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Otter, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, May 12, 1915
Otter, Santa Cruz Island, May 12, 1915

Otter (#211197) (1913-?), 43-foot passenger vessel built in Los Angeles by movie mogul Frank Alderman Garbutt for Captain Colis Vasquez in 1913. Margaret Eaton reported:

“Captain Colis Vasquez’s new boat the Otter brought 80 people to our new Pelican Bay Camp. Colis came ashore to visit as usual, but I told him he just came to show off his new uniform. He looked like an admiral... with a real captain’s cap with Otter in letters an inch high and a captain’s insignia on top. It was bought and paid for by a man lousy with money.” [Eaton 1980. p. 190-194].

A 1913 advertisement announced:

“The Tent City, Santa Cruz Island [with] The Otter, Captain Vasquez at the beautiful Frye’s Harbor, with tents to sleep in; with board floors; beds and bedding of the best and the cleanest. Amid venerable oaks, beside a running brook, on the seashore. Table supplied with the best of material, always well cooked. Rates $2.50 a day. The round trip is made in 2 1/2 hours each way; on a strong, fast boat, captained by one of the best sailors on the Pacific Coast, Captain Vasquez, ‘keen of eye, always one ahead of the next thing that COULD happen. The Otter may be chartered for moonlight excursions, or for fishing parties, or for cruising amid the lovely Channel Islands” [Weekes-Wilson, Leila Monograph on the Old Franciscan Mission, Pacific Coast Publishing, 1913].


1915 State Normal School Outing to Santa Cruz Island aboard the Otter



In the News~

January 31, 1913 [SBMP]: “Frank A. Garbutt, the millionaire yachtsman and oil king of Los Angeles, whose Skidbladnir has been a familiar sight in the channel every summer for some years, will build a fifty-foot boat for Captain Rosaline Vasquez, who has been in command of the Gussie M during recent seasons, and who is one of the best known mariners on the coast. The new craft, the name of which is not yet decided, will be built by the Fulton Company at San Pedro and will be ready for service in May. It will be used exclusively for island passenger traffic, in connection with Captain Vasquez’s exclusive privileges on Santa Cruz Island and will be quite the finest boat ever offered for public use in these waters. It is about 15 feet longer than the Gussie M, and will have two cabins, one for ladies and one for gentlemen, two toilets, eight berths and facilities for carrying about 40 passengers. The yacht will be equipped with fifty horse-powered Imperial engines, and will be complete and attractive in every way. The boat will cost more than $50,000. Mr. Garbutt is prominently identified with the Union Oil Company.”


February 1, 1913 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara. Backed by Frank Garbutt, the millionaire oil man and yacht owner of Los Angeles, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, one of the best known mariners of the southern coast, who lives in this city, has made preparations for converting Santa Cruz Island, one of the most picturesque of the channel group, into a summer resort. He has secured the exclusive privilege of the island from the Caire estate of San Francisco and has arranged to begin at once the erection of a tent city in one of the biggest harbors. Garbutt has agreed to furnish an up-to-date boat for the transportation of vacationists, the contract for the craft having been let to a San Pedro concern. The boat will be arranged for the accommodation of about three score people, women to have a compartment as well as men. The boat will be equipped with two fifty-horse-power engines and will make daily trips to the island. Many unique amusement features have been planned by Captain Vasquez, and while the tent city will in no manner be a competitor of Catalina, it will be large enough and attractive enough to draw good crowds throughout the summer months.”


April 16, 1913 [SBMP]: “Frank A. Garbutt and Captain Rosaline Vasquez’ Otter ready for sea. Captain Rosaline Vasquez will bring his new excursion boat, the Otter, to Santa Barbara next Tuesday. The Otter is expected to popularize the island trip among the Santa Barbara people… Three Los Angeles parties have already engaged the Otter for summer dates, Captain Vasquez specifying that they shall come to Santa Barbara to make the start to the island, for Santa Barbara will be the Otter’s home port. The new boat is 52 feet long, has a beam 12.9 and 6 feet draught. Her engines are 55 horsepower, and in addition there is a full suit of sails, giving the Otter the equipment of a yacht. She was built by the San Pedro Marine Construction Company, and is said to be the classiest of her type ever seen in the southern harbor. The arrangements for the comfort of passengers is also unusual. There are 14 pullman berths, and a seating capacity of 60. Vasquez says that the Otter will make the passage from Santa Barbara to Lady’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, in from two hours to two hours and ten minutes. The charge will be $2.50 for the round-trip. At Lady’s Harbor, a tent city will be provided for the entertainment of guests at $3 a day. The Otter will make her trial trip from San Pedro to Catalina Island next Sunday, with a party of Los Angeles officials and newspaper men as guests of Captain Vasquez and of Frank A. Garbutt, the well-known yachtsman, owner of the Skinbladnir, who is capitalizing the Otter venture.”


April 18, 1913 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara. Catalina has another rival. Santa Cruz Island is to be developed. Frank Garbutt of Los Angeles builds fine excursion boat and the vessel will make daily trips from Santa Barbara. That Santa Cruz Island will vie with Catalina for attracting camping parties is promised by Frank A. Garbutt, the wealthy commodore of Los Angeles, who has had built one of the finest and best-equipped little excursion boat on the coast. The craft is to be known as the Otter, having been built in San Pedro. It will arrive here next Tuesday in charge of Captain Vasquez. It is the intention of the owner to have the boat make daily trips from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz Island, one of the most picturesque islands in the world, and it is expected that when the season opens, the trip will be very popular. There are many people in Santa Barbara who were born and raised here, who have never been to the Channel Islands because of lack of transportation, and with the Otter in the business, their long-cherished hope may be realized. The new boat is 52-feet long, has a beam of 12.9 feet, and six feet draught. Her engines are 55-horse-power and in addition there is a full set of sails, giving her the equipment of a yacht. The arrangement for the comfort of passengers is unusual. There are fourteen Pullman berths and a seating capacity of sixty. She will make the trip to the island in two hours”


April 30, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez returned last evening from Los Angeles, reporting that there had been a delay in applying the finishing touches to his new 52-foot powerboat, the Otter, which he expects to use this summer in passenger business between Santa Barbara and the island. He feels quite certain that he will be able to bring the Otter here next Monday.”


May 14, 1913 [SBMP]: “The first step toward making Santa Cruz Island the Catalina of Santa Barbara has been taken by Frank Garbutt of Los Angeles and captain Rosaline Vasquez. Mr. Garbutt has built a gasoline yacht, Otter, for regular service between Santa Barbara and the island, and she is now in the channel under the command of Captain Vasquez. Concession rights for the establishment of a camp hotel on the island have been obtained from the Caire family of San Francisco, owners of the island, and the work of putting up the tents and making a resort at the hotel site will be started immediately. When it is done, the Otter will be put on a regular schedule to carry parties to and from the island. It means that the beautiful island on the other side of the channel, with its fine harbors, good fishing and hunt water will be made accessible to the general public. With the exploitation of the island, the men behind the project believe Santa Cruz will be to Santa Barbara and its tourists what Catalina is to Los Angeles. The Otter is a substantial, seaworthy craft 52-feet in length and with a passenger capacity of fifty, and she is driven by a 55-horse-power, six-cylinder engine and has a speed of ten miles an hour. It is planned to make the trip to the island in two hours and a half. The Otter has sleeping accommodations for fifteen and is fitted with men’s and women’s cabins. She was designed particularly for this service by Matt J. Walsh and built by Fulton and Woodley of San Pedro.”


May 15, 1913 [SBMP]: “Garbutt’s new boat proves a boon to those who love the channel. The island camp to be established at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz, will be ready for business May 24. The Otter, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, will then make daily trips. The passage can be easily made in two hours. Yesterday the Otter was out on the channel with a party including Mrs. Brackenridge, Gaud, Chrisholm, Duffy, McComber and others, and all were greatly pleased with the experience.”


May 19, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Vasquez went to Santa Cruz Island in the new power boat, Otter, yesterday with an order for fifteen seals for Herbert Rogers.”


May 20, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez will leave today in his new power yacht Otter for Santa Cruz Island to establish the summer camp which he will maintain at Fry’s Harbor. The equipment has just been received. Sunday he brought over eight seals for H. A. Rogers.”


May 21, 1913 [SBDN]: “Santa Barbarans and tourists visiting here, who desire to make the trip to the beautiful Santa Cruz Island now have the opportunity. Captain Vasquez, who recently brought the steam launch Otter to Santa Barbara for service between this city and the island, has installed a camp hotel at Frye’s Harbor and is ready to accommodate a considerable number of visitors at the hotel. More tents arrived today and Captain Vasquez will have them up in a few days. The site of the camp hotel is ideal, with plenty of fresh running water nearby. Those who wish to make the trip to the island can make arrangement at the local Santa Fe office. As soon as he has his entire camp up and when the business warrants it, Captain Vasquez intends to run the Otter on a regular schedule to and from the island.”


May 25, 1913 [SBMP]:Otter takes movies. Captain Vasquez of the steamer Otter will take a party of Los Angeles people to his tent city camp on Santa Cruz Island this morning. His party includes Big Otto, the manager of Selig Motion Pictures, Animal Farm of Eastlake Park, Los Angeles, also Lazard H. Lippman and son of Los Angeles. They will remain on the island camping for a week or more.”


May 31, 1913 [SBDN]: “The yacht Otter will leave tomorrow morning for the islands with a small party of eastern people. The Otter is the safest and fastest yacht that has ever been in the channel trade. Captain Colice Vasquez is in charge. There will be room for a number of more passengers. Captain Vasquez wishes it understood that he will be able to take others tomorrow, if they will be at the commercial wharf at 7:30 in the morning. A telephone call to 51 Home phone, will be answered by a party who can give full information. The fare is $2.00 a round trip, including dinner on the island.”


