Hermosa II

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Hermosa II
Hermosa II
Hermosa II
Cabrillo and Hermosa II

Hermosa II (#96611) (1902-1935), 139-foot wood-hulled compound steamer built by William Muller at the Mormon Island Shipyard for the Wilmington Transportation Company’s expanding tourist trade to Santa Catalina Island. Hermosa II went into service on July 1, 1902, and carried 700 passengers. Hermosa II had a long and successful career until 1928 when she was sold and converted to a tuna clipper. At that time, her house, with original mahogany paneling from Hermosa I, was removed and used as the merchant mariner’s labor hall in Long Beach until that too was salvaged. Hermosa II was burned at sea in Costa Rica in 1935. Some of the original paneling is installed in the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.



In the News~

June 20, 1902 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon is to be strictly in it this summer so far as transportation is concerned. The island company announces that the new Hermosa will make her initial trip on Saturday next, and on and after that day there will be four boats to the island every Saturday. They will arrive at 11:30 A.M., 12:45, 5:30 and 8:45 P.M. On Sundays there will be two boats arriving here, at 12:45 and 5:30 P.M. Preparations are being made for a grand celebration of the event of the new Hermosa’s arrival, and there will be a ‘hot time in the old town’ Saturday night.”


February 16, 1904 [LAT/SP]: “Another vessel has been added to the fleet of the Banning Company… The Cabrillo, in all her appointments, is a beautiful vessel… In addition to the vessel launched today, there has been built at the Banning shipyards the Warrior, Hermosa and Cricket for the company; the steamer Eureka built for the North Pacific Steamship Company, now in the passenger service between San Francisco and Eureka, and two smaller vessels, the Santa Rosa Island and Torqua. All these boats were designed and built under the supervision of William Muller…”


February 27, 1904 [LAT/SP]: “On the waterfront. Port San Pedro, Los Angeles. The steamer Hermosa makes regular daily trips to Santa Catalina Island and return.”


April 6, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. Today was wash day with the steamer Hermosa, when she was laid up to clean her boilers. The Warrior was to convey the passengers over, but when those brought down by the Southern Pacific were aboard it was found her carrying capacity was filled, and the Falcon was called into requisition…”


May 23, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The largest excursion party that ever visited Santa Catalina Island is here today. It is of members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. They came over last evening, the Hermosa, Warrior and Falcon all being necessary to convey the throng.”


July 3, 1904 [LAT/SP]: “With many pennants floating in the breeze, the flag of General Phineas Banning at her masthead, the Cabrillo, the finest and fastest steamer of the Banning Fleet, steamed proudly up the inner harbor at 10 o’clock this morning, while half the town cheered her arrival and all the other craft in the harbor gave her noisy welcome… The new steamer will make her initial trip to Avalon on July 4. She will be under the command of Captain Evan Trefethen, who has been for many years in the employ of the Banning Company and who is now the master of the steamer Hermosa…”


July 17, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The steamer Hermosa resumed a place in the Catalina service today, having been undergoing an overhauling. Captain Driscoll, late of the Warrior, is in command.”


August 2, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The Hermosa varied her usual Isthmus trip on Sundays by going around the island. A large crowd, estimated at over 500, took advantage of the opportunity.”


August 23, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. When the steamer Hermosa was making a landing here yesterday, by some slip the stern of the vessel swung around into the lines of boats, and before the machinery was stopped two of E. M. Mathson’s fine skiffs were reduced to kindling wood and two others swamped.”


September 4, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. Today promises to surpass any other of the season in number of visitors. The Cabrillo on her first trip over this morning brought 850 passengers. The Hermosa likewise had a big list, and the Cabrillo still has two more trips to make before the record is closed…”


September 5, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The Hermosa made the trip around the island again today, carrying a goodly crowd.”


September 13, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. Recent travel to this resort has broken the record for largness of volume… This morning the hegira this way set in early and a special boat, the Warrior, brought a party of 176 people for breakfast at 9 o’clock. At 11:15 the Cabrillo landed 900, and at 12:45 the Hermosa steamed in with 250 more…”


December 27, 1906 [LAT/SP]: “Shipping. The passenger steamer Hermosa makes daily runs trips to Santa Catalina Island and returns.”


February 8, 1905 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. William Mueller, the builder of the steamers Cabrillo, Hermosa No. 2, and the Warrior, is here, and will superintend the new building which will replace the old one occupied by Ben Rosin, opposite the post office.”


August 26, 1913 [LAT]: “Avalon. Negotiations between a representative of the Meteor Boat Company of Los Angeles and the Wilmington Transportation Company, who operate the steamers Hermosa and Cabrillo from San Pedro to Avalon, are pending. The former company proposes, if the deal is closed, to take a five-years’ lease upon the two steamers and to operate them between Long Beach and Avalon. Plans are under consideration by the Banning Company to purchase two large steamers to take place of the Hermosa and Cabrillo. After September 15 Hotel Metropole would close its doors for several months and that the steamer Cabrillo would be taken off its regular run September 13. The Hermosa or Warrior, owned by the Wilmington Transportation Company, will be the only vessel plying between San Pedro and Avalon during the winter months...”


February 3, 1914 [TI/Avalon]: “The Hermosa will be dry-docked and thoroughly overhauled for the coming season’s traffic.”


September 15, 1914 [TI/Avalon]: “The steamer Hermosa started on the cross-channel trip Monday, and will remain on the route until business warrants a change. Leaving time will be 3:15 P.M.”


November 30, 1915 [SBMP]: “The steamer Hermosa arrived at San Pedro Harbor shortly before noon with guests from one of the hotels destroyed [by fire] at Avalon…”


May 23, 1916 [TI/Avalon]: “A flying fish weighing almost two pounds sailed into the social hall of the S. S. Hermosa Sunday as the vessel was crossing the channel. With a dull thud the fish struck the piano and then immediately became the center of admiration of many passengers who had never seen a flying fish as close quarters.”


May 30, 1916 [TI/Avalon]: “Each day the steamer Hermosa brings large quantities of furniture and household supplies for those who are opening apartment houses and furnished cottages.”