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Kate and Anna, Cuyler's Harbor,
San Miguel Island, 1902
Kate and Anna, Cuyler's Harbor,
San Miguel Island, c. 1950
Kate and Anna, Cuyler's Harbor,
San Miguel Island, c. 1950
Kate and Anna, Cuyler's Harbor,
San Miguel Island, c. 1950
Kate and Anna, Cuyler's Harbor,
San Miguel Island, c. 1950


Kate and Anna (#14376) (1879-1902), 56.4-foot wood sealing schooner built in Oregon in 1879 by Captain Lutjens. She was rebuilt several times during her lifetime, and ended up licensed for fishing and the California coastal trade. While anchored at Cuyler's Harbor, San Miguel Island on April 9, 1902 during a northwester, the anchor chain of Kate and Anna parted, and she was blown ashore and beached, where she quickly filled with sand. Her Captain Lutjen and crew of six men reached the shore safely. The Rawlins family, living on San Miguel Island for lessee Captain Waters, took photographs of the wreck.



In the News~

September 24, 1892 [LAT]: “San Francisco. The sealing schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Lutgen, reached here today with only sixty skins…”


January 17, 1894 [SDU]: “San Francisco, January 16. Bob Walters, one of the crew of the sealing schooner Kate and Anna, while under the influence of liquor this morning, jumped overboard, and in attempting to swim ashore was drowned.”


August 5, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Interesting complications arising under the Bering Sea Convention. The first case to come up under the provisions of the findings of the Paris Tribunal of Arbitration to settle the Bering Sea controversy between the United States and Great Britain was brought to light at Astoria by the arrival there last Thursday of the American schooner Kate and Anna, from Bering Sea waters, having on board 608 seal skins, part of which were caught during the closed season in the waters governed by the provisions of the tribunal’s findings, and included in the proclamation of the President… The Kate and Anna was in Alaskan waters at the time…”


May 1, 1895 [SFC]: “Astoria, Oregon, April 30. The California sealing schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Lutjen, arrived here this afternoon with 391 seal skins, all of the best quality and very large. THe skins will be shipped tomorrow via New York to the London market. Two hundred were caught off the coast of California and 150 off Destruction Island and thirty-eight yesterday off the mouth of the Columbia River. The Kate and Anna has been hunting since January, but the weather has been very severe, and only right days' work was done in the present month. She leaves here Monday on a sea otter cruise.”


December 27, 1895 [SFC]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna is fitting out for another sealing cruise. She was seized by the United States authorities a week ago for illegal sealing, but her owners have bonded her out and will dispatch her for the Japan Sea next week.”


January 16, 1896 [SFC]: “The captain of the schooner Western Home, which arrived yesterday, makes the following report: On January 12 at 12 A.M. we picked up a sealing boat belonging to the schooner Kate and Anna with hunter Daniel Claussen, boat-steerer Carroll and boat puller G. Jacobs, who were lost from their vessel on January 6 during a thick mist. On January 6 they were picked up by the schooner Rio Rey, bound for Bowens Landing, but the next day, the weather being very thick and no chance of getting to Bowens Landing, they left the Rio Rey and started out by themselves, expecting to find some vessel bound for San Francisco. On January 12 they were picked up by the Western Home, and on January 14 at 9 A.M. they left the Western Home expecting to find their vessel at Drakes Bay or Point Reyes waiting for them.”


February 29, 1896 [SFC]: “The sealing schooner Penelope put in here yesterday with 215 skins aboard. The captain reports having experienced very heavy weather ever since leaving San Pedro, but that seals were plentiful. His hunters, he says, were not a good as they might be, so he put in here to discharge them and get others. He spoke [with] the schooner Kate and Anna off the Farralones with 150 skins.”


January 3, 1896 [SFC]: “The stern wheel steamer Constantine ran into the sealing schooner Kate and Anna yesterday and did considerable damage. The Kate and Anna was almost ready for sea, but now she will be detained for several days in order to make necessary repairs.”