June 2, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Vasquez, in the yacht Otter, made a trip to the islands yesterday with a party of eastern and local excursionists. A pleasant time was spent on the island and all were most enthusiastic over the trip. Another trip will be made next Sunday and a special fish dinner will be prepared on the island by an expert Italian cook. Parties wishing to make the trip can get information from phone 51.”


June 10, 1913 [SBMP]: “Nearly fifty persons were aboard the yacht Otter as it crossed the channel Sunday. The day was spent fishing and enjoying all of the pleasures afforded by ‘Camp Vasquez’ at Fry’s Harbor. The real feature of the day was the exceptionally large and excellent dinner and clambake. The boat returned in the evening and no sickness or discomfort was felt by any of the party during the entire cruise. Captain Vasquez will leave this morning with a number of teachers and students of the Gamble School for a three day outing on the island.”


June 13, 1913 [SBMP]: “Armed to teeth pirate gang hides on island. Sheriff Nat Stewart, Immigration Inspector Edward P. Morse and a number of deputies from the sheriff’s office will sail at 3 o’clock this morning on the swift new power yacht, the Otter, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, in hopes of capturing a band of alleged pirates, whose rendezvous has been located in an isolated cove on the south side of Santa Cruz Island. So far as known, the party sought numbers three men, two of whom are charged with stealing the salmon fishing boat Antioch from Benicia, on San Francisco Bay, on the night of April 29th. The third member is known as ‘Shorty’ Williams, and he is supposed to be implicated in the theft of the launch Witch from this port last September…”


June 13, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captains Henry Short and Ira Eaton are about to establish a new camp at Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, for the summer months. Tents, meals and other necessities of camp life will be provided. Pleasure seekers will be conveyed to the island in the two launches, the Charm and the Gussie M. Captain Vasquez some time ago established a camp hotel at Fry’s Harbor, and has been taking parties over to the island regularly on the launch, Otter.”


June 13, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Vasquez will run a special excursion to Santa Cruz Island Sunday in his new boat, the Otter, which it is expected will be taken advantage of by a large number of pleasure seekers. The excursionists will take in the marine garden, the painted cave, seal rocks, and submarine caves and other points of special interest about the island. The dinner served on the island at Fry’s Harbor will be a typical seafood dinner of fish, abalone and mussels.”


June 14, 1913 [SBMP]: “Antioch slips through fog, escapes… the Otter circumnavigated Santa Cruz Island but found no signs of the launch…”


June 14, 1913 [SBMP]: “Many Santa Barbarans are planning to enjoy the trip to Santa Cruz Island in the Otter, for which excursion many tempting offers are given in addition to the trip. ‘Camp Vasquez’ is gaining popularity very rapidly with its visitors, and by mid-summer it is expected to have developed into quite a city. The dinners, which are included in the Sunday excursion of the Otter, are another very agreeable feature of the day’s outing.”


June 15, 1913 [LAT]: “Officers patrol Channel Islands searching for pirate who follows them in and loots their boat. When Sheriff Nat Stewart, accompanied by Immigration officer Morse and a posse of half a dozen deputies, arrived in Santa Barbara last night after a fruitless search of the Channel Islands for the pirates who are alleged to have stolen several boats and other plunder along the coast, little did he think that the bold, bad men were pursuing them. As a matter of fact the pirates were close on the trail of the officers and when the latter deserted their boat, the Otter, the pirates went aboard, stole a $50 compass from her and tried to get away with the boat. That they failed is due to the fact that Captain Vasquez of the Otter, had disconnected the mechanical parts of the engine and it was impossible to get her underway…”


June 17, 1913 [SBMP]: “The power yacht Otter today will take a quantity of lumber to Camp Vasquez at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, to be used as flooring for tents.”


June 17, 1913 [LAT]: “Alleged pirate arrested… Several days ago Williams and the launch were sighted near Santa Cruz Island, and a posse left Santa Barbara in the swift launch, Otter, to apprehend him…”


June 23, 1913 [SBDN]: “The Otter, the strong and speedy new launch which Captain Rosaline Vasquez purchased and brought here a few months ago, was washed ashore about 10:30 o’clock last night and is now lying, stranded, high and dry, on the sands in front of the Potter Hotel. Captain Vasquez said this morning that he was thoroughly convinced that the affair is the work of one or more of his enemies. There is no doubt in his mind that they came up in a row boat last night, pulled in a part of the chain by which his boat was moored and sawed it off. Five fathoms of the mooring chain are gone and it was of such strength and had stood such severe tests that there is no possibility that it could have broken when the sea was perfectly smooth as it was last night. It is believed that the perpetrators of this outrage are the same persons who, about a week ago, boarded the Otter, stole from it a $50 compass, together with a large supply of gasoline and tried to make away with the boat. Captain Vasquez has slight clues to the criminals and believes that he will be able to hunt them down. Captain Vasquez returned about 6:30 o’clock last night from Santa Cruz Island with a large party of excursionists. After the party had disembarked, he moored the boat west of the commercial pier and stationed A. Cozzani on board to keep watch during the night. About 8:10, Cozzani, thinking that he was of no special use on board the boat, left and went up town to play pool. It was about 10 o’clock that a street car conductor on the boulevard saw the light on the boat mast near shore and went down, to find the Otter stranded on the shore where it had been washed up at the very high tide. Captain Vasquez was phoned to, but the tide had gone down too much to relaunch the boat when he got there. This morning the water was several feet below the boat, and it will be necessary to wait for the high tide, which comes about 8:45 o’clock tonight, before an effort can be made to replace the launch in the water. No damage was done to the ship, which is one of the strongest boats of its kind on the coast, and it withstood admirably the severe knocking around that it got last night. Captain Vasquez has appealed to the police for aid in finding the men who committed the deed.”


June 24, 1913 [SBDN]: “The power launch Otter, that was driven on the beach opposite the Potter Hotel last Sunday night, is still aground, the effort to float her last night having failed. It is thought doubtful that the tide will dislodge her from her firmly settled bed, and that other means will be necessary to set the craft afloat. In case tonight’s tide fails to do the desired work, it may be found advisable to jack the boat up and slide her into the water on skids. It was reported today that Frank M. Garbutt of Los Angeles, owner of the Otter, had authorized the offer of a reward of $500 for the apprehension of the persons who are thought to have cut the boat’s anchor chain for the purpose of sending her adrift, and $60 for the recovery of the compass stolen from the craft a short time ago.”


June 25, 1913 [SBDN]: “The power launch Otter, which was swept ashore by the high tide last Sunday night, is still embedded in the sand opposite the Potter Hotel, all efforts made yesterday to dislodge her having proved futile. And as the tides are growing less and less strong day by day, every passing hour would appear to make less chances of floating the boat until the next new moon and the coming of another high tide.”


June 26, 1913 [SBDN]: “The launch Otter, which has been lying aground on the beach in front of the Potter since last Sunday night, was got into the water again at a late hour yesterday afternoon through the combined haul of the power boats Gussie M and Ellen. The Otter was found to have suffered no injury through her risky experience, and she is in as good shape as ever for the excursion business, which will be resumed next Sunday, when the boat is expected to carry to the islands a large party of pleasure seekers.”


July 2, 1913 [SBMP]: “H. J. Boyle of the Potter will pilot a party of hotel guests on a cruise to Santa Cruz Island today aboard the launch Otter, Captain Vasquez. This is the first venture in what will become a regular feature of the hotel.”


July 4, 1913 [OC]: “…Excursions to the islands are becoming so popular that local launch owners are having a hard time to accommodate the demand. Yesterday Captains Eaton and Short took over a party of about 40 in the two launches Gussie M, and Charm, while Captain Vasquez took over a large party in the Otter…”


July 7, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Vasquez left last night with his launch, the Otter, for San Pedro. The launch will be repainted and overhauled within a few days, and be returned the latter part of this week. The boat made its regular Sunday excursion trip to the islands yesterday, taking over a large crowd to Fry’s Harbor, where dinner was served to the company.”


July 11, 1913 [SBMP]: “Frank Garbutt’s yacht Skidbladnir sailed yesterday for the islands, after having spent a few hours in port. Mr. Garbutt, who capitalized the Vasquez summer camp at Santa Cruz Island, and the passenger launch Otter, is looking over the arrangements for handling the summer crowds, and also enjoying his annual cruise in these waters.”


July 13, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Gussie M, Ira Eaton, sailed at 1 A.M. today for Pelican Bay, with a small party. The Otter, Captain Vasquez, will sail today for Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, with a party of tourists.”


July 15, 1913 [SBDN]: “About twenty persons from Carpinteria will leave tomorrow morning on Captain Vasquez’s launch, the Otter, for an all day cruise around the islands. Thursday morning a large party from Miramar will be taken over to the islands on the Otter. All of the island boats are now in great demand by tourists and town people who desire to see the islands go on camping expeditions.”


July 18, 1913 [SBDN]: “The teachers and a number of students at the summer school of the State Normal, have chartered the launch Otter, run by Captain Vasquez, and will spend tomorrow on an excursion to the islands. At the islands a big clam bake will be enjoyed by the party. Miss Elliott of the Normal will have charge of the excursion.”


