Lizzie Belle W

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Lizzie Belle W (#106961)(1889-1899) , 46.3-foot wood-hulled two-masted gasoline schooner. She was purchased by Andrea Larco from David W. Weldt and brought to Santa Barbara in 1896 where she was used for several years to take parties to the islands. The last year of her life she was owned by the Catalina Conserving Company which used her to service lobster camps around the islands. Lizzie Belle W, renamed Magic, was lost on October 11, 1899 when she went on the rocks in twenty feet of water on the east end of Santa Rosa Island.

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In the News~

June 9, 1890 [LAT/SP]: “Arrived. June 8th, Lizzie Belle W, D. Weldt, forty-eight hours from San Francisco.”


July 7, 1891 [LAT]: “…Early Thursday morning they were received on board the Lizzie Belle W, commanded by Captain David W. Weldt, and a stauncher yacht, a more careful trusty captain cannot be found in any way. The captain is pilot of the port, and is a wide-awake, live American…”


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…”


December 25, 1893 [LAT]: “The members of Los Angeles Parlor No. 45, Native Sons of the Golden West, yesterday were the guests of Captain D. W. Weldt, past president of Palos Verdes Parlor No. 190, of San Pedro, and were treated to a fine sailing excursion in the captain’s swift pilot boat, the Lizzie Belle W. The Lizzie Belle W is the fastest craft of her size on the coast…”


October 18, 1894 [LAH]: “San Pedro, October 17. The Leone, Captain Aleck Smith, came into port safely about 8 o'clock on Tuesday evening. This is the boat of which there ware so many conflicting rumors of shipwreck and drowning. A party consisting of Jim Dodson, our postmaster, N. O. Anderson, a prominent businessman, T. R. Breat and the gallant captain left here on the 6th inst. for a 10 days' cruise among the islands. They first visited Santa Barbara Island, remaining there one night; from there to St. Nicolas, remaining one day and one night. They report this as a most dry, barren and dismal place, and the sand blowing so as to give the island the appearance of being enveloped in fog when seen from a distance. It will be of interest to future visitors to know that at the northwest end of the island are three good streams of running water flowing directly into the ocean. Numerous traces of volcanic eruption are to bee seen, and on higher portions of the island Indian mounds and relics are to be found. An interesting souvenir of the ill-fated steamer Los Angeles was here discovered in the shape of a box of butter, which had been shipped from Cayucos to San Francisco, and bore a brand resembling a boat's oarlock. The butter, considering it was 300 miles away from the scene of the disaster and had been floating about for nearly five months, was in excellent condition, a heavy mold on top being, seemingly, all that harmed it, although none of the voyagers were brave enough to taste it. From San Nicolas they sailed to San Clemente, spending one night at Northwest Harbor, one at Mosquito Harbor and one at Smugglers Cove. They shot some goats here, but report fishing a failure, probably because they sailed without bait. They say Jim Dodson can descry a goat at a greater distance than can any other living man, but the genial Jim denies the allegation. From Clemente they went to Catalina, staying over at Avalon, from which, they say, the visitors have now nearly all departed. The only vessel they sighted whilst gone was the Lizzie Belle W, San Pedro's pilot boat, anchored Dume Cove. From Avalon they steered a straight course home, and were surprised to find that they had been drowned and given up as lost during their absence, but glad to have escaped a trip to Davey Jones' locker.”


August 8, 1895 [LAT/SCat]: “…Deputy District Attorney W. P. James took the following party out for an afternoon sail on the Lizzie Belle yesterday…”

August 10, 1895 [LAT]: “Mr. James has been one of the ring leaders in a jolly crew of legal lights who have been ‘sailing the ocean blue’ in the good ship Lizzie Bell for the past week, fishing in the waters around Santa Catalina, and landing every evening around Avalon for a dance at the Pavillion.”


