Mary Ann

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Mary Ann (#) (-1914)



In the News~

November 11, 1914 [San Pedro News Pilot]: “Storm hits San Clemente Island. Three men believed to have been drowned and two boats wrecked. Edith and Mary Ann total wrecks. Storm hits San Clemente Island hard. Three men are believed to have lost their lives and two power boats are known to have been wrecked on San Clemente Island by a terrific storm that raged Sunday night and reached the height of its fury early Monday morning. It is feared that damage that has not been reported has been done. News of the disaster was brought to port this morning by Reg. Brett, who has been working at the crawfish camp of Billy Bonder of Newport. Brett brought Capt. Al Gregory of the power schooner Edith to port to get assistance. The Edith is a total wreck but a tug will be sent to the island to save the 40 horse power engine, which lies in about fifteen feet of water. The launch Mary Ann, a fishing boat, is also a wreck and is high and dry on the rocks. The barge of Howland Bris. is also high and dry on the beach. A sloop rigged fishing boat with a crew of three is believed to have been lost. The boat came up to the barge at Howland Bros. ranch and discharged lumber for traps and moved off. Later three men were seen battling in the heavy sea in a skiff and finally a skiff was sighted in the storm bottom up. The sloop was leaking when she was at the float. "All the crawfish camps suffered heavy damage from the storm," said Brett, at the Daily Pilot office today. "After the storm abated the beach was strewn with a mass of lobster traps and lumber in the wreckage. We were on this side of the island. How much damage was done on the other side we do not know, but it must have been considerable for the storm came from the southwest and then veered to the southeast so that both sides of the island got it. "Our boat, the Ruth was not damaged. Souder had the motor going and expected every minute to have to cut the anchor line when the storm broke. He was unable to pull up the anchor. The Ethel H had a narrow escape, but the boys from Wilmington saved her by hard work and much bailing. The sea rolled in on the beach and the breakers smashed the crawfish camps with their lumber and traps into kindling wood. "There were about 20 camps left on the island with about forty men. Before Howland Bros. started to get rid of them there were forty-six camps." ”


November 17, 1914 [TI/Avalon]: “Launches Edith and Mary Ann total wrecks. Two power launches are known to have been wrecked on San Clemente Island by a terrific storm that raged Sunday night and reached the height of its fury Monday morning. It is feared that the greater damage that has not been reported has been done. News of the disaster was brought to port by Reg. Brett, who has been working at the crawfish camp of Billy Souder of Newport. Brett brought Captain Al Gregory of the power schooner Edith to port get assistance. The Edith is a total wreck, but a tug will be sent to the island to save the engine, which lies in about fifteen feet of water…”