July 19, 1913 [SBDN]: “When the launch Otter failed to return to Santa Barbara last night with Lewis Bradbury of Montecito and a party of his friends from Los Angeles, who went to the island for a day’s fishing expedition, friends of Mr. Bradbury at Montecito became alarmed over the safety of the party and late last night employed the launch Gussie M to make a trip to the islands to find out what had happened. The Gussie M left shortly after midnight, found that all members of the party were safe, and had spent the night at Friar’s Camp. Their return had been delayed by engine trouble on the Otter. The Otter came back about noon, sailing over. It was a rough voyage, and most of the members of the party became seasick. The mishap to the Otter caused a great disappointment to a party of forty or more State Normal School students and instructors, who had chartered the boat for a trip to the islands today. For over an hour this morning the Normal students waited patiently at the wharf for the Otter to put in an appearance, but when the boat did not come the party disbanded and gave up its excursion.”


July 20, 1913 [SBMP]: “There was a general mix-up yesterday in the island excursion, due to engine trouble with the Otter. The Otter got along well enough, but resorted to sails and that is slower than gasoline. She had aboard the Louis Bradbury party from Montecito and Los Angeles, and it was expected that she would return Saturday afternoon or evening. When the Otter failed to appear, the Gussie M was dispatched to ascertain the cause, but through some misunderstanding, failed to connect. The Otter finally sailed from Fry’s Harbor yesterday morning, and reached her anchorage here at 2 P.M. Meanwhile a group of Normal School girls camped on the wharf from early morning, expecting to take passage on the Otter for the islands. They finally abandoned the trip.”


July 22, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Batchelder—Brackenridge party expects to leave for Fry’s Harbor today on the Otter for a camping trip.”


July 24, 1913 [SBDN]: “An effort is being made to interest local and visiting yachtmen in a proposed race a week from Saturday from this city to the islands… The race would be held on Saturday afternoon, the launch Otter accompanying the sailing vessels…”


July 27, 1913 [SBMP]: “The first serious effort to catch tuna in the waters around Santa Cruz Island will be made next month by Walter Douglas, of Montecito, president of the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad, and general manager of the Phelps—Dodge syndicate. Mr. Douglas has chartered the Otter for fourteen days, and with a party of friends will leave here provided with all the essentials for a two weeks’ delightful cruise… The Santa Cruz Island camps have become very popular, and boats cross daily. At the Vasquez camp at Fry’s Harbor, there is a compliment of four employees always on duty for the accommodation of the crowds, they being chef, waiter, guide and boatman. The Otter, the Vasquez boat, has made one or two trips from the mainland to island daily for the past two weeks… The trip to Santa Cruz Island can be made very comfortable in two and a half hours in the Otter, which is a staunch, well-built boat, and adequate for all the immediate business. The round-trip fare is $2 and chartered by the day $30. It takes about seven hours to make complete circles of the island, which would leave considerable time for trolling in a day’s trip…”


July 28, [SBDN]: “The power boar Otter left for Fry’s Harbor today with a party of pleasure seekers.”


July 28, [SBDN]: “Forty-odd people went to Friar’s Harbor on the Otter yesterday and spent a pleasant day in fishing, feasting and other pastimes that make the island visit a delight.”


July 29, 1913 [SBMP]: “Mr. Cohan of the Cohan-Gold-Water company of Los Angeles, left yesterday on the Otter for the islands, and will be joined in a day or so by sixteen friends from Los Angeles. They will spend a week or more in the camp on the island.”


August 4, 1913 [SBDN]: “A party of campers who will spend several weeks at the islands left this morning on the launch Otter for Santa Cruz Island. In the party were Mrs. Gibbs, Miss Selwyn, Miss Richardine Figg-Hoblyn, Miss Nonie Meggs and Messrs. Odell Figg-Hoblyn, Westropp Figg-Hoblyn, Jolin Dunshee, Louis Le Baron and Mason Le Baron.”


August 7, 1913 [SBDN]: “Frank A. Garbutt of Los Angeles, owner of the Otter, the local launch run by Captain Vasquez, is at Friar’s Harbor at Santa Cruz Island with his handsome yacht the Skidbladnir. Mr. Garbutt has been in the custom of visiting the Channel Islands every summer, dividing his time between cruising around them and visiting Santa Barbara. He will probably sail over to the city within a few days.”


August 16, 1913 [SBDN]: “Mr. and Mrs. Windsor Soule, Mrs. Soule’s father, Lockwood deForest, and a party of about fifteen left this morning for Friar’s Harbor on the launch Otter. The company will spend Sunday on the island and will return early Monday morning to this city. Captain Gourley will take campers on a fishing expedition near the islands today. Sunday, Captain Vasquez will take over a large party of excursionists, including a number of delegates to the electrical convention at the Potter Hotel.”


September 3, 1913 [SBDN]: “Seventeen members of the Flying A are to journey to Santa Cruz Island tomorrow on the Otter to take pictures in Calamity Ann’s Dream, one of the cleverest numbers in this splendid picture series which Miss Lester is featuring. The costumes brilliant Indian affairs set off the troupe in a most fetching manner. Just how long the troupe will remain on the island is not known, though members may be back in town Thursday night.”


September 3, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Comet wreck on the west shore of San Miguel Island has been used the last two days for scenes in Jack London’s Sea Wolf. Richard Garrick, director for the Balboa Amusement Company, had charge of the party, which consisted of Larry Peyton, who plays the part of the title role, Miss Jean McPherson and Harry King. Mr. Garrick says that some unusual work was taken about the wreck. The play will be of three reels and released for state rights. There is a bit of litigation over the production of this picture. Another concern, in which Frank Garbutt is interested, is also producing the play at this time. The Balboa concern, however, is claiming prior rights, in accordance with an agreement reached with the author. It was a bit odd that in making the San Miguel pictures Garbutt’s Otter was used to carry the party.”


September 6, 1913 [SBMP]: “The first company returned yesterday afternoon from a two days’ trip to Santa Cruz Island, where a Calamity Anne picture was taken, under the direction of Lorimer Johnston. The company operated from Fry’s Harbor. Roy Overbough secured some unusual seal pictures at the rookeries, which will be introduced in this photoplay… The trip was made in the Otter and nearly all of the folks proved good sailors.”


September 23, 1913 [SBDN]: “Word received on the wharf this morning from the stranded schooner Santa Cruz, which is on the rocks off the Rincon, is that she is doomed. It is stated that a portion of her keel floated ashore during the high tide, and that one of her masts is toppling. Both the Gussie M and the Otter are still standing by, having lines fast to the wreck, but though they claim to have pulled her 10 feet off the beach yesterday, her position this morning is declared to be perilous. The chief obstacle in the way of floating her is the heavy ballast of pig iron which she carries. There appeared no way to lighten her of this, though a small cargo she was bringing to this port from San Pedro was removed. High seas were running this morning, and with the schooner showing signs of breaking up, wharf people declare her fate is practically sealed.”


September 24, 1913 [SBDN]: “… Mr. Caire arrived here last night and registered at the Raffour House. He came south to take charge of the floating of the schooner Santa Cruz, which is aground off the Rincon. He left this morning with Captain Vasquez aboard the Otter for the stranded vessel. A thorough investigation will be made, with a view of deciding what steps to take to float the schooner. A tug has been chartered at San Pedro for the work. Captain Vasquez reported to Mr. Caire that while the keel of the Santa Cruz is going, that the vessel is not breaking to pieces, and could be saved. He stated that the beach is sandy where the Santa Cruz rests, though there may be rocks beneath her hull. Captain Vasquez does not regard her condition as precarious.”


October 4, 1913 [SBDN]: “Mr. and Mrs. J. Langdon Irvin of Montecito, W. R. Edwards, Mrs. John Codman, and Mr. and Mrs. Thompson left this morning on the Otter, Captain Vasquez in command, for a cruise of Santa Cruz Island. The Otter had been specially outfitted by Captain Vasquez for fishing…”


October 15, 1913 [SBDN]: “The facuty and pupils of the Carpinteria grade and high schools are to take an unusual outing, beginning Friday afternoon. They have chartered the Otter, and will make a trip to Santa Cruz Island. The plan is to remain over Saturday on the island, and return here Sunday getting back at noon. During the trip the pupils will be given an opportunity to study geological formations not found anywhere else than on the islands of the Santa Barbara channel, while the botany class will also fine the usual specimens to awaken interest and add to the profit of the trip.”


October 25, 1913 [SBDN]: “Morris Goldenson, wealthy Los Angeles man, with a party of friends returned yesterday from a weeks’ trip to Santa Cruz Island on the Otter. They had a great sport, taking eleven beautiful foxes, twenty-three wild geese, ten wild boar, and on the homeward trip caught a number of small tuna and albacore. They had their usual good time, Goldenson being a regular devotee of the Channel Islands.”


November 19, 1913 [SBMP]: “During yesterday’s southeast blow, the channel was quite rough. The launches Otter and Charm and nearly all of the fishing boats left for the lee of the islands…”


November 23, 1913 [SBMP]: “J. R. Swan, a well-known Los Angeles broker, formerly district agent for the Remington Typewriter Company, is a guest at the Arlington. He will leave today or tomorrow with Captain Rosaline Vasquez on the Otter, for Santa Rosa Island on a hunting trip.”


December 12, 1913 [SBMP]: “Heavy swell does mischief at front; Vessels endangered. The highest ground swells in many months were running yesterday… The power yacht Otter would have smashed into the wharf near the passenger gangway but for the timely assistance rendered by Captain G. W. Gourley in his launch Vamoose. The Otter was anchored about 200 yards southwest of the wharf, but the heavy swell caused her to drag. Captain Gourley found that the anchor had fouled. He towed the Otter to the winter anchorage in the lee of the heavy kelp beds. Captain Vasquez, master of the Otter, was in Los Angeles at the time of the threatened catastrophe.”