August 11, 1895 [LAT/SCat]: “Judge D. C. Morrison, his clerk, W. W. Everett, and his court attorney, W. P. James, took a party of friends on a trip to Silver Canyon on the yacht Lizzie Belle…”


June 23, 1896 [LAT]: “Evan James… and Mrs. James née Maud Hazel Curlett, returned Sunday from their wedding trip. They were married at sea last Thursday off Dead Man’s Island by David Weldt, master pilot of the schooner Lizzie B. W'…”


June 26, 1896 [LAT/VC]: “The first outward evidence of the G. A. R. encampment reached this city this morning in the shape of 200 tents for use on the plaza… Captain David Weldt of San Pedro has applied for dockage for a schooner yacht, which he proposes to keep in the harbor during the encampment…”


July 11, 1896 [LAT/SP]: “A party of about twenty Los Angeles men will start from here on the 18th inst. On a pleasure trip on the power yacht Lizzie Belle W, Captain David Wedlt. The party will cruise about the islands and return on August 1.”


July 31, 1896 [LAT/SCat]: “The sharp ringing of the bell, followed by the boom of the wharf cannon yesterday afternoon, announced the approach of a strange yacht. It proved to be the Lizzie Belle W, with the party of Los Angeles young people on board…”


August 1, 1896 [LAT/SP]: “The gasoline schooner Lizzie Belle W, Captain David W. Weldt, arrived Thursday noon after being thirteen days out with a party of Los Angeles and Pasadena men. They visited Santa Barbara and the islands and brought numerous skulls and other relics from San Nicolas. The members of the party were: W. N. Bowen, Ernest Sutton, John H. Train, John A. Kingsley, Fred A. Hines, W. H. White, R. F. Vogel, Homer P. Earle, Hyde Price, Fred Renshaw, H.L. Cornish, W. N. Lathom, Gay Lewis, J. H. Martin, C. J. Forbush, E. C. Conger, W. J. Lundy, Fred G. Ludlow, George Lightfoot, Fred Peterson.”


August 2, 1896 [LAT/LB]: “A meeting is called for tonight to consider whether or not the boat Lizzie Belle W will be permitted to make the advertised excursion to Catalina tomorrow unquestioned. The wharfage or some such plea will be used to prevent any outside boat from coming here, and working against our own vessels by cutting the fare charged for such long trips.”


August 3, 1896 [LAT/LB]: “…A Times reported rowed out to the Lizzie Belle W this morning as she lay off the pier, trying to get up a company for Catalina Island, and interviewed Captain Weldt, whom he found in no very gracious humor because of the treatment accorded him by the wharf authorities at this place. The opinion had become current that this trip was more or less a scheme of the Bannings to cut off local boats from even taking people to Catalina…”


August 15, 1896 [LAT/SP]: “The gasoline yacht Lizzie Belle W has been sold by David W. Weldt to Captain A. Larco of Santa Barbara.”


August 17, 1896 [LAT]: “Captain Larco has purchased the steam yacht Lizzie Belle W, a schooner rigged gasoline boat, for pleasure purposes. The boat is fifty-four feet long, and fifteen feet beam, costing originally $8000.”


August 23, 1896 [LAT]: “Captain Larco’s new gasoline yacht arrived at the dock today at 10 A.M. and will be busy all day tomorrow taking pleasure parties for a skim about the channel. The boat is fifty-four feet long and has twenty-three tons register. She was built expressly for pleasure purposes and will soon be known as ‘the favorite,’ although her name is Lizzie Belle W. The number of good boats owned at Santa Barbara has increased rapidly and there has been a corresponding increase in marine sports.”


August 29, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “The Native Sons… They contemplate chartering Captain Larco’s new yacht, Lizzie Belle W, and taking a party of about forty, including the ladies. They will leave the dock here early on the morning of September 9 and will return late in the evening, making the round trip the same day.”


August 31, 1896 [SBDN]: “There was a party of about 40 young men on Mr. Larco's new gasoline yacht [Lizzie Belle W] yesterday as she made her trip to the islands.”


September 2, 1896 [SBDN]: “Since the advent in our waters of the Lizzie Bell, the Larco gasoline yacht, it has become the fad to take a trip to the island.”


September 2, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “Mr. Doulton and a party of Miramar guests will go to Santa Cruz Island tomorrow, taking in the Painted Cave and other historic points. Captain Larco and his sons will take the party on board the Lizzie Belle W early in the morning, returning home tomorrow evening.”


