KOCH, Henry

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KOCH, Henry ( - ), sea captain who lived in Santa Barbara after the turn of the century. He ran the vessels Pride and Anita.

In the News~

March 21, 1897 [San Diego Union]: “The trouble over the guano schooner Freia has been averted, and the new owners, Capts. Harry Koch and Burk, have taken possession. Captain Bernson of the Freia succeeds to the schooner Lura, as part of the trade. He denied yesterday that he had skipped out with the Freia when called upon to deliver her to the new owners. He was a part owner, and when the new purchasers failed to pay he refused to turn the boat over.”

December 27, 1901 [San Diego Union]: ““The schooner Freia entered at the custom house yesterday as having come up the coast in ballast. She is in command of Capt. Koch, and has had several prospecting parties out along the coast of the peninsula within the past few months.”

June 5, 1904 [SBMP]: “The derelict Gaviota wharf is now floating in the channel within a radius of ten miles of Anacapa Island. Captain Henry Koch of the Santa Cruz Island schooner Pride, who arrived within a half mile of the derelict, said that it was drifting south with the current.”

June 5, 1904 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara, June 4. The section of the Gaviota wharf, which was set adrift in the recent heavy storm, has been located in the Santa Barbara channel within a few miles of Anacapa Island. The schooner Pride, Captain Koch, sighted the derelict, passing within half a mile of it. The mass was drifting south with the current and the tides of today will probably bring it back to about the same spot where the Pride first sighted it. Captain Koch considers the derelict extremely dangerous to shipping.”

June 10, 1904 [OC]: “The derelict Gaviota Wharf, which was rammed by the schooner Lackme and later washed from its moorings, is now floating in the channel within a radius of ten miles of Anacapa Island. Captain Henry Koch of the Santa Cruz Island schooner, Pride, who arrived here Saturday, reports that he passed within a half mile of the derelict, and that it was drifting south with the current. The tides of Saturday would bring the huge mass of timber back again and he figures that it is located about the spot where he last saw it. Captain Koch expressed grave fears at least one of the vessels plying up the coast would come in contact with it. He said: ‘The wreckage is still intact and is floating in a perpendicular position, the warehouse evidently being on the underside. About ten feet is projecting above the water and is easily seen from a great distance. This is the most serious menace to shipping that has ever appeared off this coast. Should one of the big schooners come in contact with it the consequences would be terrible.’”

July 1, 1904 [SBMP]: “The large whale between fifty and seventy-five feet in length was discovered last Monday on Anacapa Island by Captain Koch of the schooner Pride.”

January 10, 1905 [SBMP]: “Captain Koch will take out a party of fishermen this morning from Stearn's Wharf for a day's fishing excursion near Anacapa. The boat will leave about 9 o'clock and the trip will be an enjoyable one if the weather is good, as all kinds of ocean fish are biting very freely at this time.”

January 28, 1905 [SBMP]: “Henry Koch is overhauling the large naval marine boats that are kept at the Stearns' wharf. These boats are supplied by the government for the use of the local naval reserve company.”

February 26, 1905 [SBMP]: “Water Front Notes. Captain Henry Koch located and picked up the buoy anchor which was parted from its chain by the schooner Comet. Using the schooner Santa Cruz he raised it and landed it on the wharf, where it will be repaired and dropped again into the ocean from the Santa Cruz on her next visit to this port. Fred Wale's sloop was heisted up to the stringers on the wharf on Friday by Captain Koch, who replaced the rudder that was lost several weeks ago with a new one. Mr. Wale had intended to do this work at the island last week, but the water was too rough to accomplish it.”

March 14, 1905 [SBMP]: “Fifteen Thousand Dollars Damage Caused by Sunday's Severe Storm. Nearly Fifteen Hundred Feet of the Newly Constructed Ocean Boulevard Washed Away --Launches and Small Craft Demolished in Bay--Coast Steamers Cannot Land. Sunday's storm was the worst that has visited this city for many years...Every small boat that was not taken from the water on Saturday has either been sunk or washed ashore. The Pride, Alleen and Prima Maria are totally destroyed, and the Coquiet lost and sunk, aggregating a property loss of about $7000. The Fortuna, Chispa, Kingfisher and Cady have been sunk, with a chance of being raised from the bottom of the ocean and repaired. They have without doubt been badly injured by the wind and waves, and may be total losses. The Belvedere and the Vixen were damaged less than any of the sailboats in the water. The Belvedere was beached bear the Plaza del Mar, and the Vixen beyond Castle Rock, with some damage to their hulls and rigging... Heroic efforts were made to save some of the crafts, the boatmen endangering their lives. Thus far no fatalities have been reported. Captain Henry Koch of the Pride boarded his boat on Saturday when the storm first started and attempted to take her out to sea. He got her clear from the wharf and lowered two anchors, but the boat's windlass was torn away and the boat drifted against the wharf. Koch was working on the rigging, and when she struck the wharf he was thrown high and dry upon the wharf, and was badly bruised. The Pride then drifted out in front of the Potter hotel and sunk, the top of her mast showing above the waves until she was beaten to pieces and washed ashore...”

March 24, 1905 [SBMP]: “Two large anchors have been found and raised by Captain Koch. and two others have been recovered by Henry Short. Some of them have been given to those who lost them [in the storm]...”

