. Vasquez, to explore the beauty of the isle, Fry’s Harbor, Painted Cave, Cueva Valdez, Seal Rocks, and other points of interest were visited.”


June 1, 1915 [SBMP]: “A party of fifteen people went to Fry’s Harbor last Sunday morning and returned to the mainland in the evening, after a very pleasant time at this popular island resort.”


June 1, 1915 [SBDNI]: “In order to make use of the island’s unsurpassed scenery as backgrounds for a photoplay, the Kalem Film Company of Los Angeles, today made arrangements with B. Hilbing, business agent of the powerboat Otter, to take a party of motion picture artists to Santa Cruz Island a week from today. The movie people will make the newly-established camp at Fry’s Harbor their headquarters.”


June 6, 1915 [SBMP]: “R. J. Teik, assistant room clerk, and A. B. Ray, bellboy of the Potter Hotel, and H. Grear of the Arlington bellboys, go to Fry’s Harbor on the Otter this morning for a week in camp on the island.”


June 7, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A party of hotel bellmen is enjoying a week’s outing at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, this week. Those leaving here yesterday on the trip are Bob Telk, assistant room clerk; A. B. Ray, bellman; both of the Potter; and H. Grear, Arlington bellman.”


June 23, 1915 [SBDNI]: “One of the biggest parties taken over in the Otter this season, will leave here Saturday evening at 6:30 for Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for the weekend, staying there until Sunday night. Those going number about 35, and are members of the big Flying A ‘family.’ The party includes actors and actresses, directors and their wives, and other employees of the American Film Company’s Santa Barbara plant. Business agent B. Hilbing of the Otter reports business brisk, and indications that this summer will set a new record for excursions to the beautiful Channel Islands.”


June 26, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Thirty-five American Film Company employees will leave tonight at 6:30 o’clock for Santa Cruz Island to spend Sunday at Fry’s Harbor and return here Sunday night. The party is made up of employees from all departments of the big film company. Business manager B. Hilbing of the Otter, in which the motion picture workers will make the trip, is arranging special entertainment for the big party in the way of a feast at the camps and tours about the island.”


June 27, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will take a party of excursionists to Fry’s Harbor this morning to spend the day there and return to the mainland this evening.”


June 30, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The remainder of this week and the rest of next will keep Captain R. Vasquez and business agent B. Hilbing of the Otter more than busy, so that they will not have much time to observe July 4th. Friday night the Otter will carry a big party of Normal School students, men and women, numbering 40 persons, from this city to Valdez Harbor, leaving here at 12:30 P.M. Friday, and returning here early Tuesday morning in time for them to resume their day. Saturday evening a good-sized party will board the boat for the islands, a portion of the voyagers having Fry’s Harbor as their destination, and the remainder going to Ladies’ Harbor. The Fry’s Harbor party will return Sunday, and the others the following day. Sunday morning the Otter will cross the Channel again, leaving Stearn’s Wharf at 8 o’clock, carrying another sizable party across to the magic isle, and bringing part of them back Sunday evening. The rest will camp out until Monday evening.”


July 2, 1915 [OC]: “There were only a few passengers for the Otter on its trip from Hueneme to Santa Cruz Island, and because there were so few the boat did not return to Hueneme, but went to Santa Barbara instead, the passengers being refunded money for their railroad fare. Having been advertised to make the trip, however, it was made as scheduled. Those who went had a most delightful time, witnessing and taking part in a big barbecue at Fry’s Harbor, given in honor of 45 members of the Flying A motion picture company, who returned to Santa Barbara with the Hueneme passengers.”


July 3, 1915 [SBMP]: “Carrying a party of 25 excursionists to Santa Cruz Island, the powerboat Otter will leave Stearn’s Wharf at 7 o’clock this evening for a Fourth of July excursion across the channel. The passengers will be taken to three of the island's most picturesque camping sites, Fry's Harbor, Ladies' Harbor and Valdez Cave. Some of the campers will return tomorrow night, while the others will remain on the mystic isle until Monday afternoon. The Otter will lead the water pageant Monday night, towing a fleet of handsomely illuminated small water craft.”