September 14, 1896 [SBDN]: “About 47 persons took advantage of the beautiful day of yesterday to go to Santa Cruz Island on the gasoline yacht, Lizzie Bell.”


September 14, 1896 [SBDN]: “One of the coming lights of the legal profession intended to go to Santa Cruz Island yesterday with the fishing party and make himself sure of not missing the boat, set his alarm at 4 A.M. Everybody in the house heard the alarm save the follower of Blackstone, and he snored on and dreamed of catching whales and gudgeons until the Lizzie Bell was far on her course.”


September 16, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Larco’s excursions to the islands continue to grow in popularity, and are now of almost daily occurrences. He took a party of fifty on Sunday to Fryer’s [Fry’s] Harbor on a fishing excursion, and last evening he returned with a large and delighted pleasure party from the Painted Cave and other historic points. The only reason the islands have not been a favorite resort in the past is because there has been no suitable pleasure boat. The Lizzie Belle W fills every requirement and is perfectly seaworthy.”


September 17, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “A party of sixty-five have chartered the Lizzie Belle W for a trip to the islands on September 20.”


October 5, 1896 [SBDN]: “The Lizzie Bell, the Larco gasoline yacht, leaves shortly for San Pedro where she goes to undergo repairs. She will be absent from our waters about three weeks.”


October 27, 1896 [SBDN]: “The yacht Lizzie Belle W is on her way to Santa Barbara from San Pedro.”


October 28, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Larco arrived in port last night from San Pedro with the Lizzie Belle W, all painted, trimmed and rigged in grand style.”


November 6, 1896 [LAST/SB]: “The yacht Lizzie Belle W sailed yesterday for Santa Cruz.”


December 1, 1896 [LAT]: “Captain Larco and the Lizzie Belle W are expected home in a few days. The sails that were blown away in the San Pedro storm are now being repaired.”


December 3, 1896 [LAT]: “The gasoline yacht Lizzie Belle W, owned by Captain Larco of Santa Barbara, which had previously been chartered for the occasion, was in the harbor. The captain took out clearance papers at the custom house for Ensenada.”


December 25, 1896 [LAT/SP]: “Yacht Lizzie Belle W, Captain Larco, is in more trouble. She put out from Santa Barbara last Saturday and had the misfortune to break her propeller shaft. After four days of contrary winds she made San Pedro, and is in the inner harbor for repairs. It is expected she will sail from this port to Santa Cruz Island.”


December 25, 1896 [LAH]: “Curio hunters still waiting for transportation home. San Pedro, Dec. 24. — The Belle W, owned by Capt. Larco of Santa Barbara, left several days ago for the Santa Cruz islands to take off some passengers who have been exploring the islands for some time past, gathering up Indian curios. Three days ago the main shaft broke and the Lizzie Belle W' was disabled as far as power was concerned. Then the sails had to be relied upon, and as they has head winds for three days they beat off the coast close to San Pedro. The vessel will remain here until a new shaft can be placed in her.”


January 17, 1897 [LAT]: “It is expected that the Monadnock will leave Monday for ports south. Tomorrow a large number of people will visit the vessel, and the Lizzie Belle will make regular trips to the Monitor in the afternoon.”


April 11, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Stephen Paul, a youth of 17 summers, and Amy Bristow, still younger, were married, to all interests and purposes, yesterday by Captain Larco on the yacht Lizzie Belle W, beyond the three-mile limit, so far as our beach line is concerned… The Lizzie Belle W will shortly leave for San Pedro for a thorough painting and overhauling preparatory to the summer business. Andrew Larco, Jr. will go with her…”


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… The Lizzie Belle W is practically a new vessel, being originally a sailing yacht, but afterward has a gas engine put in her. She is owned by Captain Larco of Santa Barbara…”


April 29, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Larco’s power yacht, the Lizzie Belle W, has struck a legal snag which will probably interfere a good deal with her usefulness, and the pleasure of many Santa Barbara citizens. She was inspected at San Pedro, where she was taken for an overhauling preparatory for the summer island traffic, by Assistant United States boiler inspector Bulger and condemned for passenger service. This is on account of the new law which provides that no gas engine boat over fifteen tons register shall carry passengers.”


