HANSON, Charles

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HANSON, Charles ( - ) [Hansen]

In the News~

December 4, 1907 [SBMP]: “That rakish piratical craft, the Rover, which some years ago was instrumental in the abduction of the girl Bessie Benson by Captain Hall, aided by one John Warnell, part owner of the vessel, is again figuring in a crime of the erstwhile Rover, alias the good steam schooner Baltic, which was alongside the commercial wharf. John Warnell was arrested together with his mate Charles Hansen, by the constable Jack Fullington upon a warrant issued by Judge Overmen. The charge is grand larceny preferred by Captain George McGuire and Vasquez, who allege that Warnell and Hanson, while craw fishing around the islands, made a piratical cruise to the south side of Santa Rosa Island, and there discovered a store of nearly $100 worth of abalone shells, some 48 sacks, and abalone meat in separate sacks ready for shipment belonging to Captain McGuire. The Rover at once lay to, and the valuable load of shells and meat were transferred from shore to the schooner. The Rover, alias the Baltic, hoisted sail and away from Santa Barbara to dispose of the ill-gotten booty. A purchaser was promptly found in a representative of Charles Tetson and Company of San Francisco, who gave them about 3 cents per pound for shells and 6 or 7 cents for the meat. Then in true buccaneering style, Warnell and Hansen proceeded to celebrate on their ill-gotten gains. While flush with wine and victory, Warnell boasted to fellow seaman Captain Jerry Shively, who owns a launch, and to Charles May, of the clever trick he and his mate turned with the aid of the Baltic -once the Rover. Now May happened to be one of those flowers that bloom in the spring, and was picked up by Captain McGuire to help abduct the abalones from their native resting place on the rocks of Santa Rosa Island. Wherefore May was fully able to appreciate the interest of the news imparted in vinous confidence by that bold buccaneer John Warnell and his mate, ‘The Terrible Swede,’ Charles Hansen. Having heard all that was necessary, May hastened to Captain McGuire. Captain McGuire tried pacific measures at first, and confronting Warnell, giving that hardened and salty sinner a chance to make an accounting. Warnell, however, was haughty and disdainful, an attitude that resulted in a conference with Judge Overmen and a warrant in the hands of ‘Big Jack.’ At one time it was thought that Jack would have to hoist sail and hike over the heaving main after his prey, but as it happened he had hardly emerged from the little alley that leads to so many judicial chambers and sorrowful cells, before the keen eye of Captain Vasquez espied the peculiar gait of the Baltic’s part owner. Fullington had secured Warnell, but a short time before, Hansen, who had indulged in a shave and clean up preparatory to renewing court to the girl he left on shore, was encountered coming out of a barber shop. Both were arraigned before Judge Overmen who informed the men of their rights and will set their examination later on, bail being fixed at $500 each. Up to a late hour the necessary bonds had not been forth coming.”

December 11, 1907 [SBMP]: “Woman falls into sea in mid-channel. Heroic rescue of San Pedro resident by mate Charles Hansen of the schooner Baltic. Swept from the deck of a fishing schooner in a howling southeaster in mid-channel, a woman fought heavy seas until a heroic man from the same boat reached her and then, after a difficult and dangerous maneuvering, both were rescued by a boatman from another craft... Suddenly in mid-channel, the Baltic caught a hard puff that laid her over suddenly. The tiller man attempted to luff. It was then that Mrs. Sanderson managed to foul the tiller and sheet lines and in an instant was pitched headlong into the sea... Without divesting himself of his clothes, Hansen plunged into the channel and struck out for the drowning woman, yelling to her after a difficult battle with the smashing angry waters, and found her cool-headed. He managed to keep her head above water for 5 minutes. In the meantime the Irene’s men had seen the woman fall overboard and Hansen leap in after her. Coming up as close as she dared, she sent a boat containing Joe Morales, a veteran sailor and fisherman of this city... in a few minutes both were safely in the dory...”