July 3, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Carrying a party of 25 excursionists to Santa Cruz Island, the powerboat Otter will leave Stearn’s Wharf at 7 o’clock this evening, for a Fourth of July excursion across the channel. The passengers will be taken to three of the island’s most picturesque camping sites, Fry’s Harbor, Ladies Harbor, and Valdez Cave. Some of the campers will return tomorrow night, while the others will remain on the mystic isle until Monday afternoon. The Otter will lead the water pageant Monday night, towing a fleet of handsomely illuminated small water craft.”


July 11, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday the powerboat Otter took a small party of Montecito people to Fry's Harbor for the day, returning in the evening.”


July 20, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter took a party of thirty-five excursionists to Santa Cruz Island last Sunday morning. The Painted Cave was visited, after which the party went to Fry's Harbor, where the balance of the day was spent in inspecting the many charms of that beautiful island resort, the return to the mainland being made in the early evening hours.”


July 25, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter, Captain Vasquez, will take an excursion party of twenty people to Fry's Harbor this morning, leaving the commercial wharf at 8 o'clock and returning to the mainland in the evening.”


July 27, 1915 [SCICo]: “Mr. B. Hibling [Hilbing] c/o Santa Fe Office, Santa Barbara, Cal. Dear Sir: We do not see that you have paid the rent for June or for July, and we beg to call your attention to the fact that continuance of the privilege of establishing a camp at Fryes is continued upon prompt payment of the monthly rental. Kindly give this your immediate attention. By paying either at this office or to the Superintendent at the Island you will greatly oblige. Yours truly, The Santa Cruz Island Company, AJC.”


July 30, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter went to Fry’s Harbor yesterday morning with a dozen people who will return to the mainland tonight. The Otter came back last evening, and will take another party across the channel this morning. She has a party for tomorrow and the usual Sunday excursion for the following day.”


August 1, 1915 [SBMP]: The powerboat Otter will this morning make its usual Sunday excursion trip to Fry's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, returning in the evening.”


August 3, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning the Otter took a small party of campers to Fry’s Harbor.”


August 8, 1915 [SBMP]: “The power schooner Otter leaves this morning with a party of excursionists for the islands. Fry's Harbor and Cueva Valdez will be visited before returning. Additional excursions will be made Monday and Tuesday of this week.”


August 10, 1915 [SBMP]: “The power schooner Otter leaves this morning for Valdez Harbor with a party of 10 Santa Barbara people and five from Santa Paula. Another camping and fishing party leaves on the same boat for Fry's Harbor to stay two days.”


August 17, 1915 [SBMP]: “A merry party of campers who have been spending the past fortnight on Santa Cruz Island, returned home on Sunday morning. They left Smugglers Cove, landing at Fry's Harbor Saturday evening...”


August 21, 1915 [SBMP]: “Chicago party has fine outing… in the Otter, which Captain George W. Gourley had chartered for a four days’ expedition for the benefit of these men. The party camped at Fry’s Harbor and used a boat each day in visiting the different places of interest along the island shores and in fishing and cruising around in the channel waters…”


August 22, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter went to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, yesterday morning with a party of campers. She came back last night, and will make her regular Sunday trip to the island this morning.”


August 31, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter took a party of Miramar people to Fry’s Harbor last Sunday for a week of camping and fishing.”


August 28, 1915 [SCICo]: “Mr. B. Hibling [Hilbing] c/o Santa Fe Office, Santa Barbara, Cal. Dear Sir: We have not heard of you paying rent for your camp at Fry’s Harbor for the months of June, July and August. We are surprised at not hearing either from you or from the Superintendent in regard to the same. You must understand distinctly that unless you pay this rent promptly we will close your resort and prevent you from carrying it on any longer. We wrote you once about this matter and did not receive a reply and we will call your particular attention to it as we will not allow this matter to run any longer. Please let us know at once if you intend to carry on the business as agreed between us as we have other parties applying for the same privilege and see no reason why we should continue under the present plan which is not satisfactory at all. Yours truly, The Santa Cruz Island Company, AJC.”


September 2, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will go to the islands with a fishing party tomorrow morning, and the following night will take a number of people to Fry’s Harbor for a week of camping. The boat will return in time to take over the usual Sunday excursion party to its island harbor.”


September 12, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will today make its regular Sunday excursion to Fry’s Harbor, leaving at 8 o’clock A.M. and returning to the mainland this evening.”