May 23, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “A post office inspector arrived from Los Angeles on tonight’s train, and tomorrow her will measure the new additions to the local fleet in the channel, including Messrs. Newton and Bates’s yachts, Captain Larco’s Lizzie Belle W and others. The new law as to the use of gasoline launches for passenger traffic has made this visit of inspection necessary.”


June 6, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Larco was offering to sell his yacht Lizzie Belle W, but when informed that she could retain gasoline motor power, he withdrew the offer, and will keep her as a pleasure boat. Many parties are booked ahead, to and from the islands.”


June 10, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “The Lizzie Belle W matter is still unsettled.”


June 12, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “The new fixtures for the yacht Lizzie Belle W arrived here last night on the Santa Rosa. Captain Larco also received a dispatch from the commissioners at San Francisco stating that he could carry twenty-five passengers, including his crew of three men, when the boat is legally ready for the sea… The summer promises to be a lively one for the Lizzie Belle W.”


June 15, 1897 [SBMP]: “W. C. Squire, acting attorney for Captain A. Larco, sent yesterday a letter of request, signed by Deputy Collector C. M. Bell to Messrs. Bowles and Phillips of San Francisco, inspectors of hulls and boilers, asking permission to carry forty passengers on the Lizzie Belle W, instead of twenty-five. All requirements of the law have been complied with and the boat will be inspected and will take the Whitney party of thirteen to the islands today.”


June 18, 1897 [SBMP]: “The Lizzie Belle W is now legally rigged, excepting a whistle, and that would have been in place had not the mechanic become seasick and went ashore.”


June 22, 1897 [SBMP]: “Mr. Howard Parsh made a flying visit to Santa Cruz Island Sunday on the Lizzie Belle W returning on the same day. He reports that the camping party is having a most enjoyable time.”


June 23, 1897 [SBMP]: “Mrs. Gussie L. Pierce and her little daughter Gladys leave on the Lizzie Belle W to join the Brown camping party on Santa Cruz Island.”


June 23, 1897 [SBMP]: “…Mr. Bell has not heard from the coast inspectors, Messrs. Bowles and Phillips in regard to Captain Larco’s request for the privilege of carrying forty passengers instead of twenty-five including the crew on the Lizzie Belle W.”


June 24, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “The Genova, towed by the Lizzie Belle W, took J. Metcalf, William Burton, Messrs. Stow, Coles and Joe and Mrs. Moley to Santa Cruz Island this morning where they will camp until Sunday. The camp of Barbareños at the island is large.”


June 27, 1897 [SBMP]: “The following persons left on the Lizzie Belle W this morning to join the party of campers at Santa Cruz Island: Mr. McDuffee, Messrs. Tom and Fred McPherson of Santa Cruz, Mrs. E. F. Rogers, Master Heath Conant, Misses Frankie Metcalf, Maude C. and Mary Dame Kittredge and Mr. Allie Miller.”


June 28, 1897 [SBDN]: “Mr. And Mrs. G. B. Browne, Miss Lillian Charmock, Mrs. Gussie Pierce and Masters Ralph and Earl Browne, who have been spending the past three weeks at Santa Cruz Island, returned to Santa Barbara last evening on the Lizzie Belle W. Mr. Brown reports a rough trip over from the island, both he and Mrs. Browne being almost drowned by a wave that washed over the boat.”


July 1, 1897 [SBMP]: “The Lizzie Belle W' had aboard on her last trip to Santa Cruz Island a party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Duke F. Baxter, Mrs. J. W. Cooper and the Misses Cooper, Miss Ruth McNutt, Miss Hubbard, Mr. and Mrs. George Voorheis, Mr. Coles and Mr. Sherman Stow, Jr.”


July 1, 1897 [SBMP]: “Mayor Whitney, Mr. Yarnell, Mr. McCuen and Mr. Biddle, who have spent the past week at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz canyon, returned yesterday by the Lizzie Belle W. They report good fishing and a most pleasant trip, but were somewhat hampered in their designs by rough weather which prevented sailing.”


