NIGRO, Michel

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NIGRO, Michel ( - ), master of the schooner Santa Cruz from September, 1919 until March 1920. He took over upon the departure of Captain Frank Maglio. February 16, 1920 Nigro announced his intentions of quitting because the island superintendent “was unable to see the reasonableness” of allowing Nigro to drink his own wine. Captain G. B. Olivari came out of retirement to run the schooner once again.

In the News~

September 27, 1919 [SCICo]: “Mr. Michele Nigro, Santa Barbara, Dear Sir: You will please take the necessary steps to take over the command of our schooner Santa Cruz at the Los Angeles custom house. After doing so report to us at the Island. We await your reply and remain, The Santa Cruz Island Co.”

October 21, 1919 [SCICo]: “Fifty two puncheons also arrived according to Captain Nigro of the schooner, and twenty seven of them were brought over on the last trip. I believe I neglected to mention in my last correspondence that Captain Francisco Maglio has left the employ of the company, and Captain Michel Nigro took charge of the schooner on October 19.”

January 19, 1920 [SCICo]: “Captain Nigro reports that a man in Santa Barbara desires to buy about 200 sheep. Whether ewes, bucks, lambs etc. he did not say.”

January 20, 1920 [SCICo]: “Miller Shoe Store, On or about December 30th Captain Nigro of the Santa Cruz purchased from you at my request one pair of army shoes price $7.50…”

February 2, 1920 [SCICo]: “In looking around the house at Prisoners’ Harbor last Thursday I discovered a 50 gallon barrel containing raisins and water which were fermenting into wine, or more properly Novero called my attention to it, saying that the captain of the boat had told him that he wished to make some wine and was doing so with my permission. I told Novero that I had given no such permission and that he must admit no one to the house, magazines, etc. without written permission or seeing me first. I threw the wine into the creek and when the captain returned I made it plain to him that any further actions of a similar nature would not be tolerated. While I don’t think much of Captain Nigro’s honesty, etc., I hesitate to recommend his dismissal as he is a pretty good sailor and I believe he will stick to his job.”

February 16, 1920 [SCICo]: “Mr. B. E. Northrup, Santa Barbara, Dear Sir: Yours of February 8th at hand. The schooner Santa Cruz makes regular trips to Santa Cruz Island leaving Santa Barbara on Thursday and returning the following Friday. I will give Captain Nigro orders to bring you to the island on any of these trips that may suit your convenience. We will supply you with room and board. Yours truly, Clifford McElrath, Superintendent, The Santa Cruz Island Co.”

February 16, 1920 [SCICo]: “Captain Nigro tells me the front mast of the schooner is rotten and apt to fall. He insists that it is in very bad condition and as I am not an expert in such matters I would not care to assume the position of saying that the mast is safe… The sacks of corn meal you sent had evidently been allowed to lie in the oil and Captain Nigro refused to accept it as half or more of it was oil soaked.”

February 23,1920 [SCICo]: “Captain Nigro’s excuse for not coming Thursday was that his wife was still very sick. In regard to the Post Office box rent Captain Nigro paid same and forgot to charge it in his expense sheet. I have no record of it in January so will put it in February cash account… Captain Olivari has sent work that he will take on the schooner, so I have told Captain Nigro to turn it over to him this trip… The last mail was late because the Schooner did not leave the Island until late due to the argument I had with Captain Nigro over the wine.”