September 14, 1915 [SBMP]: “Last Sunday the Otter took a party of sixteen people to Fry’s Harbor for the day. All had a fine time on the island. The Sea Wolf took over a small party of campers, who will put in a few days at beautiful Pelican Bay.”


September 23, 1915 [SCICo]: “Mr. B. Hilbing. Dear Sir: We are still waiting for the advices to the effect that you have paid the rent due to date and as we have not heard either from you or from the Superintendent, we beg to give you notice that at the end of the month we will instruct the Superintendent to close your camp and prevent any other parties at Frye’s Harbor after the 30th. We will also notify the public that the resort is no longer in your hands, and after this we will make arrangements with other people who are more careful and reliable in carrying out their agreement. Yours truly, The Santa Cruz Island Company per A.J.C. [Arthur J. Caire]”


September 24, 1915 [SCICo]: “…As Mr. Hilbing has not paid the rent for June, July, August, or September we notified him that if the payment has not been made by September 30, we will take away from him the privileges of the camp, and you will go over on the first of October and notify his men to get out, and if they show any disposition to resist you will tell them that you will go and get the heriff to force them out as you have orders to that effect from San Francisco. We do not like the way this man has treated us and we think he is a very unreliable individual.” [A.J.Caire]


October 8, 1915 [SBMP]: “Tomorrow morning a happy company of the members of the junior college class of the local high school will go to Fry’s Harbor in the powerboat Otter to spend the day in the enjoyment of the island charms. The party will number about twenty.”


October 8, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The members of the Junior College class of the high school have arranged a trip to the islands aboard the Otter tomorrow morning. There will be about 20 of the class in the party. They will land on the island at Fry’s Harbor.”


June 30, 1915 [SBDI]: “W. T. Hawkins, a wealthy New York machine manufacturer, left today on the Otter with two friends, for a week’s stay at Fry’s Harbor.”


April 15, 1916 [SBMP]: “A party of 40 headed by William Hazard heaves this evening with a voyage to Santa Cruz Island in the Sea Wolf. The party will camp at Fry's Harbor and return to the mainland tomorrow evening.”


April 15, 1916 [SBMP]: “A jolly little party of the Junior College people, organized by Miss Mary Anderson and Alonzo Forbush, went to Fry's Harbor in the Sea Wolf last evening for a week's camping. Mrs. M.C. Minnick went as chaperone... The party is expected to return to the mainland next Saturday evening.”


April 25, 1916 [SBMP]: “Three get lost on Santa Cruz Island. Three days and nights spent living decidedly close to nature… They were members of the excursion organized by junior college students who went in the Sea Wolf on Friday of the week before last for a week’s camping at Fry’s Harbor… The captain’s [Eaton] vigil was finally rewarded in seeing the lost people on a high cliff near the shore three miles above Cueva Valdez, and fifteen miles from the camp of Fry’s…”


May 7, 1916 [SBMP]: “This morning a party of 35 men led by Fred R. Hamilton and E.J. Gourley, will go to Fry's Harbor in the Sea Wolf for a day at that beautiful island harbor.”


May 7, 1916 [SBMP]: “Alex Carrese of San Francisco has, through an arrangement with Captain Ira K. Eaton, taken Fry's Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, for the season, and will furnish it completely as an island camp for fishermen and outing parties. He will put up a lot of tents, comfortably furnished, and for the benefit of those who do not want the trouble of cooking, he will operate a tent dining room at which to feed 'all comers.' A number of skiffs will be available to visitors to the camp, and a full supply of fishing tackle will be available to visitors to the camp, with other features to add to the pleasure of all who may seek the charms of this harbor, one of the finest on the island shores.”


June 28, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton went to Pelican Bay in his powerboat, Sea Wolf, yesterday morning, taking a party of Montecito men bent on a fishing cruise… Another island resort that has good prospects for a successful season this year is Fry’s Harbor. This has been taken over by Mr. And Mrs. A. Carrese, formally of San Francisco. New tent houses have been erected.”


July 23, 1916 [SBMP]: “Last evening Captain Ira K. Eaton left for the island in the Sea Wolf with a party of forty young men and women bound for Fry’s Harbor, where arrangements have been made by A. Carese, lessee of that harbor, for a big dance and supper, he having had a large dancing floor laid during the past week. The party will return to the mainland tonight.”