January 28, 1897 [SFC]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Annais at Drake's Bay. Captain Frank Morrow came to port in order to get a new boat-steerer for one of the crews...”


March 16, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “The lost sealers. Two weeks ago it was reported that Antone Anderson, a hunter on the sealing schooner Eppinger, and two other men from the same vessel were lost at sea. It appears, however, that the three men were not victims of the ocean’s wrath, for they were picked up a day or two ago on San Miguel Island many miles from where they left the Eppinger. They claimed that adverse winds had carried them across the channel, and, finding it impossible to pull against the wind, they went ashore on the isle, thinking the Eppinger would search for them. They waited a few days, finding life on an island sheep ranch rather pleasant. Finally the sealer Kate and Anna stopped at San Miguel for water, and the men told the captain their story and shipped with him. The Kate and Anna touched at Gaviota yesterday to give the news. The Ann is a small schooner, only twenty-four tons burden, and having but four boats. She has taken 300 skins while in the channel, during the past few weeks.”


March 16, 1897 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara, March 15. The three seal hunters who became separated from the sealer Eppinger two weeks ago in Santa Barbara channel were found yesterday on San Miguel Island, whence they had drifted in a rowboat. The schooner Kate and Anna brought them to Santa Barbara. They intend claiming their share of the Eppinger’s catch.”


October 3, 1897 [SCF]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna will start today on an otter hunting cruise. Captain Charles Lutjen will take the vessel out and will remain with her two weeks. Captain Antone J. Anderson will be master for the remainder of the cruise. The Kate and Anna will be the only boat to go hunting from this port, as the Rattler is for sale and the Eppinger is going to the Yukon.”


December 16, 1897 [LAT/SF]: “The schooner Kate and Anna will be the only sealer to go out of San Francisco this year…”


February 10, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna, from San Francisco, reports a catch of forty skins in this channel, most of them the result of a single day’s hunt near San Miguel Island.”


May 1, 1898 [SBMP]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Lutgens, arrived in the Channel Friday evening. Yesterday she was boarded by Port Collector Russell, who issued a certificate to the Captain, showing that he had 336 skins aboard. He also cased up the guns, and took other necessary steps in line with the new regulations whereby the time for seal hunting expired yesterday. The law has prohibited sealing north of the 35th parallel since December 25th. The schooner left for the north yesterday.”


May 17, 1898 [SCF]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna put into port yesterday. She brought in 336 skins, and as soon as he takes some provisions and water aboard Captain Lutjen is going out again to follow up the herd that is moving north in the direction of Bering Sea.”


May 1898 U.S. Customs Report of Catch of Fur Seals declared Kate and Anna had secured 336 skins, one male and the rest female, all of which were shot on or near San Miguel Island. Kate and Anna was suspected of smuggling Chinese and opium, but was never caught.


October 24, 1898 [LAT/SD]: “The steamer St. Denis brought thirty-one sea otter skins, valued at $4650… The sea otters were killed off Santo Tomas, Lower California, by Charles Lutjens of the schooner Kate and Anna, of San Francisco. They are valued at about $150 each, and have been very scarce until recently.”


October 30, 1898 [LAT]: “There is likely to be a stampede of the mosquito fleet for the Lower California coast after sea otters as a result of the remarkable catch made by Charles Lutjens of San Francisco in the schooner Kate and Anna, off Santo Tomas Landing the past week. He arrived on the steamer St. Denis recently from Ensenada with thirty-one fine otter skins, of aggregate value of $4650. He was engaged only two or three days in the work of securing the skins…”


December 30, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The little schooner Kate and Anna, which recently arrived from Ensenada with a cargo of otter skins, paid her men $3500, most of which will be distributed in this city. The same craft is being fitted up at a cost of about $2000 for a sealing cruise.”


April 23, 1899 [LAT/SP]: “American sealers complain of discrimination favoring British. The little schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Antone Anderson, arrived at this port Friday after a three-months cruise in the waters off Point Conception. She brought 169 skins. The Kate and Anna sailed from here on January 11, and carried fourteen men all told. With that number it was possible to operate four boats carrying three men each, and leave two aboard the vessel. Each small boat carried a puller, a steerer and a hunter...”