December 12, 1907 [LAT/SB]: “Mrs. Charles Sanderson of San Pedro was rescued from the angry waters of the mid-Santa Barbara Channel, by the heroic act of mate Charles Hanson of the power schooner Baltic in a southeaster last Thursday. The news of the rescue reached here only last night. The Baltic is the schooner arrested recently for piracy. She left here last Thursday for Santa Cruz Island, in charge of Captain John Warnell and carrying as passengers Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sanderson. About the same tine the power schooner Irene also started for the same island. The Irene was a quarter of a mile astern of the Baltic, when a sudden puff heeled the latter. In the sudden shift of the tiller, Mrs. Sanderson, who was sitting aft, was caught in the sheet line and the whirl of the tiller and whisked overboard. Mate Hanson leaped after her. The sea was running high, with combing tops and the gale was at its fiercest. The mate reached the woman and held her head above water. In the meantime, the crew of the Irene had seen the woman go overboard, and her captain sent away a dory in charge of Joe Morales. Morales reached the pair, after a fight with the heavy seas and wind, and both were taken aboard. The Baltic is now on the south side of Santa Cruz Island, and the Sandersons are camped on Gull Rock. The woman suffered no ill effects from her experience, but Mate Hanson is the hero of the fishing fleet.”

June 2, 1908 [SBMP]: “Three local men narrowly escaped starvation on San Nicolas Island a few days ago, owing to the thoughtlessness or greed of a party of surveyors from San Pedro. Three weeks ago the power schooner sailed from here [Santa Barbara] with C. J. Libbey, Charles Hansen and Frank Nidever on an abalone fishing trip. The trio placed their store of provisions and spare clothing in an old shack near the shore and then made camp about six miles inland where there was fresh water. Before they had time to remove their supplies thither, the schooner Edith from San Pedro carrying Thomas Howland of San Clemente Island Company and a party of surveyors reached the island. Landing, they found the fishermen’s' cache and believing it to be an abandoned store, removed the contents to the schooner, even taking some of Hansen's clothing. The schooner was still anchored in the little harbor when the fishermen returned to the shack for food supplies, and found the Howland party.”

July 22, 1908 [SBI]: “…Captain Nidever said today that he did not believe the Anubis can be saved, although Captain Von Salzen is hopeful… Captain Nidever and his seal hunters, including J. W. Shively, Roy Arnold, Clarence Libbey, and Charles Hansen, were camped at Otter Harbor, that in clear weather is within plain sight of the wreck…”

January 9, 1909 [SBMP]: “According to Captain Gilbert of the power schooner Baltic which arrived here from Santa Cruz Island, there has been considerable trouble among the craw- fishermen of the islands for some days, and shooting scrapes have been reported. He brought over two wounded men, one with a bullet that entered his cheek and passed out the back of his neck, and the other, Julius Valdez, slipped on a rock, it was stated, and so hurt himself. The man with the bullet wound was attended by a local physician. ‘Valdez slipped and fell on a rock,’ said Captain Gilbert last night, ‘and when we arrived at his camp where he was in company with Frank Nidever and Ira Eaton, we had to take him aboard and bring him here for medical treatment.’ He is at his home. There has been a good deal of stealing from the traps of the crawfishermen, and the latter are guarding their traps with weapons. It is dangerous for any one to approach these camps from the water, for fear of being shot. ‘We went into the camp of Clarence Levy [Libbey] and Charles Hansen on Tuesday, and Levy fired at us with a rifle as we sailed in. He said it was merely a salute, but the bullets flew mighty close. When we got to Prisoners’ Harbor, we found a man with a bullet wound in his cheek, the bullet having come out of the back of his neck. He said he shot himself, but I don’t know whether this was right or not. He was a fellow named Bill, and I think his last name was Johnson.’ He was attended by a doctor here. He was a partner of Joe Warnell, and after he was shot, Warnell went over to the camp of Joe Morales and the two got into a skiff and went to Prisoners’ Harbor. As they approached the shore, they say, they were fired at by some Italian fishermen on shore, who used rifles. The bullets struck the boat. They continued on to the shore, however, and made arrangements for bringing over the wounded man. We got there on Wednesday, took the wounded man on board, and started for home. The weather there was pretty bad and the sea ran high, but we had to come over with those two fellows, and so we ran for it. There are about forty camps on the island of from one to three men each, and they are all armed.”