July 24, 1916 [SBDP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton took a party of forty young people to Fry’s Harbor Saturday night on the Sea Wolf. A dance was enjoyed there and return was made the same evening.”


August 3, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton came over from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday and will return there this morning with another party of campers. The captain reports that the Coane party, which went over last Saturday, is encamped at Fry’s Harbor, and that all the members of the party are having a delightful sojourn on the island. These campers will return home next Sunday.”


August 6, 1916 [SBMP]: “Breaking camp at Fry’s Harbor after a week spent in the fullest enjoyment of island delights, the following people returned to the mainland yesterday morning all regretting that their outing had been so brief: Mr. And Mrs. A. J. Coane, Mr. And Mrs. A. J. Murphy, Mr. And Mrs. Neil Sheridan, Miss Doris Overman, Miss Frances Thompson, Frank Waddy, Charles Shedd and Edwin Pederson. The party made the trip on the Sea Wolf. The week was spent with fishing and swimming as the principal amusements, interspersed with exploring the canyons and mountainsides and the general enjoyment of life on what many call the most beautiful island in the world.”


August 24, 1916 [SBMP]: “C. L. Lewis, district superintendent of the Postal Telegraph Company at Los Angeles, division electrical engineer of the same company at San Francisco, returned by the Sea Wolf yesterday noon from a ten days’ stay at Fry’s Harbor. The visitors were charmed with the natural beauties of Santa Cruz Island.”


July 17, 1917 [SBMP]: “Myron R. Bergen, for the past ten years well known in this city as an upholsterer, was found drowned at Pelican Bay Sunday morning, and thus far the cause is enshrouded in mystery... Captain Eaton concluded that the missing man had gone ashore during the night and walked to Fry's Harbor, as he said he would go there when Captain Easton returned to Santa Barbara. Following the plan already made, Captain Eaton returned to the mainland Wednesday...”


July 19, 1917 [SBDN]: “A party of hunters who returned to the mainland today with several seals reported that for the first time in several years it was possible to capture seals in the big cavern on the western end of Santa Cruz Island. The capture of seals there was also notable because two women were present and saw the men take the seals with the nets. The women were Mrs. Gertrude Gray Wabel of Olmsted Falls, Ohio and Miss Nell L. Moley of Cleveland who are visiting Mrs. F. C. Hayman of Santa Barbara Street. The sealing party headed by Captain Vasquez passed Fry’s Harbor several days ago when a party of which the two women were members was at the harbor. Through Captain George Gourley, who was in charge of the tourists, the seal hunters agreed to take those who wished to see the seals caught and the two women were the only women to volunteer…”


August 3, 1917 [SBMP]: “This evening captain Ira K. Eaton will leave in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, for Fry's Harbor, taking a party of 30 State Normal students who will camp at that delightful spot until next Monday morning.”


August 17, 1917 [SCICo]: “We have run across Mr. Gehl who is camping at Fry's...”


September 2, 1917 [SBMP]: “A jolly island party returned yesterday morning from a weeks’ camping at Fry’s Harbor... The party was taken over to the island by Captain Rosaline Vasquez in his powerboat the Mary B, which was chartered for the whole week...”


September 4, 1917 [SCICo]: “On September 3rd we gave notice on Ramon Romo et al at Hazard; Rosaline Vasquez et al at Fry’s Harbor; and Frank Nidever at Orizaba. What is the next move? We will serve Willows, Coches Prietos and Blue Banks on September 4th and Middle Banks, Yellowbanks and San Pedro Point on the 5th.”


September 15, 1917 [SCICo]: “Rosaline Vasquez at Fry's refuses to move, so attempts at force or intimidation was attempted, and from what we hear, believe that he instructed his men to submit to a forced removal in order to test the matter in court.”


September 16, 1917 [SCICo]: “We expect trouble with Rosaline Vasquez at Fry's.”