July 1, 1897 [SBDI]: “Twenty campers from Cueva Valdez arrived this afternoon on the Lizzie Belle W. As many more are still in camp, but will return home tomorrow. The Lizzie Belle W will make the round trip to Santa Cruz Island next Sunday, stopping at Painted Cave and at Cueva Valdez for lunch. All those wishing to go should be at the wharf at 6:30 in the morning.”


July 2, 1897 [SBDI]: “Cueva Valdez is being deserted this week. Last of the interesting series of letters from the Independent correspondent on the island: Camp Cueva Valdez, Thursday, July 1, 1897. All is bustle in the camp this morning. The Lizzie Belle W is to take part of our party to the mainland today and Commander in chief Kittridge has told off those who are to go. Some of the tents are coming down, and we realize that our splendid holiday is about over. None are glad. On the contrary all feel regret that this Arcadian experience is not to continue… At Cueva Valdez one is wholly cut off from the world. Here one can live a natural life, unheeding what others may think. The Lizzie Belle W is the sole link between us and the other fellows upon the mainland, and we never think of daily papers, of letters and business until we see her nose poking into the harbor. We dress in old-fashioned clothes and live in the cordial old-fashioned way… Carrier pigeons have been sent to Santa Barbara every day. One sulked upon being let loose. He hung about camp for several days, but finally joined two companions who were intent upon doing their duty, and disappeared toward the mainland… But the Lizzie Belle W is coming into the harbor, and in a half hour twenty of us will say good-bye to Cueva Valdez.”


July 3, 1897 [SBMP]: “Captain A. Larco wrote Thursday to the authorities at San Francisco for special permission, which will be telegraphed to him if granted, to take a large number of his personal friends on the Lizzie Belle W, on the night of July 5th to a point off Dibblee’s hill to see the fireworks. If the permission is given he will show his patriotism by decorating the yacht with Japanese lanterns, and the party will be made up of invited guests.”


July 3, 1897 [SBDI]: “Captain Larco has invited his friends to join him in viewing the fireworks Monday evening from a little flotilla that will be composed of the Lizzie Belle W and the other craft belonging to him. The boats will leave the wharf at 7 o’clock, and will anchor about 200 yards out from the plaza. There will be no charge.”


July 3, 1897 [SBMP]: “Deputy Collector C. M. Bell, J. H. Austin and A. W. Rogers will start on Wednesday for a three day’s cruise to Santa Cruz Island on the Lizzie Belle W with Mr. Bell in command of the vessel.”


July 6, 1897 [SBDN]: “One of the prettiest sights witnessed last night at the beach was the Lizzie Belle W decorated with lighted Japanese lanterns. This craft attracted much admiring attention…”


July 7, 1897 [SBDI]: “…As Captain Larco has permission to carry a large number on the Lizzie Belle W while remaining on this side of the Channel. About 100 can be accommodated comfortably.”


July 8, 1897 [SBDI]: “The Lizzie Belle W will leave at 1:30 Sunday for the excursion and concert, instead of 11:30 as stated in the Independent last evening. The fare will be 50 cents.”


July 13, 1897 [SBMP]: “A party of young people is being made up for a sail in the Lizzie Belle W Thursday evening.”


July 14, 1897 [SBDN]: “A large party will enjoy the pleasures of a moonlight sail on our channel in Captain Larco’s famous boat, Lizzie Belle W, tomorrow evening.”


July 14, 1897 [SBDI]: “A moonlight ocean trip is planned for tomorrow night on the Lizzie Belle W. W. Charles Squire has been the leading spirit in forming the party. The Lizzie Belle W will be illuminated with Japanese lanterns. Fireworks will also form a feature of the evening. The mandolin and guitar Club will furnish music, and the young ladies will serve refreshments. About 50 young people will make up the party.”


