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» Olita , Coquita

In the News~

January 16, 1896 [SBDN]: “A new yacht, a staunch and seaworthy craft for cruising in the channel. Mr. W. L. Newton has always been a most enthusiastic yachtsman and a careful observer of the conditions prevailing in the channel, and the type of craft best adapted to its requirements of its navigation. His study of this problem has now led to the embodiment of his ideas in a boat now being built in the rear of his photographic studio on State Street. The craft which will be called Olita or Little Wave, is 37.5 feet over all with a beam of 10.5 feet and a depth of 4.5 feet. She is built on most modern lines... Her decks will be flush with a cockpit aft by the wheel. One thousand pounds of lead ballast will be bolted to the keel.”

August 16, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “W. L. Newton is building a new sloop yacht, converting the backyard at his photo gallery on upper Main Street into a naval yard for that special purpose. Mr. Newton has put in his spare time executing the plans and designs which he has lad in his head and on paper for a long time, and by Christmas next he expects to be sole owner of the neatest little craft that sails in the channel waters. Mr. Ellison is now putting on the planking. The little vessel will be thirty-seven feet four inches over all, with a ten-foot six-inch beam, and a draft of four feet eight inches. She is built entirely of oak and brass, with displacement of eight and a half tons, carrying about 1000 pounds outside. She will have a sail area of 602 feet, with 15 feet hoist, 14 feet gaff, 25 feet boom, and will carry two jibs of 81 feet each. Her bowsprit outboard is 10 feet and she will have a low, 12-inch trunk cabin. She is designed, as her builder says, expressly for going out and having a good time, and will cruise from Point Conception down the southern coast. She will be christened Olita, which means in English, whitecap.”

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 23, 1897 [SBMP]: “…When on a recent visit here, special collector Charles J. W. Sjoberg gave permission to local crafts, including Chappo and La Olita to sail about the harbor, but not to go away until their masters had received the necessary license, which could not be given until the official number and name of each boat had been properly carved, the boats inspected and other legal requirements complied with… Mr. Bell received orders from headquarters last night to not allow Mr. Newton’s boat, La Olita, to leave port until she is duly registered, inspected and licensed…”

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 31, 1897 [SBDI]: “The yacht La Olita sailed about noon today for Catalina Island and other points on a two weeks’ cruise. Captain and Mrs. W. L. Newton, L. B. Hogue of Santa Paula, J. B. Wade and Owen O’Neill constitute the party.”

August 14, 1897 [SBMP]:La Olita arrived last night at midnight from her two weeks cruise with the party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Newton, A. S. Hogue and Owen O’Neil. They had visited in turn Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands, San Pedro where the vessel was painted, and Avalon and the isthmus, Catalina. They returned by Santa Barbara Island, Scorpion Harbor and Friar’s Harbor, a couple of days earlier than expected. La Olita behaved beautifully and Mr. Newton is more than ever enthusiastic over her.”

July 17, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Newton and party returned yesterday on his yacht Olita from a ten days’ cruise to Catalina and other southern points.”

July 27, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Mr. Newton’s yacht Olita, under Captain Owen O’Neal, carried a pleasure party to Gaviota Sunday and returned.”

July 29, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Challenged to race. The recent excitement in yachting circles has resulted in a challenge from Bates Brothers, owners of the Petrel, to Captain Newton of the Olita, for a special series of races, to be sailed in this channel for a purse of $50. The races are to be a week apart, and the rival yachts are to be refitted with new sails for this special contest.”

July 30, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The challenge to a yacht race from the owners of the Petrel to Captain W. L. Newton of the Olita has elicited a conditional acceptance. The Olita will not enter any race which involves a monetary consideration, and Captain Newton replies that a challenge emanating from true yachting instinct and free from all professional elements will be accepted by Olita.’”

April 4, 1899 [SBMP]: “Mr. Newton’s yacht Olita, which has been at San Pedro undergoing some needed repairs returned to this port yesterday and is riding gracefully at anchor in the channel.”

July 24, 1900 [SBMP]: “W. L. Newton's yacht Olita returned Sunday afternoon from Santa Cruz Island, bringing over a party of campers.”

September 2, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Newton's La Olita sails today with a party of surveyors for a pleasure cruise about the channel.”

July 5, 1901 [SBDI]: “In the yacht race yesterday afternoon only two boats started. The Olita, owned by Mr. Newton, won out in a very close race against the Ariel, Henry Short’s yacht…”

September 13, 1904 [SBMP]: “W. L. Newton took a small party of friends to the islands on Sunday in his power launch Coquita.”

March 14, 1905 [SBMP]: “The Coquita, W. L. Newton’s gasoline launch, was located late during the afternoon about opposite the Beale place. Her engine was missing, but otherwise little damage resulted to the boat [from the storm]. It is thought she can be repaired. How the vessel drifted to that locality is difficult to understand...”

April 5, 1905 [SBMP]: “The engine of Newton's Coquita is supposed to be at the bottom of the ocean a short distance off from the pleasure wharf, and chains will also be tied to it, if the work is not too difficult...”