November 9, 1917 [SCICo]: “[Rosaline] Vasquez has moved from Fry's to Dick's, and we are serving him with another notice. Vasquez has been in the tourist business all season, and up to a month ago, Fry's has been filled with his people. He used Eaton's buildings and equipment, and when Eaton argued with him, he told him to clear out. ”


May 11, 1919 [SBMP]: “The yacht Ortona, flagship of the South Coast Yacht Club of San Pedro, which visited this port Friday with skipper Dan H. Laubershiemer, commodore Cleve Harrison and a party aboard, sailed away yesterday morning at 10 o’clock with the Painted Cave of Santa Cruz Island as her immediate destination. From the cave, the party planned to forge on to Fry’s Harbor, and from there to Chinese Harbor to anchor for the night. The waters of Smugglers Cove were expected to be their haven for today, and this evening they will unfurl sail for their home harbor.”


May 19, 1919 [SBDN]: “…All camping privileges on Santa Cruz [Island] have been leased from the Santa Cruz Island Company by Captain Eaton, according to the statement of Alonzo L. Swain, superintendent for the company, and campers’ permits are to be obtained from him. Several parties already have encamped at Fry’s Harbor and other points for short periods of time, although the season is early. A party of thirty visited Pelican Bay and Fry’s Harbor yesterday, making the trip on the Santa Barbara, one of the larger fishing schooners, while forty students at the Thacher School will go over Thursday, May 28, for the weekend. The beach at Fry’s Harbor, one of the most beautiful of the miniature harbors of Santa Cruz Island, is now being transformed into a tropical beach by the Lasky Motion Picture Company. Palm trees, bamboo, luxurious vegetation of all kinds, has been brought there and is being transplanted to give the beach every appearance of a cannibal isle which will figure prominently in a picture now being produced by the Lasky Company. Cecile de Mille’s company will spend three weeks at the harbor as soon as the work is completed making scenes for the picture on which they now are working.”


May 30, 1919 [SBMP]: “The Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton, docked at the pier yesterday morning from San Pedro. She tarried in the southern harbor long enough to have a portion of her hull repainted. She leaves this morning for Fry’s Harbor with a cargo of provisions.”


June 27, 1919 [SBMP]: “The yacht Rheingold from San Pedro left this port for Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, yesterday afternoon. The Rheingold, which has been chartered by the Lasky company in connection with the pictures being filmed at the islands, makes frequent trips to Santa Barbara for supplies.”


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.”


July 23, 1919 [SBMP]: “According to health officer Hicks, Santa Cruz Island, a three hours boat ride from Santa Barbara, is the wonder spot of the world. Hicks, in company with a party of campers, returned Monday from a weeks sojourn at Frye’s Harbor. ‘What did we do? Why, we tramped and fished and cruised and helped trap seals along the shores of the most fascinating island in existence, and when we didn’t have anything else to do, we ate.’ And to hear Hicks tell it, dining at Santa Cruz is a ceremony that amounts to a classic. Fresh abalone steak, pounded to a turn, rolled in flour and browned over the coals, tender portions of seas bass tempting, broiled, and a dozen other delicacies lured from the generous commissary of old Neptune, make the island an inexpensive habitat for campers in so far as food is concerned.”


May 17, 1920 [SCICo]: “It is undoubtedly true that campers have shot wild hogs and possibly sheep in the neighborhood of Cueva Valdez and Fry's Harbor. That these were parties to whom permits had been issued I think is a mistake, as I have issued only two such permits this season and one of those was not used. There have been some parties go in to those harbors to camp without permits however. ”


In 1922 Horace Sexton commented “Fry’s is a beautiful Harbor, but the beach and canyon are awfully dirty. A party of four men camping there were not overly talkative, so we decided they were moon shiners.”


1926: “Through the courtesy of L. E. Hitchcock, of the Biology Department of the Pasadena High School, I joined a party visiting Santa Cruz Island, going March 29 and returning April 1, 1926. The first night was spent at Potato Harbor and the next two at Fry’s Harbor. We cruised along the entire east and north coasts, and covered considerable territory inland, from the last named landing, on foot. Aside from sea fowl, were were impressed by the abundance of Ravens and the scarcity of Bald Eagles, and also by the Island Finches, inhabiting deep coastal caves having no flooring but that of surging water…” » Ross, Roland Case. 1926. A Spring Trip to Santa Cruz Island in Condor 28(5):240-241.