July 15, 1897 [SBMP]: “A sailing party of some forty-five will drink to the fascinating pleasures of a moonlight sail on the Lizzie Belle W tonight…”


July 15, 1897 [SBDI]: “The Lizzie Belle W will have a merry party on the channel tonight. The list includes…George W. Gourley and wife… W. L. Newton… The Lizzie Belle W will have a trailer, will be finely decorated, and a fine time is anticipated.”


July 16, 1897 [SBDN]: “The Lizzie Belle W had to put on annexes in the shape of towed skiffs to accommodate the very successful moonlight sailing party given by Mr. W. C. Squire last night.”


July 16, 1897 [SBMP]: “The sailing party on the Lizzie Belle W and ‘annexes’ last evening was a most delightful success. About sixty persons made up the party…”


July 17, 1897 [SBDI]: “The Lizzie Belle W took a large crowd of Goleta and Hope people to Santa Cruz Island today, expecting to return tonight.”


July 18, 1897 [SBDN]: “Yesterday morning the Lizzie Belle W left Goleta landing with a party of forty bound for a sail to Santa Cruz Island. The Sextons, Lanes, Manchesters, Brockelesbys and Kelloggs composed the exodus.”


July 20, 1897 [SBDI]: “The Lizzie Belle W will leave for the island Thursday morning at 6 o’clock instead of Wednesday at 6: 30, as announced yesterday.”


July 21, 1897 [SBMP]: “United States Examiner of Surveys, H. L. Collier, and party of surveyors arrived from San Francisco on the noon train yesterday and are guests of the Mascarel. Mr. Collier and party are bound for San Miguel Island. They will leave on Friday having chartered the Lizzie Belle W to convey them hither...”


July 21, 1897 [SBDI]: “The Lizzie Belle W leaves early this morning for Painted Cave, with a large party of Montecito and Santa Barbara people; Friday morning the boat will go to Friars Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, to bring Mr. Stow and party home. Friday evening the yacht will take the government surveyors to San Miguel Island, and it is likely that she will not return in time to take Sunday’s excursion out.”


July 21, 1897 [SBDI]: “Examiner H. L. Collier of the surveying branch of the Department of the Interior is in Santa Barbara accompanied by several deputies, and en route to San Miguel Island where he will verify the old Benson survey of the island made in 1878. The Lizzie Belle W will carry the party to San Miguel. The visit may have some bearing on the disputed ownership of the property, as he states that the government claims the island, believing that Captain Waters has no title that will be upheld in the courts.”


July 21, 1897 [SBDN]: “H. L. Collier, United States Examiner of Surveys, and a party of surveyors, is in the city for the purpose of making a resurvey of San Miguel Island… Mr. Collier and party have chartered the Lizzie Belle W for the purpose.”


July 21, 1897 [SBMP]: “United States Examiner of Surveys, H. L. Collier, and party of surveyors arrived from San Francisco on the noon train yesterday and are guests of the Mascarel. Mr. Collier and party are bound for San Miguel Island. They will leave on Friday having chartered the Lizzie Belle W, to convey them hither...”


July 22, 1897 [SBMP]: “A. Larco will sail today on his gasoline yacht Lizzie Belle W for Santa Cruz Island and return with S. P. Stow and family who have been on the island for two weeks. Friday evening Larco will sail for San Miguel Island with the government survey inspecting party.”


July 22, 1897 [SBMP]: “The yacht Lizzie Belle W leaves the dock this morning at 6 o’clock with a party of thirty for a trip to the Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, and will return this evening. The party is composed of residents of Montecito, three from Los Angeles and two from this city, including Deputy Collector C. M. Bell.”


July 22, 1897 [SBDN]: “The Lizzie Belle W left this morning for Santa Cruz Island with a party of thirty persons on board. The party was made up of residents from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Montecito. Deputy Collector of Customs, C. M. Bell, accompanied them.”


July 23, 1897 [SBMP]: “To Santa Cruz. The party on the Lizzie Belle W yesterday. A sailing party largely made up of Montecito and Carpinteria residents made the trip to Santa Cruz and back yesterday in the Lizzie Belle W. They visited Painted Cave and went up one of the canyons to eat their picnic lunch…”


July 23, 1897 [SBDI]: “The party of U.S. Surveyors will leave for San Miguel Island tomorrow on the Lizzie Belle W.”