December 12, 1913 [SBDN]: “Brilliant holly berries from Santa Cruz Island will decorate the homes of Los Angeles and Pasadena families for the Yuletide season. Captain Vasquez sails for the islands tomorrow morning to gather five tons of holly for one of the largest florists of Los Angeles. He returned from there this afternoon after completing a contract, and at once begins the collection of the holly. There is great care needed in harvesting the crop. The holly must not be picked when damp with fog or dew, but must be absolutely dry. After is has been gathered, Captain Vasquez will do it up into bales, and, loading the brilliant herbage upon the Otter, he will return to Santa Barbara and ship his festive cargo direct to Los Angeles. This shipment, it is said, will be the first of its kind from the Santa Barbara islands, and opens a new industry, which promises to become of large importance. The island holly is particularly brilliant and large. Specimens shown to the experts have aroused admiration, and the reputation acquired by the samples, which have found their way to Los Angeles attracted the big dealer with whom Captain Vasquez has just closed a contract. The shipment to Los Angeles, will prove another means of attracting attention to Santa Barbara and to the islands, as every spray sold will go out under the label ‘Santa Barbara Island Holly.’”


December 18, 1913 [SBMP]: “The development of a new industry on the Channel Islands is proven by the receipt yesterday of a consignment of walnuts and almonds from Santa Cruz Island. There were 85 bags of English walnuts and 20 bags of almonds, the product of the Caire orchards. The nuts are of good quality. They were brought across on Captain Vasquez boat, the Otter.”


January 13, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The schooner Santa Cruz, which was reported so badly damaged that repairs were thought useless, proves to be in splendid condition, and will return to Santa Barbara in April, and re-enter the island trade for the summer. Captain Vasquez this morning returned from San Pedro in the Otter bringing this news of the Santa Cruz. The repairs have been very extensive, much of the old planking having been replaced with new timbering, and the work of overhauling the vessel will probably not be completed for a month or two, but when she returns to the water she will be one of the swiftest boats afloat. The owners are now thinking of installing a 40-horse Imperial engine, and in many other ways improving her.”


February 4, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Vasquez with the launch Otter is at Santa Cruz Island after a consignment of seals for Herbert Rogers.”


February 11, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Vasquez of the launch Otter arrived here this morning from San Miguel Island where he witnessed the release of the British oil tanker Pectan from the sand bar. The vessel pulled herself from the bar without the aid of any of the vessels standing by, and proceeded north to have her hull thoroughly inspected before returning to Port San Luis for loading. Captain Vasquez reports that the feed on San Miguel is fast being buried beneath drifting sand. The once green island is now a white, bleak stretch of sand eight miles long and a mile and a half wide, with only a few green patches where the grass yet exists. Captain Waters of this city, with his brother John Waters, are on the island looking after the 3,000 sheep he has there. It is very likely the sheep will be removed. Captain Vasquez leaves tonight in the Otter to bring back Captain Waters and his brother to this city. Speaking of the Channel Islands Captain Vasquez says they were never more beautiful than now. The early rains have brought out the grass, until the entire Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa are carpeted with greenery, and even Anacapa shows a deep vernal hue in the distance. An early summer is predicted, and in anticipation of the heated term in the interior of the state coming much sooner than usual, Captain Vasquez is preparing to open his camp on Santa Cruz Island April 1.”


February 12, 1914 [LAT]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez of the launch Otter arrived here this morning from San Miguel Island, where he witnessed the release of the British oil tanker Pectan from the sand bar. The vessel pulled herself from the bar without the aid of any of the vessels standing by and proceeded north to have her hull thoroughly inspected before returning to Port San Luis for reloading. Captain Vasquez reports that the feed on San Miguel Island is being buried beneath the drifting sand. The once green island is now a white, bleak stretch of sand eight miles long and a mile and a half wide, with only a few green places where the grass as yet exists. Captain Waters of this city, with his brother, John Waters, are on the island looking after the 3000 sheep he has there. It is very likely the sheep will be removed. Captain Vasquez left tonight in the Otter to bring Captain Waters and his brother to this city.”


February 22, 1914 [SBMP]: “The launches Gussie M, Captain Ira Eaton, and the Otter, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, arrived from the islands yesterday, reporting quiet weather on the north side of the archipelago, the islands protecting the sea against the southeast blow. Bots boats brought several live seals, and Captain Eaton had several hundred pounds of crawfish.”


March 3, 1914 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter, Captain Vasquez, goes to Santa Cruz Island today to take some workmen to the Caire Ranch and take over and bring back mail. Then Captain Vasquez will go on a seal hunt to secure twelve of the species to fill an order received by Herbert Rogers.”


March 3, 1914 [SBMP]: “A party of a dozen men, intent on the royal sport of boar hunting, went to Santa Cruz Island on the Sampan with Captain Scotty Cunningham last Saturday night, expecting to return home the following evening. When midnight came with no tidings from the valiant nimrods, their wives and children and certain others became very anxious over their fate, and when a new day dawned with no sign of their return, visions of all sorts of disaster from shipwreck to death from boar tusks, arose among the half-frenzied watchers. At 10 o’clock A.M. yesterday, Captain Vasquez was dispatched in the Otter to search the waters of Old Ocean for the missing huntsmen. He had not far to look, for he ran into them at a point eight miles from the Santa Barbara shore. All was well with the hunters, and their only reason for not returning to the mainland on their original schedule was the fact that they had too much sense to set out in a small boat in water so rough that it would inevitably have swamped their little craft.”


March 12, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez goes to Santa Cruz Island in the Otter today for a good dozen live seals from the island caves.”


March 13, 1914 [SBMP]: “A party of five boys from the Dean School at Montecito, accompanied by one of their teachers, is reveling in the delights of Pelican Bay on Santa Cruz Island. They went over in the Otter Friday morning and will return to the mainland tomorrow.”


March 21, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Eight fine specimens of island seals were brought to Santa Barbara from Santa Cruz Island this morning by Captain Vasquez of the launch Otter, and will be shipped to Buffalo, where they will be trained. This makes 16 seals Captain Vasquez has brought in this week. Among the lot received this morning was one immense bull seal, savage as a tiger, and ready to fight at the motion of a finger.”


March 24, 1914 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter, Captain Vasquez, went to Prisoners’ Harbor yesterday with a cargo of lumber for the Caire estate, to be used in various repairs.”


March 26, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Vasquez takes a party of ten men, laborers, to the Caire ranch to Prisoners’ Harbor today on the Otter. He will return to the mainland this evening.”


March 26, 1914 [SBMP]: “Fred Hamilton is organizing an excursion to Santa Cruz Island for next Sunday. The party will make the trip on the Otter, with Valdez Harbor as the objective point…”


March 29, 1914 [SBMP]: “Fred Hamilton has organized for today a big party to go to Santa Cruz Island on the Otter, Captain Vasquez. The company, which will include both men and women, will number about thirty-five people. Most members of the newly organized Rod and Reel Club will be in the party, and they expect to bring home a lot of fish. The party will make the dinner camp at Valdez, by many thought to be the most beautiful harbor on the island, and will visit several other points of interest, returning to the mainland in the evening.”


March 31, 1914 [SBMP]: “Under the leadership of Fred Hamilton, a party of thirty-five people sailed for Santa Cruz Island on the Otter last Sunday morning, leaving the wharf shortly after 7 o’clock. The party landed at Valdez Harbor and had a fine time exploring the canyon, the beach, the caves and the mountain sides at this spot, so famous for the surpassingly beautiful pictures drawn by nature’s hand…”


April 3, 1914 [SBMP]:Otter to be given spring overhauling… Tonight Captain Vasquez is taking his powerboat, the Otter, to San Pedro to give her a new dress of paint and otherwise fit her for the opening of the new season at his camp at Fry's Harbor, which is set for the 15th inst. The captain is making arrangements for a material increase in facilities for taking care of island visitors. He will bring from San Pedro two small powerboats to serve as auxiliaries to the Otter in carrying passengers out on fishing trips and to and from the many beautiful spots on the island shore. These boats will accommodate about eight passengers and will make a speed of eight knots an hour. They will be about 27 feet in length and with six-foot beam.”


April 4, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Vasquez left for San Pedro with his powerboat, the Otter, yesterday afternoon to have the craft thoroughly overhauled for the coming season in the island transportation business.”


April 14, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The launch Otter is just one year old today, and in honor of the occasion Captain Vasquez has the staunch vessel elaborately decorated with flags. Captain Vasquez takes a crowd of Miramar guests to the islands Saturday.”


April 18, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The launch Otter, in charge of Captain Vasquez, left this morning for Santa Cruz Island with a large party of Miramar people, who chartered the boat for the day.”


April 19, 1914 [SBMP]: “A large party of guests of the Miramar Hotel went to Santa Cruz Island yesterday morning with Captain Vasquez on the Otter, returning to the mainland in the early evening.”


April 20, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain George Nidever, former commander of the power schooner Santa Cruz, will be in charge of the resort at Fry’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island this summer. This morning Captain Vasquez retained Captain Nidever for the position, and he sailed with the Otter for the island, carrying the final cargo of camping equipment. Captain Vasquez has now opened the camp for the summer. He expects a big patronage, having popularized the camp last summer as never before. A large number of Los Angeles and Pasadena people have already made reservations for June, July and August.”


April 20, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The launch Otter arrived this morning from Santa Cruz Island with ten seals for shipment east.”


April 21, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez, who went to Fry’s Harbor in the Otter yesterday, took along a lot of equipment for his camp, with the men to install it. He says that his camp will be of fully double the capacity of last years, and that it will be improved in several important features. George Nidever is to have charge of the camp this year. As soon as Captain Vasquez gets the camp plans started, he will set out for the island caves in the hunt for seals, he having an order for ten.”


