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La Paloma (#140923) (1888-1916+), 42-foot wood-hulled sloop built in Wilmington, California for the Bannings. It was built with the development of Santa Catalina Island in mind.



In the News~

July 8, 1888 [LAH]: “Mr. Hancock Banning's new yacht, La Paloma, arrived at San Pedro yesterday, after a pleasant two weeks' cruise off the southern coast. The party on board consisted of Messrs. Hancock Banning, Fred Griffiths, Phil Glossa, Dick Lacy, Frank Polley, Charles Strange and John Schumacher, and report that they enjoyed the jaunt immensely.”


July 30, 1888 [LAH]: “Hancock Banning's new yacht, La Paloma, which ties up at Wilmington harbor, is among the new-comers still the admired of all admirers. With her snow white canvas and stately masts, she is a thing of beauty, ergo a joy forever, or at least a perpetual joy to her owner and those whose pleasure 'tis to be her crew or passengers. Yesterday was a quiet day for the La Paloma; beyond being exercised in the inner bay, like a favorite courser training for the track, she made no voyage.”


June 24, 1889 [DAC]: “Banning's new yacht, La Paloma, was seen in the bay yesterday. She arrived from San Diego last Friday and has been lying at Sausalito. She had a short brush with the Linda and did not appear to to have the remarkable sailing qualities hew owners claim for her...”


July 25, 1889 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The harbor was full of yachts… followed by La Paloma, manned by Hancock Banning, Dr. Ainsworth, J. Meredith, William Lacy and L. T. Allen…”


August 11, 1889 [LAH]: “Mr. Hancock Banning and a small party of friends started for a weeks' cruise in his yacht La Paloma on Tuesday last. They go to Catalina and will cruise around the island. The party consists of Miss Susie Patton, Miss Annie Smith, Miss Lola Glassell, Miss Sophia Lacy, Miss Maud Sullivan, Miss Gibbs, the Lacy brothers, Mr. Phillip Glassell, Mr. Guy Bartham, Mr. Glassell Patton, Mr. Banning and others.”


August 17, 1889 [LAH]: “Frank Schumacher and Hancock Banning swam ashore from the yacht La Paloma.


September 8, 1889 [LAH]: “Sunday the Rambler was met by Captain Hancock Banning in his yacht La Paloma. The Captain, with his usual hospitality, invited the Rambler's passengers into his yacht, where a delicious luncheon was spread.”


June 20, 1890 [LAT/SCat]: “The Aggie, La Paloma and San Diego are flying their colors here [Santa Catalina Island], besides several yachts.”


July 14, 1890 [LAT/SCat]: “There were several yachts in the [Avalon] bay yesterday. Among them were the San Diego, the Nellie, La Paloma and the sloop Hattie.”


June 17, 1891 [LAT/SP]: “Departures — June 15, sloop La Paloma, Hancock Banning, for Catalina and Anacapa islands fishing party..."


May 31, 1892 [LAT]: “Catalina Yacht Club… At San Pedro the yachts La Paloma, Lizzie Bell, Rambler and T. Ellis, gaily bedecked with colors and bunting, were boarded be the members of the club and invited guests, with Captain Banning in charge of the first…”


June 1893 [The Californian IV:1 (3-4)]: “Yachting in Southern California by Walter Mayhew …Several yacht clubs have been established from time to time in Southern California waters, but at present the fleet of Los Angeles County sails under the flag of the Catalina Yacht Club that was organized in 1892. This fleet includes among its vessels the fastest yachts on the Pacific coast… Among the most notable of the fleet is La Paloma, a beautiful sloop owned by Hancock Banning, one of the owners of Santa Catalina Island and the leading spirit in this sport. La Paloma is distinctively a racer, and has made a record equaled by no other yacht on this coast. La Paloma was built at San Pedro, and in 1889 went to San Diego to meet the yachts of the San Francisco and Pacific Yacht Clubs, and was there classed with the Annie and Sappho, beating them both — coming in fourteen minutes ahead of the Annie and twenty minutes ahead of the SapphoLa Paloma is a sloop of graceful lines resting on the water, a veritable picture, and under sail, a thing of beauty in all the term applies…”


September 30, 1895 [LAH]: “Power yacht La Paloma (22 tons)) leaves San Pedro 10:20 A.M. daily except Sunday. Good accommodations on the island. Enquire W.T.Co. [Wilmington Transportation Company], 222 Spring Street.