April 26, 1899 [LAT]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna, said to be the only American sealer that has been out this season, arrived at San Pedro last Friday. She had been out over three months, but had been prohibited by law from cruising further north than Point Conception. Seals were scarce in those waters and she took only 169 skins…”


May 1, 1899 [LAT/SP]: “Cruising for seals. A three months’ sealing cruise is a hunting trip, but it is no picnic. The working day is long and the quarters are cramped. When the catch is small, as was in the case of the little schooner Kate and Anna, which arrived at San Pedro with 169 skins the other day, it is bad luck for the owners and worse for the men. The old ‘lay’ system under which each man in the crew got a certain percentage of the entire profits of the cruise has largely been abandoned. The plan in more common operation now is to pay each man a stipulated sum for every skin which he is instrumental in getting. The Kate and Anna with fourteen men all told sailed from San Pedro in January, under agreement that the men should receive compensation according to the latter plan. The schooner was prohibited by law from cruising north of latitude 35 degrees north, which is near the northerly line of Santa Barbara County, so most of the hunting was done off Point Conception. Hunting seals is a lonely occupation. When not occupying crowded quarters aboard the schooner, the men, all except one officer, the cook and cabin boy, if the vessel has one, take to the small boats in search of the elusive game...”


May 7, 1899 [LAT/SP]: “The little schooner Kate and Anna, which recently returned from a sealing cruise in the waters off Point Conception, is fitting out for an otter-hunting expedition in Alaskan waters. She will probably sail in a day or two.”


September 9, 1899 [SFC]: “The sealing schoonerKate and Anna, which made a $10,000 catch in the Santa Barbara Channel during the early part of the season, reached port yesterday afternoon after a most exciting cruise along the coast of Alaska. The weather was so bad that there was only a few days during the entire voyage that a boat could be lowered. In consequence, not a seal was taken and only one sea otter was killed.”


March 7, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Kate and Anna, Captain Sam Burtis, now on a seal hunting cruise along the coast, came into port yesterday with a sick man. The schooner will sail this morning.”


March 27, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Defender, Jr. and the Kate and Anna, two sealing schooners now in the channel, were in port yesterday for supplies and water.”


May 4, 1900 [SBMP]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Sam Burtis, arrived in port early yesterday morning with 107 seal skins and two otter skins, the result of a several weeks' hunt in the channel. The otter skins form a most valuable part of the cargo, as they are worth from $250 to $500 each. Captain Burtis will soon take his schooner to San Pedro.”


May 8, 1900 [LAH]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna returned from her trip around the islands off Santa Barbara Sunday with 107 seal skins.”


May 16, 1900 [LAH]: “Shipping news. Arrivals since May 7 — ...schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Burtis, from San Nicolas Island, with 107 fur seals...”


May 23, 1900 [LAH]: “Captain S. H. Burtis of the sealing schooner Kate and Anna has bought the sunken gasoline schooner Magic, formerly the old pilot boat Lizzie Belle W, and will go to Santa Rosa, where she was sunk by running on a submerged rock, and proceed to raise her.”

May 24, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Sam Burtis will make the effort to raise the Magic. The wreck of the vessel said to be in very fair condition and worth saving. Captain Sam Burtis, with the schooner Kate and Anna, will make an effort this week to raise the gasoline schooner Magic, wrecked nearly a year ago off the southeast shore of Santa Rosa Island. The wrecked vessel was in crawfish service for the Catalina Conserving Company of this city. She contains valuable machinery, and Captain Burtis, after a thorough inspection of the hull recently, decided that she could be raised, or the engines at least saved, and he accordingly purchased the wreck from the underwriters at San Francisco. Captain Burtis will begin the task at once.”