July 30, 1905 [SBMP]: “Captain Koch has returned from a three days trip to the islands where he went on business. He visits the T. E. Walker party, which is comfortably camped at Dick’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island. They are preparing to break camp and will probably return to Hueneme tomorrow on board Vishnu.”

September 26, 1905 [SBMP]: “Stole a Launch. Emil Stolenberg was arraigned in Justice Wheaton's court shortly before noon on a charge of grand larceny. The complaint was made by Henry Koch, owner of the launch Anita, who alleges that Stoltenberg, who has been engaged in handling the launch with Koch, slipped the moorings yesterday morning and started for Redondo in the boat, without the owner's permission. Koch and Constable Storni gave chase in another boat as soon as the Anita's disappearance was discovered and managed to intercept the launch, placing Stoltenberg under arrest. His examination is set for Saturday next at 10 o'clock, bail being fixed at $1000.”

September 27, 1905 [LAT/SB]: “Emil Stoltenberg is under arrest, charged with attempting to steal the launch Anita from its owner, Captain Henry Koch. The two men had had some business dealings, but a settlement was reached and Stoltenberg was no longer connected with the boat. Yesterday he sailed it down the channel and was overtaken by Captain Koch and an officer, and placed under arrest.”

January 11, 1906 [SBMP]: “The power launch Anita, Captain Henry Koch, will sail for the islands tomorrow morning after crawfish, which will be brought in on Sunday in time for shipment to San Francisco on the steamer State of California. The Anita will carry some passengers on her trip.”

April 21, 1906 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Koch is arranging to sail tomorrow on his Anita with several passengers.”

May 4, 1906 [SBMP]: “The launch Anita, Captain Koch, will be in the water again in a few days. She is now in dry dock near the railroad wharf, and has been overhauled.”

May 13, 1906 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Koch, master of the sloop Anita, returned yesterday for a four days’ excursion to the islands. She carried Mr. Crist and several other men who were in search of shells. Captain Koch reports the weather was very fine at the islands and that their trip was enjoyed by all on board the Anita.”

May 13, 1906 [SBMP]: “The Japanese fishing sloop that has been carrying on a good business in these waters has changed hands and was yesterday hauled up on the sand by Captain Henry Koch for repairs. The boat will be thoroughly overhauled and will be re-christened. She will hereafter bear the name of the Japanese admiral, Togo.”

May 20, 1906 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Henry Koch of the power launch Anita, was the first to the rescue of a man named Gray who had fallen off from the wharf while intoxicated and would probably have drowned if Koch had not acted quickly…”

August 10, 1906 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. George McComber, Mr. and Mrs. Patton, and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander F. Harmer and Dr. Huntington and son have returned yesterday from Santa Cruz Island where they have been camping for two weeks. They made the trip on the Anita, Captain Koch. Today the Anita will return to the island, Dick's Harbor, with another party.”

January 9, 1907 [SBMP]: “Wind demoralizes shipping, driving many craft to beach. Gasoline launch Anita, Captain Koch in dangerous position.”

January 17, 1907 [SBWP]: “Boat owners will rebuild. New fleet will be in water soon. Valuable engines saved from wrecks. Since the heavy southeaster that cast so many of the smaller craft onto the beach, the waterfront has been the scene of much activity… The Anita, Captain Koch’s boat that rode out the greater part of the storm and then went ashore, after her owner and two other men had spent a day on her making every effort to keep her off the beach, is a total loss. The engine was not of the best, and it is not improbable that any attempt will be made at salvage.”

January 20, 1907 “Captain Merry of the Vishnu has just returned from a trip to Santa Cruz Island, and is telling a tale of destruction in the wake of the recent storm. The Vishnu carried provisions for the men of the crawfish camps on the south side of the island, who had been depending on the Anita, Captain Koch’s vessel which was sunk in the storm. The Anita was to have returned in two days, but it was two weeks before the Vishnu appeared.”

March 24, 1907 [SBMP] “Mr. and Mrs. Henry Koch of Los Angeles, who have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Gehl, returned to their home in the south yesterday.”

May 5, 1907 [SBMP]: “Lone boat thief captured in mid-ocean… Yesterday morning about 9:30, two local fishermen known as Joe and Frank Maglio came to Captain Merry of the power yacht Vishnu with the statement that one of their fishing boats had been stolen from its moorings some time during the small hours… The fishermen asked Merry to give chase, and this he immediately agreed to do, taking Captain Henry Koch as the fourth man of the party… The lone boatman made no resistance when the Vishnu came along side, and sullenly boarded the yacht, where he was at once placed under arrest…”'

August 8, 1907 [SBMP]: “The power launch Stella, Captain Koch, arrived yesterday from San Miguel Island with a cargo of guano.”

August 23, 1907 [SBMP]: “The launch Stella, Captain Koch, arrived yesterday from San Pedro by way of Santa Cruz Island.”

September 8, 1912 [SBMP]: “Deed — Henry Koch and Margaret wife , to Mrs. Lydia A. Cornwwell $375; 50 x 225 feet on Voluntario Street, 100 feet S. E. of N. corner of block 349, Santa Barbara.”

January 30, 1938 [LAT/SD]: “Mrs. Henry Koch, wife of the late Captain Koch, announces the engagement of her daughter, Doris Marjo…”