April 24, 1914 [SBMP]: “Superintendent Revel came over from Prisoners’ Harbor in the Otter yesterday morning accompanied by his foreman of vaqueros to gather up a force of sheep shearers for the semi-annual wool clip on the island, in which operations will commence next Monday. About 25 or 30 men will be taken over by the Otter tomorrow for this work.”


April 24, 1914 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Rosaline Vasquez will take to his Fry’s Harbor camp in the Otter with 25 boys from the Miramar School, accompanied by two of their teachers, for a two-day frolic on the island…”


April 25, 1914 [SBMP]: “Twenty-two boys from Dean School in Montecito, boarded the powerboat Otter yesterday afternoon for Prisoners’ Harbor, where they will camp until tomorrow afternoon, when they will return to the mainland. They were accompanied by two of the maters of the school, Messrs. Alaben and St. John.”


April 28, 1914 [SBMP]: “Dean School of boys marooned. Otherwise they are having a fine time at Prisoners’ Harbor. A score or more of the boys from the Dean School at Montecito, who went to Prisoners’ Harbor in the Otter last Friday afternoon, to stay until Sunday afternoon, are still at that charming spot. The high wind that has prevailed for the past three days has roughened the surface of the channel… Captain Vasquez came over from the island yesterday and reported the boys well, comfortable and happy…”


April 29, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Twenty-one sunburned happy youngsters and three relieved instructors climbed from the launch Otter to Stearn’s Wharf this morning, and the end had come to an unusual experience for the pupils of Deane’s school at Montecito... Their Santa Cruz Island experience, which was prolonged three days and a half beyond schedule because of the wind, was one round of pleasure…”


April 30, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The schooner Santa Cruz, after being long expected from San Pedro, arrived on her maiden trip since her disaster on the Rincon reef, this morning. She has all her old familiar lines, no outward change being noticeable. The biggest alteration is the installation of a new and powerful engine. She will resume her freight carrying to Santa Cruz Island. This relieves Captain Vasquez of the Otter, from the freighting business, and henceforth the Otter will devote its time to the passenger traffic.”


May 9, 1914 [SBMP]: “E. Russell Ray, Oscar Brown and Sherman Stow are giving an island party today in honor of Mr. And Mrs. William J. Knapp, Jr. The party numbering 20 people, will go over to Santa Cruz in the power launch Otter, and will visit several points of interest on the beautiful island, returning to the mainland this evening.”


May 18, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The Elks annual outing to the Santa Barbara islands proved a big success yesterday. The steamer Santa Clara left the wharf sharp at 7:30 in the morning and 134 Elks and their families, and the day proved one of unalloyed pleasure, not a mishap being reported. The big fish dinner prepared by L. B. Fazio, chef of the local Elks Club, was a revelation in the way of a feed… Besides those carried over by the Santa Clara, and the Otter, other boats were chartered…”


May 18, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Scientists of the University of California are to begin research work on Santa Cruz Island and other islands of the channel group this week… While at the islands Mr. Riedel will have a force of men engaged in gathering the seed of the Comarostaphylis diversifolia and the Lyonothamnus floribundus, which are native to Santa Cruz Island and cannot be found anywhere else in the world… The trip will be made in the launch Otter.”


May 23, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Mrs. H. C. Sexton of this city, Mr. and Mrs. George Fryer and son of Los Angeles, returned by the launch Otter this morning from eight days' outing at Dick's Harbor on Santa Cruz Island. They brought back a number of curious Indian relics and quite a few beautiful ferns. The trip from the island to Santa Barbara was made in exactly two hours and twenty minutes. Among the passengers was ‘Bob,’ the big English bulldog belonging to the Sextons.”


May 26, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Thirty-five school girls of Carinteria with their instructors will sail for Santa Cruz Island Saturday morning in the Otter for an outing. While pleasure inspires the trip the pupils will take the opportunity to learn more intimately of the natural wonders of the island.”


May 30, 1914 [SBMP]: “A party whose members will be mostly Carpinterians, with a small number of Santa Barbara High School pupils, will go to Santa Cruz Island today in the launch Otter, leaving the pier about 6:30 o'clock A.M. Mrs. Caldwell of Carpinteria is the leader of this party. The company will number thirty-five people…”


June 5, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The naval reserves, 35 strong, leave Saturday for Santa Cruz Island on the Otter for a practice trip. They take their big gun along, and wile away will maneuver and engage in target practice…”


June 15, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The Otter came in from Santa Cruz Island this morning with a party of Summerland oil men and their families, who have been spending two weeks at Fry’s camp. They report the island never more beautiful and their stay one long enjoyment. Tomorrow the Otter takes to the camp a party of Los Angeles people, and will sail from the camp after several seals specially ordered by a London trainer.”


June 29, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Reaves Eason, one of the members of the Flying A staff of actors, had a thrilling experience on San Miguel Island yesterday, plunging over a cliff and rolling twenty-five feet to the bottom, being badly injured. He was found by a searching party and rescued from the rising tide. Mr. Eason was one of a party of actors who had gone to the island on a hunting trip. He had become separated from his companions, and as night was lowering he hurrying over the rocks to reach camp and allay any anxiety that his absence might have been aroused. Suddenly his foot tripped and he went headfirst over an embankment and rolled to the bottom. While boats were skirting the shore in search of him, and a hunt was progressing ashore, David Greenwall, in one of the boats, heard the injured man groan and directed the boating party to the spot where Eason lay. He was brought to Santa Barbara last night aboard the Otter. The full extent of his injuries will not be known for several days.”


July 12, 1914 [SBMP]: “Two excursions will go to Santa Cruz Island this morning, the Sea Wolf taking one of them to Pelican Bay and the Otter the other to Fry’s Harbor. The former party will contain a number of people who are to camp on the island for several days.”


July 14, 1914 [SBMP]: “A camping party led by Mrs. Figg-Hoblyn and Miss Selwyn, went to Fry’s Harbor in the Otter for a camping out at that beautiful spot for a week or ten days.”


August 5, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The launch Otter sailed to Santa Cruz Island this morning with a big party of campers of Captain Vasquez camp at Fry’s Harbor.”


August 10, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The Otter will leave here tonight for Santa Cruz Island with provisions and mail for the G. K. Knapp party of Montecito, who went to the island last week, and will be there until the end of the week.”


August 11, 1914 [SBMP]: “Mr. And Mrs. Louis F. Ruiz and their daughter, Miss Marjorie, Mr. And Mrs. Edward A. Diehl and Miss Anita Thompson left in the Otter yesterday for Fry’s Harbor, where they will camp for ten days. These men are famous island campers, and they have for years regularly spent their summer vacations with their families on Santa Cruz Island. They have the most complete camping outfit known in this region, and what they do not know about fishing, and enjoying the island joys is not very well worth worrying over.”


August 12, 1914 [SBDNI]: “George Owen Knapp and his party of campers, chaperoned by Mrs. William Miller Graham, who have been having a delightful outing at Santa Cruz Island, are expected to arrive tonight or tomorrow. They have been gone a week.”


August 14, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Le Roy and Lionel Armstrong, prominent society people of Santa Barbara, who have taken cottages at Montecito for the summer, leave tomorrow on Captain Vasquez yacht, the Otter, for a cruise about the Santa Barbara islands, with a party of friends. They have chartered the yacht for the day, and a merry outing is anticipated, with stops at many romantic nooks.”


August 16, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Vasquez took a party of campers to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, yesterday morning in the Otter.”


August 17, 1914 [SBMP]: “A party of fifteen went to Fry’s Harbor in the Otter yesterday morning, and had a delightful day at that beautiful island resort, returning to the mainland in the evening.”


August 17, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The Otter sailed this morning with a party for the islands, and with provisions for parties now on the islands.”


August 20, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Three hundred pounds of barracuda, bass, albacore and bonita were caught yesterday by L. D. Guyer, LeRoy Armstrong, and Lionel Armstrong of Pasadena, who made a fishing trip to the islands aboard the launch Otter. They are guests at the Potter.”


August 20, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The launch Otter left early this morning with a party for Santa Cruz Island. The Otter returned from the islands Sunday. Captain Vasquez is having an unusually busy summer.”


August 24, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Vasquez sailed this morning for Santa Cruz Island on the Otter with members of the Flying A, who go to take scenes not obtainable elsewhere. They particularly wish to secure the romantic waterfall pictures. There are a number of highly effective waterfalls on the island, which will make splendid setting for stories which the Flying A is to film. It is also stated that they will film a Robinson Crusoe skit while away.”


August 27, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Harry Pollard, one of the directors of the Flying A company, made pictures at Castle Rock and on the channel close to shore this afternoon. A company of the Santa Barbara film companies actors are making regular trips into the channel and to the islands on the Otter, for pictures of ocean and wild coasts.”


August 30, 1914 [SBMP]: “Instead of remaining at Santa Cruz Island but three days, Henry Otto, director of the Santa Barbara Motion Picture Company, has decided to remain longer with his group of players. The Otter returned here yesterday for more provisions. It is believed Mr. Otto has decided the situation is so unusual that he will take advantage of it for more pictures than he originally planned.”


September 2, 1914 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter returned this morning from Santa Cruz Island, wither she took a small party of campers the day before for an outing at Fry’s Harbor for a few days.”