May 25, 1900 [LAT]/SP]: “Captain Burtis sailed from this port Wednesday with the schooner Kate and Anna, intending to make an attempt to recover the power sloop Magic, which was sunk last year off Santa Rosa Island. The Magic was formerly the Lizzie Belle W…”


May 27, 1900 [SBMP]: “The schooner, Kate and Anna, reached port yesterday from San Pedro. The crew went on a spree just before sailing time, and Captain Sam Burtis worked the schooner alone from San Pedro, and was two or three days on the voyage. Today the boat will go to Santa Rosa Island with the intention of raising the wrecked gasoline schooner, Magic.”


May 28, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Kate and Anna left for Santa Rosa Island today with a cargo of empty oil barrels and a crew of five men to fish for seals.”


June 6, 1900 [SBMP]: “The schooner, Kate and Anna, Captain Burtis, returned yesterday from unsuccessful attempts to raise the gasoline schooner Magic, wrecked off that island nearly a year ago. It was found that the Magic was filled with sand, and Captain Burtis will go to San Pedro to secure a diver and arrange to sand pump the vessel if possible. He still has hopes of saving the Magic.”


June 7, 1900 [LAT]: “The schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Sam Burtis, returned from her wrecking cruise near Santa Rosa Island last night. Captain Burtis brought away the masts and rigging of the sunken Magic, but cannot raise the hulk until the sand is removed from her. The Kate and Anna will sail for San Diego in a few days.”


June 25, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Kate and Anna left yesterday for Santa Rosa Island to try to raise the schooner Magic.”


June 26, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Sam Burtis, with his schooner Kate and Anna, left yesterday for Santa Rosa Island to make another attempt to raise the sunk gasoline schooner Magic, or at least to save the machinery. Captain Burtis is provided with a diver’s suit and apparatus, and will himself act the diver’s part. He experimented with the suit Sunday for the first time, and went down in three fathoms of water with good success.”


June 26, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Kate and Anna left yesterday for Santa Rosa Island to try to raise the schooner Magic.”


June 30, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Sam Burtis returned from Santa Rosa Island Thursday night with his schooner, Kate and Anna, having been unable to save but a small portion of the machinery of the wrecked gasoline schooner Magic. The hold of the Magic is filled with sand, and even with the assistance of a diver's suit, little could be done. The Kate and Anna, has returned to San Pedro.”


October 24, 1900 [LAH]: “San Pedro. October 23. The little schooner Kate and Anna, which has been in the sealing business for quite awhile, is also laid up for the winter. She arrived here from San Nicolas Island last May, with 107 seal skins and two otter skins, and has been here ever since. The season was not a good one, by reason of the scarcity of seals and otters, and it was concluded to await the opening of another season before starting out on another cruise.”


January 4, 1901 [LAT]: “San Pedro. Nearly a block was burned clear of buildings… When it was seen that the solidly built block south of Fifth Street was threatened, Captain Charles Walker of the sealing schooner Kate and Anna volunteered to play a hose stream on the building on the south side of Fifth Street…”


January 14, 1901 [LAT/SB]: “Bloody schooner at Santa Barbara. Awful work done by a maniac sailor. He attempted to kill the captain, fatally cut the cook and nearly severed his own head from his body. The schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Walker, arrived from Santa Rosa Island today. She reports that Mike O’Brien, a seal hunter, ran amuck aboard the vessel Saturday morning. He made a vicious attempt to kill Captain Walker with a knife and succeeded in cutting the cook badly in the region of the heart, the wound probably being fatal. He then cut his own throat, dying on the deck. He slashed his throat until his head was nearly severed from the body. The schooner arrived here at 6 o’clock this evening for medical aid for the cook and captain, and to deliver the body of O’Brien to the morgue.”


