Ida

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Ida (#100376) (1885-1897), 35-foot wood-hulled sloop built in San Francisco. Ida was lost in a sudden squall of Cedros Island, Mexico in April of 1897.


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In the News~

April 28, 1882 [SBDP]: “On Tuesday evening last, there arrived in port, the schooner yacht Ida, of San Francisco, Captain Hillyer, 30 hours from Santa Cruz… The Ida is 39-1/2 feet keel, 43-1/2 feet over all, 19 feet beam and 5-1/2 feet deep. She is schooner-rigged, and under full sail, in a good wind, can easily out sail any of our coast steamers. She was built in San Francisco, three years ago, and is stated to have cost $3, 350. She is of thirty tons capacity, and will comfortably seat twenty passengers in the cabin, and ten or twelve in the cockpit. The cabin is large, roomy and well lighter, and contains a large folding table, accommodating ten persons. Forward of the cabin is the toilet and wash closets; and forward of these the galley. The length of the cabin could easily be increased six feet at slight expense. Her sails area all new, large and well setting, and all her standing rigging is wire rope. She is said to be an easy craft, dry in a seaway, stiff and weatherly. She is fitted with an iron bar windlass and two heavy anchors. Her cabin is nicely decorated inside, and contains two double and two single berths. The yacht is provided with a fast little dinghy, carrying six persons and rowing two pair of sculls.”


April 29, 1882 [SBDI]: “The schooner-yacht Ida will take out a party into the channel tomorrow morning, starting from Stearn’s Wharf at about 10 or 11 A.M., according to the wind. Those who enjoy a day upon the water would do well to join the excursion. The Ida accommodates twenty-five comfortably, and has carried fifty persons at a time.”


May 1, 1882 [SBDI]: “The excursion on the yacht Ida yesterday did not prove as successful as was anticipated, owing to the lack of wind… About eight miles out she passed Larco’s boat, the fastest in the channel…”


May 11, 1882 [SBDI]: “For charter. The schooner yacht Ida of thirty tons capacity. Captain H. Hillyer. Is now prepared to take out pleasure parties, fishing parties, & sailing parties at reasonable rates. For terms apply to G. P. Tebbets, Press office.”


May 16, 1882 [LAT]: “Ho! For Catalina! Clipper yacht Ida, Captain Hillyer, will run between San Pedro and Catalina Island. The Ida was built for the San Francisco Yacht Club, has been the winner of several races, and is an extra fast vessel. Address Captain James, agent, San Pedro.”


June 22, 1882 [LAT]: “San Gabrielites visit Catalina for sport… At Wilmington they engaged a fishing smack for use at the island, and a portion of the party took passage in the smack, the remainder going over on the yacht Ida, the new fast sailing clipper under command of Captain Hillyer…”


July 16, 1882 [LAT]: “Colonel Banbury, Mr. Woodbury, Mr. Washburn and Mr. Giddings, of Pasadena, and Mr. G. A. Brandis, of Los Angeles, returned yesterday from a very enjoyable trip to Catalina Island. They caught 1225 barracudas, three jewfish and a large number of yellowtails in about three days. About two hundred campers are now on the island. There are an abundance of sheep and some wild goats. A few years ago about 150 quail were let loose on the island which have multiplied to such an extent that they are wonderfully abundant everywhere. A large number of fishermen are engaged in the work of catching and drying barracuda, which are shipped to San Francisco, realizing four cents per pound. The party speak in the highest terms of the sailing qualities of the clipper yacht Ida, and of the uniform courtesy and ability of her commander, Captain Hillyer. There is no boarding house on the island, but a large number of cots and camps, all the occupants apparently enjoying a right royal good time. In the sweet bye and bye Times scribes will perhaps have an opportunity of knowing how it is themselves.”


July 28, 1882 [LAT/SCat]: ““Santa Ana, July 25. A trip replete with pleasure, incident and adventure… At 2:30 P.M. we boarded the Ida and, in tow of the tug Cricket, we squirm and twist along the crooked channel of Wilmington Creek to the inner bay at San Pedro. There we find business lively, five schooners discharging cargo at the new wharf, and twelve other vessels lying outside. The Ida unfurls her sails to the wind, casts loose from the Cricket, and under the impulse of a brisk breeze, goes skimming over the blue water… ”


May 13, 1893 [SBMP]: “The schooner Ida from San Francisco arrived in the harbor yesterday morning and left for the island later in the day on a seal hunting trip.”


May 14, 1893 [SBMP]: “The sloop Ida from San Francisco returned to this harbor yesterday morning from a trip to the islands. She left again for the south on a fishing expedition.”


May 14, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop Ida from San Pedro is at this port. She left a party of seal hunters on the islands.”


June 6, 1882 [LAT/SP]: “Sailed. June 4th, yacht Ida, with passengers for Santa Catalina. Arrived. June 5th, yacht Ida, Santa Catalina.”


July 4, 1893 [SBDI]: “The sloops Liberty, Restless and Ida were in the harbor this morning.”


July 5, 1893 [SBDI]: “The schooners Santa Rosa, San Mateo, and the sloops Liberty, Restless and Ida were in the harbor this morning. The Santa Cruz returned to the island yesterday.”


May 23, 1897 [SanDU]: “The wreck of the Ida at Cedros Island. Vessel capsized in a squall 10 miles off the south end of Cedros Island. The crew rowed ashore in a small boat...”


May 24, 1897 [LAT/SD]: “The guano schooner Ida was struck by a typhoon off Cedros Island about the first of the month and capsized…”