September 19, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Thirty members of the Quorum Literary Society left early this morning aboard the launch Otter with Captain Rosaline Vasquez for Santa Cruz Island. The party took with them provisions for a large picnic…”


September 20, 1914 [SBMP]: “Members of the Quorum Club of the high school, chaperoned by faulty members of the same, went by the Otter to Valdez Harbor, Santa Cruz Island yesterday, and had a very happy time at that delightful locality, considered by many the most charming spot on all the island…”


September 20, 1914 [SBMP]: “Last Sunday Mrs. F. N. Gehl and her daughter and Miss Gladys Moley went in the Otter to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for a short stay in camp. They are expected to return to the mainland this evening.”


September 28, 1914 [SBDNI]: “W. A. Brackenridge, Windsor Soule and John Whittemore have returned from an outing at Captain Vasquez’ camp on Santa Cruz Island. They had great sport aboard the launch Otter, fishing for the big deep sea fish and landing three tuna.”


October 26, 1914 [SBDNI]: “To shoot wild boars and hunt fish for a few days, ten young men from the Santa Barbara motion picture company left yesterday in the powerboat Otter, Captain Vasquez, for Santa Cruz Island, to be gone part of this week. A party of eight trained nurses took the ride across the channel, returning with the boat in the afternoon.”


November 3, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Movie people are now very busy filming Santa Barbara scenery. Everyone was extremely busy at the Flying A studio last week… After passing four or five days at Santa Cruz Island last week, Director Scott R. Beal, Assistant Director Everitt Shallenberger, and several other notables of the Santa Barbara studio, are back on the job again… Captain Vasquez of the powerboat Otter took the movie men over, and treated them right royally, virtually turning over to them the key to his camp…”


December 5, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Thrilling experience of film folk on island trip. Hurled from their feet by blasts of wind of almost cyclonic fury, while attempting to take pictures on the highest peak of Santa Cruz Island; forced to walk tied together with ropes for safety, along a narrow goat path, with a cliff of 1000 feet dropping sheer below them and darkness approaching, in order to regain their camp; and as a climax seeing one of their men nearly drowned when he fell overboard in a gale and was rescued by Captain Rosaline Vasquez, the lives of director Harry Pollard, Margarita Fischer and other players of the American feature company of the Flying A were endangered recently while they were on the island taking most of the exterior scenes of The Quest, a four-reel production, the initial one produced by Mr. Pollard’s company. Mr. Pollard today said the accident, which nearly cost the life of one of the men, occurred just as the powerboat Otter, of which Rosaline Vasquez is the captain, was preparing to return to the mainland with the players. A gale came up, and the sail gear became tangled in the propeller. Lonnie Marago, one of the cowboys employed in the company, climbed out on a spar and tried to free it. The boat was rolling and pitching in the heavy swell, and in one of the lurches, Marago lost his grip and fell overboard. He disappeared beneath the waves. Captain Vasquez hauled him out of the water from under the boat just in time… The company passed two weeks on the island, and nearly fifteen persons were needed to take the 125 scenes…”


January 23, 1915 [SBDN]: “A jitney sea craft is the latest innovation coming to Santa Barbara. Captain Vasquez of the Otter is having a speedboat built to put on between here and Santa Cruz Island which will make the trip in an hour and a half, and he proposes to cut the fare to 50 cents… The craft is to be named Sea Jitney. It will be fitted out in the most approved fashion for sea travel, and pass the most thorough inspection. The captain says that it is to follow the latest lines of construction, with an engine that burns one-quarter the fuel used by the ordinary gasoline launch.”


February 18, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Captain Vasquez of the Otter is planning to have a big summer colony at his camp on Santa Cruz Island. Mr. Vasquez has been in Los Angeles looking after the work on his new launch, the Sea Jitney, and while there received many inquiries from people wanting to know when the camp would open. ‘Santa Cruz is going to be a busy island this summer,’ said the captain. ‘With thousands of more people on the coast than have been here before, the island traffic will increase steadily, and from the number of reservations I have already received, the camp will be a lively place, eclipsing anything we have known heretofore.’ Captain Vasquez regards the islands as Santa Barbara’s biggest asset, as little developed as the city’s industrial possibilities. The island owners had been figuring on a big hotel for Santa Cruz, but while these plans are not abandoned by a long way, they believe that the population of the state does not yet justify such an expenditure.”


May 6, 1915 [SBMP]: “Bernard Hilbing, formerly of Los Angeles, has come to Santa Barbara to engage in the island excursion business. Mr. Hilbing has secured from Frank Garbutt of Los Angeles the powerboat Otter for the purposes in view, and he and Captain Vasquez came up from San Pedro last Tuesday night in that craft, which is well and favorably known here through her operations in the same line last year. Captain Vasquez will again be in command of the boat as sailing master.”


May 6, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The powerboat Otter is to renew its run between Santa Barbara and the islands. Bernard Hilbing, formerly of San Francisco, arrived here last evening to take the management of the business of Frank Garbutt, owner. Captain Vasquez will be the sailing master, and Mr. Hilbing assumes charge of the bookings, of the financial end. The Otter will be thoroughly renovated, and put in first class shape for the summer. When she again resumes her run she will be one of the most attractive boats in this section, and it will be the aim of the manager to keep her spick and span; the very last word in cleanliness. ‘We look forward to a very prosperous summer,’ said Mr. Hilbing today, ‘and are going to keep the Otter bright as a dollar, and attractive to ocean excursionists. We believe the island run will be more than ever popular. Santa Barbara is to have an all summer crowd of visitors, and there will be few of these who will not want to take a trip, besides the demands of residents who are fascinated with the island cruise will give a heavy business for all boat owners.’”


May 7, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Eaton of the Sea Wolf having made arrangements to take six or eight excursion parties to the islands within the next ten days, and his boat now being engaged in the salvage of the cargo of the wrecked Aggi off the coast of Santa Rosa Island. He has transferred his excursion business for the present to the Otter, recently arrived from San Pedro.”


May 8, 1915 [SCICo]: “Mr. Frank Garbutt, Los Angeles, Calif. Dear Sir: For your information we enclose herewith a copy of letter which we are sending to Mr. R. Vasquez of Santa Barbara. The letter explains itself and our object in sending you a copy is to call your attention to this matter in case Mr. Bernard Hibling [Hilbing] has made any arrangement in the chartering or leasing of your boat Otter for the purpose of bringing excursionists to Fry’s Harbor or any other harbor of Santa Cruz Island. Kindly take notice of our letter to Mr. Vasquez. We remain Yours truly, The Santa Cruz Island Co., AJC.”


May 9, 1915 [SBMP]:Otter busy. Yesterday morning the powerboat Otter, Captain Vasquez, went to Santa Cruz Island with a party of Potter Hotel guests. There were fifteen passengers, and they were all delighted with the island beauties and with a visit to the wreck of the Aggi off the shore of Santa Rosa Island. Bernard Hilbing, who came up from Los Angeles a few days ago to manage the Otter’s excursion business, reports a number of charters for this week. Today the boat is at Valdez Harbor with a party of twenty-five of the Flying A people who started over at a late hour last night and will return this evening.”


May 10, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Returning with a 250 pound wild boar, one of the veterans of the wild hog tribe on Santa Cruz Island, a party of Flying A employees came back late yesterday from the island, their hunt having been highly successful. The old tusker they brought back is the largest shot on the island this year to date, and when alive must have stood as high as a big Newfoundland dog. The movie men made the trip in the Otter, Captain Vasquez’s boat. ”


May 11, 1915 [SBMP]: “The Flying A boys who went to the island in the Otter last Saturday night, returned at 4 o’clock P.M. on the following day, having had a royal good time at Valdez Cave and in the surrounding country on a wild boar hunt. As a trophy of their chase, they brought home an immense old boar, with tusks seven inches long, the monster having been shot by a member of the party.”


May 11, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The summer excursion season from this city to Santa Cruz Island will be opened May 23, when the powerboat Otter will begin its Sunday trips to Friar’s Harbor, making the round trip in one day, and allowing several hours to be passed on the island, far-famed the world over for its natural beauty. Bill Hilbing, business agent for the Otter, said today a round-trip rate of $2 will prevail throughout the summer, which is considerably less than the rate charged between Los Angeles and Catalina Island, practically the same distance.”


May 12, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Camping parties for Santa Cruz Island planned. Otter will carry first crowd of season tomorrow from Carpinteria… Tomorrow afternoon the Otter will carry a party of Cate School Carpinteria, pupils and teachers, to Pelican Bay… Friday afternoon a good-sized party of Normal School students, both men and women, numbering 35 persons, will make the trip to Fry’s Harbor…”


May 13, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will be a busy craft for the latter part of this week. Tomorrow she will take a party of twenty-five of the pupils and teachers of the Cate School of Carpinteria to Pelican Bay to camp there until Sunday. Friday morning a party of about twenty-five students of the State Normal School will go over to Fry’s Harbor on the Otter, and will have the use of the boat for that day and the next for cruises around the island and the wreck of the Aggi, off the northwest coast of Santa Rosa Island. The Pelican Bay party will be brought home by the boat Sunday forenoon, and the busy craft will then return to Fry’s Harbor for the campers who are there, and who will arrive home on the mainland some time that night.”


May 13, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A merry party of students from the Cate School, Carpinteria, left this afternoon in the powerboat Otter for Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island. The youngsters and several teachers will remain on the island until Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock. They took along a good supply of old clothes, groceries, blankets, and other necessities for a camping trip. Captain R. Vasquez was in charge of the voyagers.”