January 9, 1909 [LAT/SB]: “War declared by fishermen. Rifles used at Santa Cruz Island camps. Trouble is due to alleged stealing of crawfish… According to reports brought in by the schooner Baltic today, craw fishermen on Santa Cruz Island are at war. The trouble is due to the alleged stealing of crawfish from traps… On the way to the camp of Clarence Libbey and Charles Hanson, Tuesday, we were fired upon by Libbey, who used a rifle…”

May 23, 1914 [SBDN]: “Justice of the peace J. G. Shoup and Captain Charles Hanson left this afternoon in the latter’s launch Flyer for Santa Cruz Island, where they will spend Sunday, returning to Santa Barbara Monday morning. They will go to the seaward side of the island and camp at Johnson’s Reef, a place noted for its isolation, beauty of scenery, and its fishing.”

May 24, 1914 [SBMP]: “Judge Jacob G. Shoup went to Johnson’s Reef on the south shore of Santa Cruz Island yesterday afternoon in Captain Charles Hanson’s powerboat, the Flyer. The judge is very appreciative of the island charms and he is a frequent visitor there. The boat will visit a number of the harbors on the lower side of the island, and will return to the mainland at an early hour tomorrow morning.”

August 24, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Three tons of abalone shells and one ton of meat was brought in to the wharf from Santa Rosa Island this morning by Captains Nidever and Hanson in the launch Flyer. The shells will be shipped to San Francisco.”

August 27, 1914 [SBMP]: “At an early hour this morning, Judge J. G. Shoup, B. F. Ruiz, Charles Hanson, Captain George Nidever and Frank Nidever left for Santa Cruz Island on a camping expedition in Captain Nidever’s powerboat, Marguerite. The party will make its headquarters at Willow Harbor, on the south side of the island, and will make frequent excursion to other attractive points making a stop of about ten days.”

August 27, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Justice J. G. Shoup, Charles Hanson, B. F. Ruiz, Frank Nidever and Captain George Nidever left this morning in the launch Marguerite for a two weeks’ outing on Santa Cruz Island. They go to Willow Harbor, one of the most attractive spots on the island, and far from the usual crowd of visitors who settle in the established camps.”

December 31, 1914 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson and Scotty Cunningham of the powerboats Flyer and Sampan, respectively, are in from their fishing camps on Santa Cruz Island, to spend a the New Year holiday. They brought in very small quantities of fish and a very few crawfish. They report the fishing camps about all deserted, the fishermen having gone to their homes for the holidays.”

January 21, 1915 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson came in from the islands yesterday for supplies for his craw fishing camp. He and Scotty Cunningham, who operate the powerboats Flyer and Sampan respectively, are working together, and are changing their camp from the bleak shore of Anacapa Island to Valdez Harbor, by most people considered the most beautiful spot on Santa Cruz Island. From what Hanson says, however, the main object in making the change is not for aesthetic reasons, but in the hope of finding better craw fishing grounds. He declares he never saw so few crawfish as there are this season, and that none of the men engaged in this line of fishing are making any money from it.”

January 21, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Crawfish are reported very scarce by Captain Charles Hanson, who has come in from the islands to lay in a fresh stock of supplies for his crawfishing camp. Mr. Hanson and Scotty Cunningham are working together, and have changed their base of operations from the shore of Anacapa Island to Valdez Harbor, in the hope that crawfish may prove better there. The captain said that the men engaged in catching this elusive delicacy are not meeting with any noticeable success.”