October 3, 1927 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara. The Super X, owned by the Buell brothers, won a cross-channel race for outboard motorboats today by traveling from Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, to Santa Barbara in one our and twelve minutes. The distance is roughly twenty-seven miles… C. Shepherd Lee won the kayak race from the island by paddling into Santa Barbara eight minutes ahead of Carl Erickson. Lee’s time was five hours and ten minutes.”


November 17, 1936 Mr. Larsen of Larco Brothers, gave the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History a huge brilliantly colored moonfish (Lampris luna) he had taken near Fry’s Harbor. It is an open-sea species of world-wide distribution in warmer waters.


November 21, 1937 [LAT]: “The lone fisherman of Santa Cruz Island… Here at Fry’s Harbor has lived for many years James ‘Shorty’ Larsen, a lone fisherman, whose only contact with the outside world, except for an occasional Coast Guard boat or an adventure-seeking pleasure yacht, is by means of an ancient crystal radio set. Shorty Larsen’s most prized possession is his old crystal radio set. With it he can get Santa Barbara, and sometimes, when conditions are just right, a little bit of news from farther a field. High on a rocky cliff, safe from the winter seas that sometimes lash the island’s coast, is the Larsen home. He built it himself. Bobby the cat is Shorty Larsen’s lone companion. Bobby is picking out a lobster for supper here. As for Shorty, he eats only a broth made from the lobsters, saying that it is non-fattening, and that he must guard his figure. There is a path to Shorty’s home, but the old rope ladder is the best means of access, particularly when the sea is running high.”


September 10, 1928 [ODC]: “A hydroplane inspection of Santa Cruz Island was made Friday by Frederick Law Olmstead, famous landscape authority selected by the State of California to pass upon the desirability of the various park sites proposed by the different localities as desirable to be included in the purchases to be made from the proposed bond issue of $6,000,000 to be voted on at the coming election… The party… turned south, skirting the north side of Santa Cruz, passing the breakwater quarry, which has not disfigured the landscape, and tobogganed into Pelican Bay, where they found but one yacht and the tug from the quarry with 75 gallons of Richfield aviation gasoline, which was poured into the hydroplane’s nearly empty tanks. After eating lunch, the tug towed the hydroplane out of the bay at 2:45, and the party took off into the air after a few a few hard bumps on the choppy sea that made the plane boom like a huge bass drum…”


July 24, 1929 [SBMP]: “Application has been made by Santa Cruz Island Company for was department permission to construct two breakwaters in the entrance to Fry’s Harbor on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, the breakwaters to extend channelward 250 feet and 50 feet, respectively, from mean high tide line, leaving a gap between the breakwaters 100 feet wide. Maps showing the location of the proposed work will be on exhibition in Los Angeles until Thursday, August 1, where interested persons are invited to inspect them and to submit in writing in triplicate, on or before that date, any objections based on navigation interests which they may have to the proposed work. Objections based on other than navigation interests cannot be considered, it is announced by A. B. Shattuck, Jr., first lieutenant corps of engineers, district engineer. His office is located in 725 Central building, Los Angeles.”


December 27, 1938 [LAT]: The population of sea lions at Fry’s Harbor was estimated at 1000 animals. Captain McGuire aboard the Pelican has taken quite a few.


December 27, 1938 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara. Santa Cruz Island seals sent by train to New York. Shipment of six males will undergo training before exhibition debut. Six husky male sea lions from the rookeries of Santa Cruz Island of the Channel Islands chain are headed out of this port, with the New York World’s Fair as their ultimate destination. Captured by Captain George McGuire, who has been hunting seals, sea lions, otters and other sea-going animals out of this port for 36 of his 85 years, the noisy cargo made the voyage from the island aboard Pelican, formerly owned by the late Captain Ira Eaton… These were taken at Fry’s Harbor on Santa Cruz…”


In 1946, Edwin L. Stanton received an offer from a private party to purchase “anywhere from 500 to 1,000 acres adjoining and around Friar's Harbor to develop it into a private residential estate and yacht harbor.” Stanton declined the offer.


July, 1989 a 15 year old scuba diver from Malibu, Robert McLaughlin, drowned in 60 feet of water off Fry's Harbor when he became entangled in lobster lines and ran out of air.


Steve Junak [1995] reports that one of three locations of madrone (Arctostaphylos menziesii) is in a small side canyon southwest of Fry’s Harbor.