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Leon (#) (-1894), wooden-hulled sailing craft that was wrecked enroute to or on San Nicolas Island in October 1894. [Swanson, History of the Fishing Industry, 80-81]



In the News~

October 10, 1894 [San Francisco Examiner]: “Their Fate In Doubt. Four Prominent San Pedro Men Thought to Have Been Drowned. Los Angeles, October 9.—Much excitement prevails at San Pedro over the supposed loss by drowning of four prominent residents of that place who left on Saturday in the little sloop Leon, bound for San Nicholas [sic] Island. The party consisted of The party consisted of Postmaster James H. Dodson, N. O. Anderson, Mr. Brandt and Captain Alexander Smith, who was in charge of the yacht. It was their intention to spend a week on the cruise and no one would have suspected an accident had not a squall arisen on the second day out. It is reported that on Saturday a passing steamer sighted the sloop which seemed to be in distress. The steamer spoke to the vessel, which lay to off Point Dume between San Pedro and Los Angeles, but the signal was given "No help needed," and the steamer passed on. In a short time, however, a terrific gale arose, increasing to almost a hurricane toward evening, and sea-going folks say it was impossible for the Leon to live through such a blow. No one seems to know, however, the name of the steamer which spoke to the Leon, or if they do they keep it very quiet. The San Pedro people became alarmed today and Customs Inspector Del Valle dispatched a boat at once to make a search for wreckage. Up to a late hour tonight, however, no word has been received from the search party and it may be several days before the fate of the missing men can be decided.”


October 11, 1894 [Evansville Journal]: “Went A-Sailing. Four Prominent Citizens of Los Angeles Missing. Los Angeles, Cal., Oct. 10.—Much excitement prevails at San Pedro over the supposed loss by drowning of a party of four citizens who left that harbor last Saturday in the sloop Leon, bound for San Nicolas Island. The party consisted of Postmaster James H. Dodson, N. O. Anderson, businessman and a laborer named Brant and Capt. Alexander Smith, who was in charge of the sloop. The party started out for a week's cruise. A squall came up on the second day and it is reported that the sloop was sighted by a passing steamer. She seemed to be in distress. A party is now out searching for wreckage.”


October 11, 1894 [Bismark Tribune]: “Four Californians Drowned. Los Angeles, Cal., Oct. 11.—Much excitement prevails at San Pedro over the supposed loss by drowning of a party of four citizens who left that harbor last Saturday in the sloop Leon, bound for San Nicolas Island. A squall came upon the second day and it is reported that the sloop was sighted by a passing steamer, and seemed to be in distress.”