February 16, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Charles Hanson came over from Valdez Harbor yesterday in his powerboat, the Flyer, with rock cod.”

April 6, 1915 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson, who runs the powerboat Flyer, has announced his intention of procuring a larger and better boat for the island excursion business on the channel. He has gone to San Pedro in his little boat to secure the better craft, and expects to have the latter in commission within a short time. Hanson is a very good sailor, and has decided popularity, and his friends think he will do well in the business contemplated.”

April 18, 1916 [SBMP]: Captain Charles Hanson came over from Prisoners' Harbor in his powerboat, the Flyer, last Sunday, and will return to the island today to resume his fishing operations.”

October 29, 1915 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson, one of the better fishermen operating in island waters for several years past, was brought over from the islands yesterday suffering from a wound inflicted by a thrust of an albacore’s fin, which is mounted with a set of needle-like thorns that are sometimes coated with a poisonous film. Mr. Hanson was stung severely in one of the hands by this unfortunate variety of contact, with the result that he has a severe case of blood poisoning with which to wrestle. Dr. Bakewell has charge of the case.”

February 29, 1916 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson, Scotty Cunningham and half a dozen other crawfishes came over from Santa Cruz Island in their fishing boats last Sunday with their final catches of this prized ocean delicacy for this season. Their camps have been dismantled, as the crawfish season goes out with today. All the camps on the island shores have been abandoned, there having been fifteen to last the season out on Santa Cruz.”

April 18, 1916 [SBMP]: Captain Charles Hanson came over from Prisoners' Harbor in his powerboat, the Flyer, last Sunday, and will return to the island today to resume his fishing operations.”

March 15, 1917 [SBMP]: “Fears are felt for safety of Flyer. Report of loss off Santa Monica turns attention to local sloop. Some anxiety is felt in the local shipping circles for the safety of Captain Charles Hansen and his auxiliary sloop Flyer, with three men on board. This grows out of the report of a craft with three men being reported lost off Santa Monica in a gale last Saturday evening. Captain Hansen and his craft were at Santa Cruz Island last week and it was the intention to sail for San Diego Saturday morning. Captain Frank Nidever, who returned from the islands yesterday, says he saw Hansen at Pelican Bay during the morning, and that Hansen then said he would wait until the weather was more favorable. But nothing has been heard of the Flyer since then, and the Captain may have decided to continue on. In case he left before noon he could have reached a point off Santa Monica by evening. One of the men on the Flyer was Clarence Libbey and the third an old sailor, known here as Ben.”

November 21, 1918 [SBMP]: “Captain Charles Hansen of the launch Two Sons came in yesterday with about a ton of crawfish on board. Hansen made his catch off the islands and reports fishing is good.”

February 15, 1923 [SBMP]: “Planking from Eagle is taken as evidence of seaman’s death. Fishermen friends of Captain Frank E. Nidever have found what they have persistently looked for ever since the veteran fisherman and mariner disappeared during a storm on February 1, and dreaded to find—wreckage from Captain Nidever’s fishing boat, Eagle. The wreckage consisted of a section of the deck of the Eagle and bits of the pilot house. It was found by fishermen on the south side of Anacapa Island. The find was made four days ago, but word reached here only yesterday. It was brought up by I. Steen and Charles Hanson, San Pedro fishermen, to the Larco Brothers, employers of Captain Nidever.”

October 15, 1925 [SBMP]: “Season opens for crawfish… Several camps have been established on the Channel Islands… Fishermen establish camps on Channel Islands… Captain Castagnola will have boats off Goleta during the season, and Captain Charles Hanson is locating off Summerland…”

September 16-October 5, 1927 [Chester Lamb field notes]: “Engaged Captain Charles Hanson to take us there [San Miguel Island] at the price of $50, and also to bring us back for another $50.” He continues: “The Captain Hanson told me that four years ago he killed a female otter with her pup in the kelp near the island and also had taken many fur seals…”

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