March 1, 1896 [SFC]: “Los Angeles, February 29. Collector Gaffey, Deputy Harkness and Major Harry Patton left this morning on the steamer Hermosa for San Clemente Island on a hunt for smugglers. Collector Gaffey heard some days ago that an attempt would be made to land a number of smuggled Chinese and opium on the island from an Asiatic steamer. It was reported that a San Francisco yacht was hovering about the island waiting for a chance to take the coolies ashore. It was said that the yacht had a large crew on board, and some reports had it that a Maxim gun was seen glittering back of the rail. Gaffey’s force consisted of eight men, all well armed, for, as a matter of fact, the trip is not at all a joke. The success of the smugglers in landing their Chinese means a profit of upward of $100,000, as there are supposed to be about 100 coolies as well as a large amount of opium. Mr. Gaffey was informed that the San Francisco men were a determined lot, and he was warned to take no chances with them if they offered the least resistance. The expedition will, on arriving in Catalina, be transferred to Hancock Banning’s yacht, La Paloma, and will sail at once for San Clemente.”


March 8, 1896 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. …The yachts La Paloma and Linda make trips to Seal Rocks, the Isthmus and other points of interest whenever visitors desire…”


June 24, 1896 [LAH]: “Avalon, June 23. — Monday was a lively day for excursion parties, the largest being a party who visited the Isthmus on the speedy yacht La Paloma, and from there by stage eight miles to Little Harbor hotel, on the opposite side of the island.”


June 25, 1896 [LAH]: “Invitations are out for the first outing of the Catalina Yacht Club. They will leave San Pedro on the fast yacht La Paloma on Friday. Saturday they will take yachting trips and in the evening a grand ball will be given.”


July 4, 1896 [LAH]: “The fast power yacht La Paloma sailed away from Avalon yesterday morning for the isthmus, which lies fifteen miles distant. From there they took the stage coach, with six horses attached, the ribbons being held by that chief of California stage drivers, George Greeley, for the Little Harbor Inn, which lies eight miles away, on the opposite side of the island. The highest point to which the stage ascends overlooks the ocean on both sides, with the deep blue sea 1200 feet below, a good view of San Clemente twenty-eight miles to the south, Santa Barbara, San Nicolas and the mainland could be had. The trip was enjoyed by Mrs. Emma Northrup of Milwaukee, Miss Sarah Ping of Burlington, In., Miss G. E. Eggleston of Upper Sandusky, O., Mrs. M. E. Jenkins and Miss Grace Jenkins of Lincoln, Ill., W. E. Waddell and Robert C. Root of Ontario, Cal., Henry G. Hill of Allegheny, Pa., Dr. W. G. Schlosser, Captain and Mrs. Sennett and Mrs. Kuhl of Santa Clara, Cal., John L. Haller of New Orleans, La., W. B. Flower was the photographer of the party and made some fine views. Several whales were encountered and Mr. George Schaffer, assistant cashier of the First National Bank, hauled in some fine barracuda while trolling.”


July 18, 1896 [LAH]: “Alexander Smith is to go as mate on board the steamer Hermosa, and John Norby as captain on the yacht La Paloma; both vessels belong to the Wilmington Transportation Company.”


July 25, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Paloma is expected to arrive here tomorrow with a jolly crowd of excursionists, among them being Clay Gooding, C. Wigmore, O. Wedemeyer, J. W. Barnes and George Noble.”


August 13, 1896 [LAH]: “Avalon, Aug. 12 — Today's game of baseball at Camp Banning was a great drawing card, and hundreds of people witnessed it, going by boats of all kinds and sizes, and some walking over the trail. The beautiful and fast power yacht La Paloma carried the majority of them.”


September 3, 1896 [LAH]: “A goodly number of people continue to arrive daily on the Hermosa, though travel is not so heavy as it was in August. It is hard to account for this, as September is always the hottest and most sultry month of the year in Los Angeles... The trip to the isthmus by water on the beautiful power yacht La Paloma and from the isthmus to Little Harbor hotel, located on the opposite side of the island on a bluff, where one can hear the breakers roar and see the spray of the waves, which dash themselves against the rocks below, is a favorite amusement of many guests.”


