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Olita (#) (1896-?) [Sp. Little Wave], 37.5-foot schooner with two 32-foot masts and an 8-foot bowsprit built by W. L. Newton in Santa Barbara for sailing to the Channel Islands.

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.”

April 23, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Mr. Newton’s new craft, La Olita, is now completed and will make her trial trip on Saturday.”

April 29, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Skipper Newton ran his new sloop down to the dock, and the great boom of the Corona reached out and, laying hold on Olita, hoisted her from the dock with out apparent effort and gently lowered her into the water, to the delight of the groups who had gathered to witness this novel proceeding.”

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 Gates’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.”

May 24, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Special Deputy Collector Charles J. W. Sjoberg came up from Los Angeles last night at the request of Inspector C. M. Bell, and at 10 A.M. today made official measurements of the two new yachts recently launched by Messrs. Newton and Bates.”

June 6, 1897 [SBMP]: “…Another party composed of Mr. Newton and wife and George Gourley and wife, left last evening for the islands.”

June 8, 1897 [SBMP]: “The Newton yachting party returned from a pleasant cruise about the Channel and islands on Sunday evening at 6 P.M. The party left the wharf on Saturday night at 11:25 and arrived at Santa Rosa Island at five in the morning. From there they went to Santa Cruz and spoke with the Bates party at Point Diablo. The sea was fine and a most enjoyable trip is reported.”

June 10, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “William Bates and party, who sailed away in the Chappo on Sunday, are camping at the islands, while the Olita takes her daily spin about the channel…”

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 13, 1897 [SBDI]: “A party consisting of Wilson Dibblee, Reginald Fernald, Mr. Logan and others have chartered the Olita for a ten days’ cruise among the islands, to leave Thursday.”

July 17, 1897 [SBDN]: “Ramon Vasquez received his papers as master of the Olita. He took a party to Santa Cruz Island on his first trip as master.”

July 23, 1897 [SBDI]: “Mr. Logan of New Orleans, who has been spending the past year here, gave some of his young friends a very pleasurable trip to the islands, the cruise requiring several days, the return being made yesterday. The Olita, Captain Newton’s pretty yacht, was chartered, and Ramon Vasquez was in command. The week was spent mostly at Santa Cruz Island, the party visiting all of the various harbors and camps. Mr. Logan’s guests were Fred Poett, R. Redington, Reginald Fernald, Martin Meigs, and Wilson Dibblee.”

July 30, 1897 [SBDI]: “The yacht Olita will leave tomorrow for a cruise along the southern coast. With Captain Newton will be Mrs. Newton, J. B. Wade, L. B. Hogue of Santa Paula, and others. The yacht will visit Santa Monica, San Pedro and Catalina Island.”

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 6, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “The sloop yacht Olita, Captain W. L. Newton, arrived this morning with a party of pleasure seekers on board. They came from Santa Barbara by way of Anacapa and the Santa Barbara islands, and after a week’s stay here expect to return by way of San Nicolas Island. Those composing the trip are Mrs. W. L. Newton, the captain’s wife, and M. Hogue, Owen O’Neil and Joseph Arabus.”

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.”

June 14, 1898 [SBMP]: “A party in the Olita took a sixty-five-mile cruise Sunday in the channel, going first to Prisoners’ Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, and returning home in the evening. George W. Gourley was in command of the yacht.”

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.’”

August 5, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “A cruising party composed of G. W. Gourley, A. Stevens, G. Kimberly and others set sail for the Channel Islands yesterday in the yacht Olita.”

August 10, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Olita has returned from a five days’ cruise among the Channel Islands.”

November 17, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Olita, in charge of Captain Libbey, went down to San Pedro today, to be overhauled.”