January 14, 1901 SBDI]: “Mike O’Brien attempts murder and commits suicide in channel. Attacks captain and cook of the schooner Kate and Anna and cuts his own throat, almost severing head from body — cook stabbed near the heart. The sealing schooner Kate and Anna of San Francisco arrived in port Sunday night, bringing the body of Mike O’Brien of this city, to be turned over to the coroner, and for medical aid for Captain Charles W. Walker and the ship’s cook, Steve Brennen. O’Brien had taken his own life, and had attempted to murder the captain and cook last Saturday morning as the vessel lay at anchor off the east end of Santa Rosa Island. Captain Walker reported that O’Brien ran amuck aboard the schooner Saturday morning. He drew a knife and attacked the captain, who escaped him by running below to his cabin. O’Brien then turned on the cook, who interfered when the captain was attacked. In the struggle the crazed man buried his knife in the cook’s breast near the heart. He held the blade there, turning and twisting it, until the cook, with an utmost effort, pushed him away. Still holding the knife in his grasp, the blade was withdrawn. The cook reeled forward while O’Brien rushed madly aft of the vessel. As he ran he began slashing his own throat with the bloody knife…”


January 15, 1901 [SBMP]: With bloody decks, one man dead and another wounded, the sealing schooner Kate and Anna came into port Sunday night from Santa Rosa Island. The dead man was Miguel O'Brien, a seaman. The wounded man was Steve Brannen, the cook. Brannen's wound is in his breast near the heart. It was inflicted by O'Brien with a small pocket knife, the same with which he afterward cut his own throat, nearly severing the head.


January 15, 1901 [SBDI]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna cleared this port this morning, returning to Santa Rosa Island to pick up her hunting boats that were left behind on the east end of the island, when the exciting event of last Saturday morning took place and the schooner left in haste for Santa Barbara, to bring the body of Mike O’Brien, the seal hunter who committed suicide aboard, to the coroner here. The cook, Steve Brennen, who was stabbed in the breast by O’Brien, was well enough this morning to accompany the vessel on the return trip. Captain Charles W. Walker, who also was attacked by the crazed sailor and hunter, continued in command of the vessel. The three hunting boats carried by the Kate and Ann will be painted and overhauled, and when ready a fur seal hunting cruise in the channel waters and about the Channel Islands will begin. Captain Walker reported that fur seals are ore plentiful among the Southern California coast now than for several years past. The funeral of Mike O’Brien took place this morning from the Parochial church.”


January 15, 1901 [LAT/SB]: “An inquest was held this morning over the self-mutilated body of Miguel O’Brien, the sailor who attempted to murder his shipmates on the schooner Kate and Anna, near Santa Rosa Island on Saturday morning. The vessel was in command of Captain Charles W. Walker. She had put into Santa Rosa Island from San Pedro to paint her boats, preparatory to a voyage. At noon on Friday, O’Brien, who had been working ashore on the boats, complained of being dizzy. He was told by the captain to stay aboard. During the afternoon he lay in his berth. In the evening the captain went down to see him and O’Brien said that the captain and crew wanted to cut him up for crawfish bait. This put Captain Walker on his guard and he sat up with the crazy man until midnight, when he was relieved by the mate, who sat up till dawn. About 5 A.M., the mate went to bed, and the cook went on deck. He was followed in a few minutes by O’Brien who stood in the stern and appeared to be contemplating jumping overboard. The cook attempted to restrain him, but was attacked. It was rather dark and the cook did not see the knife until he was stabbed about an inch below the heart. After stabbing the cook, O’Brien ran forward, striking at Captain Walker, who looked out of the hatch as he passed. He stopped in the bow and slashed his throat, then ran aft and fell down in the companionway…The dead man was a native of Santa Barbara, about 30 years old. Relatives have taken charge of the body. About two years ago, while drunk, O’Brien attempted to commit suicide in the City Jail.”


January 16, 1901 [SBMP]: “The schooner Kate and Anna, left port yesterday morning for Santa Rosa Island. The cook, Brannen, who was stabbed by O'Brien, the crazy sailor who afterwards committed suicide, is considered out of danger.”


March 12, 1901 [SBDI]: “The sealing schooner Kate and Anna, Captain W. Walker, came into port last evening for supplies and water. The schooner has been cruising about the channel and islands in search of seals and otters. On her last visit here the Kate and Anna had a gruesome tale of an attempted murder and a suicide at sea. Mike O’Brien had tried to kill the cook of the vessel after which he cut his own throat from ear to ear. The coroner’s verdict was that O’Brien was insane at the time. After the inquest the schooner resumed her hunting trip. The schooner sailed again this morning, to resume hunting about the islands. Members of the crew reported that they were having a very successful trip.”