September 9, 1896 [LAH]: “Those taking the trip to the isthmus on the fast steam yacht La Paloma and stage trip to the Little Harbor hotel were Miss Nellie Platt, Miss A. Dorr, Los Angeles; Mrs. C. G. Lopez, San Gabriel; A. F. Moreno, Miss D. Dorr, C. W. Jargstorff, Dr. J. C. Parr, C. W. Chase, Mrs. J. Parr, Mr. and Mrs. J. Hutchins, R. Edgar, Los Angeles; V. C. Harvey, New York; Carmecita Lopez, C. R. Pierce, Pasadena.”


September 24, 1896 [LAH]: “Avalon, Sept. 23,— Messrs. J. A. Graves, H. E. Graves, Los Angeles; William E. Harris, John L. Petrie, New York, and F. W. Henshaw of Oakland, who have been stopping at the Metropole, left this morning on a week's fishing trip to San Clemente Island on the La Paloma.


April 27, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “Assistant United States government boiler inspector Bulger of San Francisco inspected the gasoline boats La Paloma, the Dawn and Lizzie Belle W, finding them over fifteen tons register. He condemned them for passenger service in accordance with the new law which took effect April 1, i.e., no gas engine boat over fifteen tons register is to be allowed to carry passengers… La Paloma, a beautifully-modeled twenty-two ton sloop-rigged (with a gas engine) vessel, has been used in carrying passengers to Avalon. She is owned by the Banning Company…”


December 25, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “The Wilmington Transportation power yacht La Paloma, Captain Smith, arrived from San Clemente Island this morning. She had on board the crew of the schooner Minnie [Minna], which was wrecked last week. The Minnie, a small schooner of twenty-seven tons, Captain William Gerald in command, belongs in San Diego. She left that port some three weeks ago with a crew of one seaman and a cook. On the morning of Saturday, December 18, a squall was encountered and the Minnie was overturned. Fortunately as small skiff was being towed at the stern of the vessel. The captain and the crew swam the heavy sea to the boat and with the greatest difficulty freed it from the schooner. They had scarcely got into it when the Minnie went down. She was about thirteen miles east-southeast of San Clemente Island at the time, to which the shipwrecked crew pulled their way. They reached the island in such an exhausted condition that they could not pull the skiff ashore, so they left it in the shallow water on the beach. After resting a few hours the men walked about the island until they came upon some Mexican sheepherders who fed them. They learned that they had walked fourteen miles from the east end of the island. They went from there to Gallagher’s place, a distance of seven miles, on horses that the Mexicans had lent them. They remained there for four days and as good fortune would have it, La Paloma put in to Gallagher’s landing and they were brought here in that yacht. The men were barefooted, and their feet were full of cuts and bruises from the long walk over the island. They left here today for San Diego on the steamer Alexander Duncan.”


January 9, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “A Mr. Jennings, from the East, went to Catalina this morning on the Warrior. From Avalon he will take the yacht Paloma and visit the rock formations about Catalina and Clemente islands. He is supposed to be an intending bidder on the harbor breakwater.”


January 14, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “While in the channel between this port and Avalon Wednesday, the power yacht La Paloma was disabled. The California Fish Company’s power sloop Alpha brought in the news, and the tug Warrior was sent out to bring in the disabled vessel.”


January 16, 1898 [LAT/SCat]: “A.M. Jennings of New York, a builder of breakwaters and jetties, who expects to bid on the San Pedro Harbor work, chartered the Paloma Monday, and, accompanied by John Lesher of Baltimore, visited San Clemente to inspect the rock there. They also went to Empire Landing to view the Catalina quarries.”


January 29, 1898 [LAT]: “Major Charles E. L. B. Davis of San Francisco, the government engineer who will open the bids for the San Pedro breakwater on February 10… has been anxious to visit the islands of Santa Catalina and Clemente for a personal inspection of the rock to be found at those quarries… On Thursday he chartered La Paloma, and accompanied by six contractors and J. B. Banning, left Avalon for Clemente at 7 A.M. The party landed at Gallagher’s…”


February 2, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “Visits to San Clemente Island of supposed pending bidders for the breakwater are still being made. One party went over Monday on La Paloma, and another went today on the Clemente.”


September 21, 1898 [LAT/SCat]: “The La Paloma, with Captain Trefathen in charge, arrived at Avalon… Then La Paloma put out for San Clemente where Mr. Neu is going to inspect the government stone quarries, where the rock will be obtained for building the harbor…”


September 23, 1898 [LAT/SCat]: “The launch La Paloma arrived here yesterday afternoon from San Clemente Island, where she went Tuesday. On board were P. W. Neu and party, who visited San Clemente to inspect the stone quarries to be used for the San Pedro breakwater…”