May 14, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Cate School boys on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz Island is being explored thoroughly and delightedly today by a happy party of boy students from the Cate School, Carpinteria, who are enjoying the delights of camping out at Pelican Bay. The youngsters left here yesterday on the Otter, in charge of Captain R. Vasquez…”


May 19, 1915 [SBDNI]: “So delighted are the Normal School students who went on the excursion to Santa Cruz Island over Saturday and Sunday, with the beauty of the wondrous isle, that they are planning another trip for early July. A total of 37 students, both men and women, enjoyed the outing, returning late Sunday. Various points of interest, including Prisoners’ Harbor, Pelican Bay, Seal Rocks, Painted Cave and Cueva Valdez were visited and explored. The party made the trip in the motorboat Otter, the craft’s business agent, B. Hilbing, personally conducting the students, and seeing that everyone had a good time.”


May 20, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Indications are that the initial Sunday excursion from this city to Santa Cruz Island, to take place this coming Sunday, May 23, in the powerboat Otter, will be well patronized. B. Hilbing, business agent of the boat, said today the Otter will leave Stearn’s Wharf promptly at 9 o’clock Sunday morning, returning late in the afternoon. The boat will take passengers to those beauty spots of the island reached in one day, and will allow the excursionists several hours to walk over the hills and see what the big place looks like.”


May 20, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A party of students from the Gring School of Montecito, will enjoy a three-day outing to Santa Cruz Island, leaving tomorrow in the powerboat Otter, Captain R. Vasquez, master. The boys will leave here tomorrow morning at 8:30, taking camping equipment and provisions, and will stay on the island until Sunday afternoon. There will be nine boys in the party, under the leadership of Principal R. B. Gring of the school.”


May 22, 1915 [SBDNI]: “With 29 persons signed up for the trip, the powerboat Otter will leave here at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning from Stearn’s Wharf, to pass the day at Santa Cruz Island. Captain R. Vasquez will be in charge, and B. Hilbing, business agent of the boat, believes that the weekly excursions the boat will take over every Sunday after tomorrow, will be a big help in exploiting the charms of the island, and enabling Santa Barbarans to realize how beautiful its scenery really is.”


May 23, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will take Manager Hilbing and a party he has organized for a trip to Fry’s Harbor today, returning this evening.”


May 24, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A merry party of 34 men and women, including a number of tourists, yesterday took advantage of the first summer excursion of the season, to visit Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, in the powerboat Otter. The run was made in two hours and three quarters…”


May 25, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter took a merry party of thirty people to Fry’s Harbor last Saturday, starting at 8 A.M., and returning home about 8:30 in the evening. The excursionists reported a very enjoyable time at the beautiful island resort.”


May 25, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Framed collections of Santa Cruz Island marine and landscape photography, have been distributed at various public places in Santa Barbara today, by B. Hilbing, business agent of the Otter, with the west boulevard and waterfront as a background, is also shown.”


May 26, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will go to Fry’s Harbor today with a crew to establish a camp there for the summer. There will be a complete outfit of tents, well furnished, and all of the facilities of camp life at its best. Manager Hilbing will provide accommodations at once for twenty-five people, and increased the capacity as may be needed. The next party to go to the island by the Otter will be a company of twenty-five members of the Flying A, who will go over next Saturday night, returning the following night. An excursion party will also make the trip next Sunday morning, returning to the mainland in the evening.”


May 28, 1915 [SBMP]: “Bernard Hilbing, manager of the powerboat Otter, returned yesterday from Fry’s Harbor, where he had taken a crew of men the day before to establish a camp for accommodation of pleasure parties visiting the island. Mr. Hilbing said that by tonight arrangements will be complete for the comfortable entertainment of fifteen people at the camp, and that increased facilities will be supplied as fast as needed. The Otter is chartered for numerous island excursions for the near future.”


May 28, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A summer camp, with facilities for housing and feeding 15 people, has been established at Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, by Bernard Hilbing, business agent of the Otter, who has just returned from the island, after passing several days arranging the camp. The Otter will make regular Sunday excursions to the beautiful island all summer, and on week days, will be free for charter purposes by special parties.”


May 31, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Carrying a party of 20 excursionists to Santa Cruz Island, the powerboat Otter left today in charge of Captain R. Vasquez, to explore the beauty of the isle, Fry’s Harbor, Painted Cave, Cueva Valdez, Seal Rocks, and other points of interest were visited.”


June 1, 1915 [SBDNI]: “In order to make use of the island’s unsurpassed scenery as backgrounds for a photoplay, the Kalem Film Company of Los Angeles, today made arrangements with B. Hilbing, business agent of the powerboat Otter, to take a party of motion picture artists to Santa Cruz Island a week from today. The movie people will make the newly-established camp at Fry’s Harbor their headquarters.”


June 1, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A party consisting of a dozen Hotel Potter guests, will leave tomorrow in the powerboat Otter, to visit Painted Cave, Fry’s Harbor, and Prisoners’ Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. Captain R. Vasquez, master of the boat, will be in charge.”


June 6, 1915 [SBMP]: “R. J. Teik, assistant room clerk, and A. B. Ray, bellboy of the Potter Hotel, and H. Greer of the Arlington bellboys, go to Fry’s Harbor on the Otter this morning for a week in camp on the island.”


June 7, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Robert Telk, E. Ray and Alex Green left Sunday morning aboard the launch Otter for the islands where they will camp out for two weeks’ vacation.”


June 8, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Another of the Otter’s excursionists to Santa Cruz Island will be made Sunday, leaving Stearn’s Wharf at 8 A.M. This will be the last opportunity for three weeks to visit the island in the Otter, as all reservations possible for the boat have been taken for both June 20 and June 27. ‘The weather will never be any finer for making the trip, than right now,’ said B. Hilbing, business agent of the boat, today. ‘Last Sunday was the first time in several weeks that excursionists could land at Painted Cave. The water is now smoother there than at any time this year, making the journey a delight.’”


June 11, 1915 [OC]: “The first trip to Santa Cruz Island by the motorboat Otter from Hueneme will be made on Sunday, June 27. It was first intended to make this trip on Sunday, June 20, but ‘unforeseen contingencies,’ the agent writes, have forced the change. Reservations for the trip may be made at the Courier office, and tickets will be delivered later.”


June 11, 1915 [SBDN]: “Facilities for island visits are increasing. Growing popularity of island retreats leads to number of powerboats. Better and ample facilities for visiting Santa Cruz and the other Channel Islands, famed throughout the world for their natural beauty, will be offered to Santa Barbarans by July 1, than ever before. Early next week, Captain Ira K. Eaton expects to conclude negotiations for a magnificent passenger vessel, the finest and largest ever carrying passengers to the islands from this port… At the present time, there is only one boat, the Otter, Captain R. Vasquez, engaged in the passenger-carrying business between this city and the islands…”


June 20, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday afternoon, starting about 1 o’clock, a party of thirty members of the University Club, men and women, left for Santa Cruz Island in the powerboat Otter. The party had provided itself with bountiful camp equipment, with the view of spending the night at Valdez Harbor. A visit to the Painted Cave is scheduled for the early hours of today, when, it is hoped, the water will be smooth enough to permit the use of the small boats necessary to be used in entering the great subterranean cavern. The party is expected to return home this evening.”


June 21, 1915 [SBDNI]: “In the big party that spent Sunday at Santa Cruz Island leaving here aboard the Otter Saturday night were a party of seven from the Hunt Mercantile Company. They were Gil Kimberley, E. J. Houghton, Richard Tyler, W. E. Ellis, A. O. Hathaway, R. E. Dane and V. Green.”


June 21, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The Otter arrived last night, bringing back a party of University Club members who enjoyed a two-day outing at Santa Cruz Island.”


June 23, 1915 [SBDNI]: “One of the biggest parties taken over in the Otter this season, will leave here Saturday evening at 6:30 for Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for the weekend, staying there until Sunday night. Those going number about 35, and are members of the big Flying A ‘family.’ The party includes actors and actresses, directors and their wives, and other employees of the American Film Company’s Santa Barbara plant. Business agent B. Hilbing of the Otter reports business brisk, and indications that this summer will set a new record for excursions to the beautiful Channel Islands.”


June 26, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Thirty-five American Film Company employees will leave tonight at 6:30 o’clock for Santa Cruz Island to spend Sunday at Fry’s Harbor and return here Sunday night. The party is made up of employees from all departments of the big film company. Business manager B. Hilbing of the Otter, in which the motion picture workers will make the trip, is arranging special entertainment for the big party in the way of a feast at the camps and tours about the island.”


June 27, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will take a party of excursionists to Fry’s Harbor this morning to spend the day there and return to the mainland this evening.”


June 29, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The forty Flying A employees who went to the islands Sunday aboard the powerboat Otter, report that they had the finest cruise possible. The party left at 9:30 in the evening and enjoyed a beautiful moonlight voyage to the islands. The voyagers had a good rest at the camp, and were up early in the morning for a splendid breakfast served on camp tables decorated with flowers and ferns. During the day Painted Cave, Ladies Harbor, Valdez, and a number of other interesting places about the island were visited. Fishing, rowing and swimming were enjoyed by the party. A splendid barbecue was arranged for the evening. The boat started home with its crown about 3:30 in the afternoon and landed here on Sunday evening at 6 o’clock. Every member of the big party praised manager B. Hilbing and Captain Rosaline Vasquez for the management of the trip. Those who went were…”


June 30, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Landscape and marine painters are finding Santa Cruz Island a source of inspiration for their creative efforts. This week there are three artists on the island. Edgar Payne left today on the Otter for Valdez Cave, and Karl Schmidt and Frederick Rhend are already there. Mr. Payne will stay a week, resting and doing landscape work. W. T. Hawkins, a wealthy New York machine manufacturer, left today on the Otter with two friends, for a week’s stay at Fry’s Harbor.”