May 15, 1901 [LAT]: “The little schooner Kate and Anna, Captain C. Walker, has returned to port after having spent four months in a sealing cruise. She did not have a good run of luck, and brought only twenty-two skins. The Kate and Anna had been out only a few days when Michael O’Brien, one of the hunters, cut his throat, and died on deck. The vessel put into Santa Barbara. After the Coroner’s inquest, she returned to the pursuit of the seals. All of those taken were female. The skins are said to be in good condition. In common with other American sealing schooners, the Kate and Anna operated under an American law which discriminates in favor of British sealers. Under the treaty provisions all persons are prohibited during the months of May, June and July from taking fur seals in the waters off the Pacific coast north of 35 degrees north latitude, which is not far from Point Conception. There is a law of the United States, however, which at all times of year restricts Americans from taking seals in the waters north of that latitude, but does not restrict British vessels from taking seals in those waters. The result is that an American sealing schooner operating off the coast of her own country is restricted to the waters where seals are scarce, while foreigners may pursue the furred denizens of the sea over the grounds where American sealers are forbidden. The Kate and Anna will be beached and repaired. It is probable that she will start off on another cruise about the middle of next month. Patrick Sullivan, a San Pedro man who was in the schooner’s crew, came ashore sick and was sent to the United States marine Hospital ward of the Sisters’ Hospital in Los Angeles for treatment.”


May 16, 1901 [SBMP]: “The sailing schooner Kate and Anna has returned to San Pedro after an unprofitable cruise. She only brought back twenty-two skins. The Kate and Anna had been out only a few days when Michael O'Brien, one of the hunters, cut his throat, and died on the deck. The vessel put into Santa Barbara. After the coroner’s inquest, she returned to the pursuit of seals. All of those taken were females. The skins are said to be in good condition… The Kate and Anna will be beached and repaired. It is probable that she will start on another cruise about the middle of next month.”


June 19, 1901 [LAH]: “The Kate and Anna, Captain Lutgens, cleared today for a four months’ cruise near Gray’s Harbor in search of otters. She came in recently on a sealing expedition, having obtained about forty seal furs.”

June 24, 1901 [SBDI]:Kate and Anna in port again. The sealing schooner Kate and Anna, Captain Walker, which had been cruising off the southern coast of the state in quest of seal and otter, put into port early this morning. The schooner is short of hunters and will endeavor to ship two from here. The Kate and Anna has been in port on several occasions. Some months ago she put in here to report a tragedy on the high seas. Mike O’Brien, one of the crew, who was shipped from this port, after making a murderous attack on the cook of the vessel, cut his own throat from ear to ear. The body of the suicide was taken ashore here, and an inquest held over the remains. Many rumors of foul play were circulated, but nothing was brought out at the inquest, and the vessel proceeded from here to one of the Channel Islands, where a few needed repairs were made. The Kate and Anna in her best days was considered a very lucky boat and has paid for herself many times over, but the last few years, the owners say, she has been a losing proposition.”