July 23, 1897 [SBDI]: “The Lizzie Belle W arrived from Friars Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, today, with the Stow party.”


July 24, 1897 [SBDN]: “S. P. Stow and family returned from Santa Cruz Island yesterday afternoon in the Lizzie Belle W.”


July 29, 1897 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Whitney and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Doulton, Miss Nixon and Mr. Leslie Gregory leave today by the Lizzie Belle W for a camping trip to the island, expecting to be away for a couple of weeks.”


July 29, 1897 [SBDI]: “Captain Larco announces that the Lizzie Belle W will make a trip to Painted Cave and other points on the island Sunday, leaving at 6:30 A.M.”


July 30, 1897 [SBDI]: “The Lizzie Belle W took a party to Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island today, the list including Mr. And Mrs. C. A. Edwards, Mr. And Mrs. Spencer, Mrs. Stambach, Mrs. Stone, Miss Noble, Miss Fordham, Miss Thompson, Miss Harrington, Miss Miller, and Messrs. Wyles, Noble, Playtoer, Lloyd, Doeg and White.”


August 18, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Another maritime marriage… J. C. Reed and Mrs. Annie Hudson, both of Santa Paula, were married at sea… hunted up Captain Larco and engaged his gasoline schooner Lizzie Belle W…”


August 24, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “F. Miller took a party of about thirty on a trip to Santa Cruz and Anacapa islands yesterday. The start was made at 6 A.M. in the gasoline yacht Lizzie Belle W…”


August 29, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Several parties were out fishing and sailing in the channel last week. A trip was also made to the islands in the Lizzie Belle.”


January 8, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Andrew Larco, third son of Captain A. Larco, the fish merchant, was drowned yesterday afternoon near the lighthouse point while taking in the nets. A large breaker upset the boat, throwing the young Larco and his companion was swept ashore. Larco was on the Lizzie Belle W, and was a familiar figure about the channel. The body has not been recovered.”


June 26, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The power sloop Lizzie Belle W has been sold to the California Fish Conserving Company. It is reported that the company will establish a fish-packing plant near the southerly end of the Southern Pacific wharf and will pack lobster and other kinds of sea food.”


June 29, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Larco’s steam yacht Lizzie Belle W has been purchased by Captain Hall of the Coos Bay, to be used as a freighter at San Pedro in connection with the lobster cannery.”


June 29, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “Work commenced this morning on the construction of a building for the use of the Catalina Conserving Company for packing lobsters… The schooner Lizzie Belle W, of twenty-four tons net register and having a twenty-three horse power gasoline engine, has been purchased for the company’s use in gathering lobsters…”


June 29, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Larco’s steam yacht Lizzie Belle W has been purchased by Captain Hall of the Coos Bay, to be used as a freighter at San Pedro in connection with the lobster cannery.”


August 3, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The crawfish-packing plant constructed by the Catalina Conserving Company is to commence operation Wednesday. The power sloop Lizzie Belle W has arrived from Santa Cruz Island with three tons of the fish. The company will manufacture its own cans in ‘talls’ and ‘flats’ of different sizes. A large number of cans have been made ready for use.”


November 27, 1898 [LAT/SCat]: “The lobster packing company’s powerboat, the Lizzie Belle W, was out during the recent storm and the report was circulated that she had been wrecked. The report was effectively denied when the trim craft arrived at port this morning safe and sound.”


December 9, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The lobster-packing company’s powerboat, the Lizzie Belle W, has been lying in the inner harbor for repairs during the past week. She is now ready to sail again. Captain D. W. Weldt is the boat’s new skipper.”