February 28, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Anovus of the sloop Olita arrived from Santa Cruz Island Saturday evening, and relates a peculiar experience. It has long been thought that there has been smuggling going on in this neighborhood, but no direct clue could be gotten hold of that led to any certainty. While the Olita was rounding the east end of Santa Cruz Island one day last week, they saw a large vessel, apparently anchored off Anacapa Island’s west end. They also saw some men leave the vessel in a skiff and go to the shore. The Olita immediately headed for the strange vessel, which was not more than three or four miles away, but she had not gone far when the vessel made for the open sea, leaving no trace behind by which she could be identified. Men from the Olita went ashore near the place where the skiff had landed, but nothing was found. Captain Vasquez of the Pearl also saw the vessel making for the open sea, but could not explain her mission…”

March 25, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “The Olita arrived from the islands Thursday night with 600 pounds of fish.”

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.”

August 10, 1899 [SBMP]: “Henry Short and a party of seal hunters under Captain Prescott will leave for Santa Cruz Island this morning on the Olita. Mr. Short will secure seal for eastern museums.”

December 28, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “A number of local yacht owners are considering the proposition of a race to take place before long on the channel. The water has been as smooth as glass for several weeks, and many boating parties have been out. H. S. Short’s Ariel, Newton’s Olita, Bates’ Petrel and with these the schooner Big Loafer might contest. Mr. Short said this afternoon that he expected to be able to bring about a race. No money is to be put up by any of the owners, and the race will be purely a sporting event.”

January 15, 1900 [SBDI]: “The yacht Olita had a pleasure party out in the channel for a sail yesterday afternoon.”

July 17, 1900 [SBMP]: “The little yacht Olita left yesterday for a week's cruise about the islands. The party included George Gourley, Howard Shaffer, Guilford Kimberly, Mr. Farnum and others.”

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.”

March 26, 1901 [SBDI]: “The sloop Olita, Captain Joe Arabas, left this morning for San Nicolas Island. The Olita will bring over a cargo of abalone meat and shells for local Chinese.”

July 4, 1901 [SBDI]: “The yachts Petrel and Olita arrived this morning from the islands.”

July 5, 1901 [SBDI]: “Captain Waters returned yesterday on the Olita from San Miguel Island.”

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…”

July 6, 1901 [SBMP]: “The Voorhees party left last evening in the yacht Olita for an outgoing trip. The party came near being delayed through a misunderstanding with the captain. The yacht finally left port with Ramon Vasquez in command.”

July 7, 1901 [SBMP]: “The yacht La Olita made another flying trip across the channel and back, returning yesterday with the Voorhees party who sailed from here the day before.”

October 15, 1901 [SBMP]: “The Ariel and La Olita are still in sailing trim and were out for a spin on the bay on Sunday afternoon....”

February 12, 1902 [SBMP]: “The yacht Olita, Captain Joe Arabas, started for the islands yesterday morning after fish, but was forced to return on account of high winds.”

May 22, 1902 [SBMP]: “A party of young people enjoyed a sail on the channel last evening on the Olita, Captain George Gourley.”

June 17, 1902 [SBMP]: “The Olita, Captain G. W. Gourley, took a party to Friar's [Fry's] Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, Sunday afternoon.”

June 25, 1902 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning the gasoline launch Sea Urchin towed the yacht Olita to Santa Cruz Island with a party of campers. Those who left yesterday included Mrs. Cameron Rogers, Mrs. Fernald, Miss Fernald, Reginald Rogers, and Elliot Rogers. They go to join a large party of campers who have been on the island for the past week.”

July 16, 1902 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Olita returned to camp on Santa Cruz Island yesterday. The party expects to break camp in a few days.”

July 26, 1902 [OC]: “Captain T. E. Walker and family, who have been enjoying a three weeks yachting and camping trip on the channel, returned Tuesday on their yacht Alleene. They visited the Painted Cave and all the harbors on the north side of the island and stopped a day at Anacapa Island on the return trip… The Captain reports having met the following people in the island: …Captain Gourley of the Olita and a number of Santa Barbara people who were camped at Friar’s Harbor.”