April 17, 1902 [SBMP]: “The schooner Restless, arriving from San Miguel Island yesterday morning, brought the report of the wreck of the sealing schooner, Kate and Anna, Captain Lutjers, in Cuyler's Harbor on San Miguel Island April 9th. The Kate and Anna had been out from San Francisco since January 20 hunting seal and otter. On the afternoon of the 9th, the vessel was in the vicinity of Cuyler's Harbor and made for that shelter to escape a hard northwest blow. Anchor was dropped at about one o'clock in the afternoon, and Captain Lutjers was taking advantage of the first opportunity in several days to write up his log, when word was brought to him that the anchor chain had parted, and the schooner was being driven on the rocks. The cable was a heavy one, and under ordinary circumstances would not have broken. It is supposed that it caught in some manner on a sharp rock and snagged. Captain Lutjers ordered the jib up in hopes of gaining control of the schooner, but there was little room for maneuvers, and the Kate and Ann was drawing near the shoals. Finally he pointed her for the sand beach, in order to avoid the rocks, and succeeded in driving her on shore. The tide was three hours from the high, and for those three hours the Kate and Ann pounded on the sand. Knowing that there was little hope of saving her, the Captain and men went ashore and were given shelter at the island home of Captain W. G. Waters. The men had left the schooner in a hurry, taking noting with them. Most of them were wet through when they reached the house and made a sorry sight. They were given every comfort possibly, however, and Captain Lutjers when seen yesterday, expressed great pleasure and much gratitude for the friendly assistance held out by Captain Waters. The morning following the beaching of the Kate and Ann, the schooner was found half filled with sand, and on Tuesday, when the Restless sailed, the schooner was breaking up, with sand within six inches of the port deck. She will be a total loss. The schooner is owned by Captain Lutjers, who places his loss at over $2000 on the schooner, and about $1000 on the equipment. He also lost three valuable fur seal skins. There was some insurance on the schooner and outfit. They succeeded in taking some of the clothing, guns, etc., the day after the wreck. The Kate and Ann was a thirty-ton schooner, and had been in the sealing business for several years. She was well known in the Santa Barbara channel. The officers and crew numbered six men, as follows: C. C. Lutjers, captain and owner; Harry Wilkes, mate; Henry Sterling, second mate; William THomas, hunter; John Lundberg, cook; and Herman Roemer, seaman. ”


April 17, 1902 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara, April 16. The schooner Restless, arriving today from San Miguel Island, brings news of the wrecking of the sealing schooner Kate and Anna in Cuyler’s Harbor, on the island of San Miguel, on April 9. The schooner had been put into the harbor to escape a hard northwest gale. The anchor chain parted and the vessel was driven on the beach. Captain Lutjens and the crew of six men, reached shore in safety. The Kate and Anna filled with sand and was going to pieces when the Restless sailed yesterday. She was a thirty-ton boat, plying from San Francisco, and owned by Captain Lutjens.”


April 17, 1902 [LAT/SB]:Kate and Anna wrecked. The sealing schooner Kate and Anna was wrecked in Cuyler’s Harbor, on San Miguel Island, the 9th inst. The schooner had put into the harbor to get out of a hard northwest blow. The anchor chain parted, and the vessel was driven on the beach. Captain Lutjers and the crew, six men all told, reached shore in safety by swimming through the breakers, but lost everything. The Kate and Anna filled with sand, and was going to pieces when the schooner Restless sailed yesterday. She was a thirty-ton boat, home port San Francisco, Lutjers owner. The loss is over $3000. The Kate and Anna was one of the best-known vessels in southern waters and has an interesting history. For several years she has been a source of considerable concern to the revenue officers, as it was thought that she was connected with shady transactions in violation of the revenue and immigration laws. Several times she was overhauled by the revenue cutters, and for days at a time she was closely watched, but no conclusive evidence was ever obtained to prove that the Kate and Ann ever smuggled either opium or Chinese into the United Sates territory from British Columbia.”


Fenruary 27, 2020 [Independent]: “The Kate and Anna had been out hunting seal and otter when, on April 9, 1902, she made for the shelter of Cuyler’s Harbor on San Miguel Island during a particularly nasty northwester storm. There, her anchor chain broke, and she was quickly beached. “Knowing that there was little hope of saving her, [Captain C. C. Lutjens] and his men went ashore and were given shelter at the island home of Captain W. G. Waters,” reads a Santa Barbara Morning Press article at the time. “The men had left the schooner in a hurry, taking nothing with them. Most of them were wet through when they reached the house and made a sorry sight. They were given every comfort possible.” The Kate and Anna had been well-known in Santa Barbara waters even before her last voyage. A year earlier, she made headlines in town when one of her crew tried to murder the ship’s cook. And for several years before that, she was suspected of smuggling opium and Chinese immigrants from British Columbia, though the allegations were never proven. ”