December 17, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “A gasoline explosion followed by a fierce fire on the power schooner Lizzie Belle W today resulted in painful injuries to four men and a good deal of damage. The little vessel, which is owned by the Catalina Conserving Company, was lying along side the steam schooner Hueneme, which was tied to the dock on the west side of the inner harbor… Immediately after the explosion S. W. Waring, the president of the company which owns the boat, gave his personal attention to the wants of the men… The Lizzie Belle W has a tonnage of about twelve tons, and was built here nine years ago by Captain D. W. Wedlt, her present skipper… Captain Weldt had a rough experience in bringing the craft in on her last trip from Santa Cruz Island. He had a cargo of five tons of lobsters aboard, when last Tuesday the engine gave out…”


December 20, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The four men injured by the gasoline explosion on the power schooner Lizzie Belle W Friday are reported to be doing as well as can be expected, and the prospects of early recovery in each of the cases is said to be excellent.”


December 30, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The power schooner Santa Barbara sailed Wednesday night for Santa Cruz Island for a cargo of lobsters for the Catalina Conserving Company’s plant here. The Santa Barbara will be used temporarily in place of the Lizzie Belle W, which was damaged by a gasoline explosion.”


December 31, 1898 [PD]: “There was a gasoline explosion on the power schooner Lizzie Belle at San Pedro, which was followed by fire. Four men were seriously burned, and the loss of many thousand dollars’ worth of property was avoided by the brave act of two lobstermen, Tony Nelson and C. Mascolo, who threw two tanks of gasoline from the midst of fierce flames on the burning schooner.”


January 8, 1899 [LAT/SP]: “The Catalina Conserving Company’s powerboat Lizzie Belle W, which was damaged by a gasoline explosion, is being repaired. The engine was not greatly injured and can be repaired. The boat is used as a lobster transport.”


April 23, 1899 [LAT]: “Crawfish… The gasoline schooner Lizzie Belle W came into the harbor Saturday with seventy-five crates of crawfish. They were caught in the kelp beds off Santa Cruz Island, a little over sixty miles from this port. A finer lot of crustaceans would be hard to find. Many of them will weigh over twelve pounds each. They will be canned by the Catalina Conserving Company, whose plant is located a few hundred feet south of the customs house. The whole lot would weigh nearly seven tons and represents less than a week’s work of four fishermen. Their earnings from this catch was over $30 apiece. A great many crawfish are captured off San Clemente Island, but fishermen claim they are smaller than those taken further north. The water is deeper and the little animals have less vegetable matter to feed on.”


May 5, 1899 [SBMP]: “The King of San Pedro paid. Two fishermen plead guilty and three ask for jury trials. Henry Oliver and Fred Bohman, two of the fishermen arrested by Game Wardens Loud and Hopkins on Santa Rosa Island and returned here night before last, yesterday pled guilty to the charge of taking crawfish out of season and were fined $20 each. F. Weiderwald, the “King of San Pedro”, paid the bill and the fishermen were released. The other three, John Osterman, Henry Belcker and Peter Lind, entered pleas of not guilty and demanded jury trials. Bail was fixed at $100 each, which they furnished, and the cases were set for trial as follows: Osterman, Tuesday; Blecker, Wednesday; and Lind Thursday of this week. H. C. Booth will defend the cases, that will be prosecuted by District Attorney Squier. In making the arrests the game wardens acted under instructions from the state fish commission that had received word that crawfish were being caught at the islands and great quantities were being shipped to canneries at San Pedro. Crawfish were found in possession of the fishermen and were confiscated and liberated by the officers. They also took possession of the gasoline schooner Lizzie Belle W, that was used by the fishermen, and brought her here on returning. The Lizzie Belle W was formerly owned here and and was sold by Captain Larco to the San Pedro Canning factory people, who have used her in the island fishing trade. Officer Hopkins went to the islands again yesterday to arrest three more crawfishers that were overlooked in the first haul.”


August 20, 1899 [SBMP]: “The gasoline schooner Magic, formerly the Lizzie Belle W, is overdue, and some apprehension is felt by the owners. The vessel belongs to the Catalina Conserving Company and will be engaged in bringing crawfish from the islands to the cannery.”


August 24, 1899 [SBMP]: “The gasoline schooner Magic, formerly Lizzie Belle W, lies in three and one half fathoms of water in Rancho Viejo Bay, Santa Rosa Island…”


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 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. When lost the boat was engaged in the lobster-catching trade. If the Magic is not more than half full of sand, Captain Burtis thinks she can be raised without the aid of divers.”