June 30, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Holiday excursion to Santa Cruz Island by fast power schooner Otter. Captain R. Vasquez, Master. Saturday July 3rd, leaving Stearn’s Wharf at 7 P.M., Sunday July 4th leaving Stearn’s Wharf at 8 A.M. Round trip fare, $2. Good for return either July 4th or Juy 5th. Tickets on sale: Santa Fe Ticket office, 812 State Street or Ruiz Drug Store, 729 State Street. Special trips on week days. For particulars see B. Hilbing, agent, 812 State Street.”


June 30, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The remainder of this week and the rest of next will keep Captain R. Vasquez and business agent B. Hilbing of the Otter more than busy, so that they will not have much time to observe July 4th. Friday night the Otter will carry a big party of Normal School students, men and women, numbering 40 persons, from this city to Valdez Harbor, leaving here at 12:30 P.M. Friday, and returning here early Tuesday morning in time for them to resume their day. Saturday evening a good-sized party will board the boat for the islands, a portion of the voyagers having Fry’s Harbor as their destination, and the remainder going to Ladies’ Harbor. The Fry’s Harbor party will return Sunday, and the others the following day. Sunday morning the Otter will cross the Channel again, leaving Stearn’s Wharf at 8 o’clock, carrying another sizable party across to the magic isle, and bringing part of them back Sunday evening. The rest will camp out until Monday evening.”


July 2, 1915 [SBMP]: “Holiday excursion to Santa Cruz Island by fast power schooner Otter, Captain R. Vasquez, master, Saturday July 3rd leaving Stearn’s Wharf at 7 P.M., Sunday, July 4th leaving Stearn’s Wharf at 8 A.M. Round trip fare $2. Good for return either July 4th or July 5th.”


July 2, 1915 [SBMP]: “Tomorrow evening the Otter will take to the islands a party of from 25 to 30 people who want to celebrate the 4th [of July] there. They will start at 7 o'clock and return home on the following Monday evening. The boat will return to the mainland between these two trips and take on the regular Sunday excursion party for that day.”


July 2, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A party of 30 persons will be taken to Santa Cruz Island tomorrow night in the Otter to pass the Fourth and Monday there. The excursionists will leave Stearn’s Wharf at 7 o’clock Saturday evening. The Otter will return to carry its regular Sunday passengers over.”


July 3, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Carrying a party of 25 excursionists to Santa Cruz Island, the powerboat Otter will leave Stearn’s Wharf at 7 o’clock this evening, for a Fourth of July excursion across the channel. The passengers will be taken to three of the island’s most picturesque camping sites, Fry’s Harbor, Ladies Harbor, and Valdez Cave. Some of the campers will return tomorrow night, while the others will remain on the mystic isle until Monday afternoon. The Otter will lead the water pageant Monday night, towing a fleet of handsomely illuminated small water craft.”


July 4, 1915 [SBMP]: “The power schooner Santa Cruz Island, the Otter and the Sea Wolf will all be in the water pageant as big as life tomorrow night. The smaller craft named both have parties for the islands on that day, but they will hustle the excursionists home in time for the big water event that is expected to be so fine a feature of the 4th of July celebration.”


July 2, 1915 [OC]: “There were only a few passengers for the Otter on its trip from Hueneme to Santa Cruz Island, and because there were so few the boat did not return to Hueneme, but went to Santa Barbara instead, the passengers being refunded money for their railroad fare. Having been advertised to make the trip, however, it was madew as scheduled. Those who went had a most delightful time, witnessing and taking part in a big barbecue at Fry’s Harbor, given in honor of 45 members of the Flying A motion picture company, who returned to Santa Barbara with the Hueneme passengers.”


July 3, 1915 [SBMP]: “Carrying a party of 25 excursionists to Santa Cruz Island, the powerboat Otter will leave Stearn’s Wharf at 7 o’clock this evening for a Fourth of July excursion across the channel. The passengers will be taken to three of the island's most picturesque camping sites, Fry's Harbor, Ladies' Harbor and Valdez Cave. Some of the campers will return tomorrow night, while the others will remain on the mystic isle until Monday afternoon. The Otter will lead the water pageant Monday night, towing a fleet of handsomely illuminated small water craft.”


July 11, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday the powerboat Otter took a small party of Montecito people to Fry's Harbor for the day, returning in the evening. This morning the Otter will make its usual Sunday excursion to the island.”


July 16, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Another big island party for Sunday is being arranged by Manager Hilbing of the Otter. Weather conditions at the island are now ideal, and the camps there are prepared to serve fine barbecues. Those who have made the trip recently report good fishing around the islands.”


July 20, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter took a party of thirty-five excursionists to Santa Cruz Island last Sunday morning. The Painted Cave was visited, after which the party went to Fry's Harbor, where the balance of the day was spent in inspecting the many charms of that beautiful island resort, the return to the mainland being made in the early evening hours.”


July 25, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter, Captain Vasquez, will take an excursion party of twenty people to Fry's Harbor this morning, leaving the commercial wharf at 8 o'clock and returning to the mainland in the evening.”


July 26, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Captain Vasquez took to Santa Cruz Island yesterday a party of 20 people, who, after enjoying the day, returned last evening. The powerboat Otter made a very swift run. Fishing off the island is said to be very good now.”


July 27, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Captain Vasquez of the Otter will take a big crowd of excursionists to the island Thursday, another Friday, and on Saturday a party of 15 will go. One party goes to the south side of Santa Cruz Island for a fishing trip. Captain Vasquez reports fishing off the island very good. His camp is a merry place night and day, being splendidly patronized.”


July 30, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter went to Fry’s Harbor yesterday morning with a dozen people who will return to the mainland tonight. The Otter came back last evening, and will take another party across the channel this morning. She has a party for tomorrow and the usual Sunday excursion for the following day.”


August 1, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will this morning make its usual Sunday excursion trip to Fry's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, returning in the evening.”


August 10, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Captain Vasquez went to Santa Cruz Island on the Otter this morning with a party of ten from Santa Barbara. They will spend two days fishing and hunting.”


August 16, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The Otter returned from the islands early Sunday morning with a party of local people who have been camping on Santa Cruz Island for the past two weeks. The party started home Saturday evening, but became so drenched from heavy seas that they landed at Frye’s Harbor to dry off before continuing In the party were Misses Nonie Meggs, Helen Ackers, Esther Howard, Miss Selwyn, and Richardine Figg-Hoblyn and Messrs. Westropp Figg-Hoblyn, Odell Figg-Hoblyn and Mason Le Bardin.”


August 2, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The Otter took a merry crowd of excursionists to Santa Cruz Island yesterday. The trip proved most enjoyable. Captain Vasquez states that there is now very good fishing at Pelican Bay.”


August 3, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning the Otter took a small party of campers to Fry’s Harbor.”


August 8, 1915 [SBMP]: “The power schooner Otter leaves this morning with a party of excursionists for the islands. Fry's Harbor and Cueva Valdez will be visited before returning. Additional excursions will be made Monday and Tuesday of this week.”


August 10, 1915 [SBMP]: “The power schooner Otter leaves this morning for Valdez Harbor with a party of ten Santa Barbara people and five from Santa Paula. Another camping and fishing party leaves on the same boat for Fry's Harbor to stay two days.”


August 17, 1915 [SBMP]: “Peter Brunnaugh and Frank L. Shearer of Los Angeles and Ira L. Hobby, cashier of First National Bank of El Centro, went to Santa Cruz Island in the Otter last evening...”


August 21, 1915 [SBMP]: “Chicago party has fine outing… in the Otter, which Captain George W. Gourley had chartered for a four days’ expedition for the benefit of these men. The party camped at Fry’s Harbor and used a boat each day in visiting the different places of interest along the island shores and in fishing and cruising around in the channel waters…”


August 22, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter went to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, yesterday morning with a party of campers. She came back last night, and will make her regular Sunday trip to the island this morning.”


August 30, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboats Otter and Sea Wolf will both take pleasure parties to Santa Cruz Island this morning for the day.”


August 31, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter took a party of Miramar people to Fry’s Harbor last Sunday for a week of camping and fishing.”


September 2, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will go to the islands with a fishing party tomorrow morning, and the following night will take a number of people to Fry’s Harbor for a week of camping. The boat will return in time to take over the usual Sunday excursion party to its island harbor.”


September 12, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Otter will today make its regular Sunday excursion to Fry’s Harbor, leaving at 8 o’clock A.M. and returning to the mainland this evening.”


September 14, 1915 [SBMP]: “Last Sunday the Otter took a party of sixteen people to Fry’s Harbor for the day. All had a fine time on the island. The Sea Wolf took over a small party of campers, who will put in a few days at beautiful Pelican Bay.”


October 1, 1915 [SBMP]: “... Last Wednesday, Mr. More organized a small party of his commercial cronies for a fishing cruise around the island waters. The party, including beside Mr. More, B. F. Zimmer of Chicago and F. H. Leonhardt, B. T. Flack and P. S. Schleussner of New York, chartered the powerboat Otter and went out with Captain Vasquez for big fish. They got them...”


October 8, 1915 [SBMP]: “Tomorrow morning a happy company of the members of the junior college class of the local high school will go to Fry’s Harbor in the powerboat Otter to spend the day in the enjoyment of the island charms. The party will number about twenty.”


October 8, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The members of the Junior College class of the high school have arranged a trip to the islands aboard the Otter tomorrow morning. There will be about 20 of the class in the party. They will land on the island at Fry’s Harbor.”


October 10, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday the powerboat Otter, which has been busy in the island excursion traffic for its second season in these waters, was taken to San Pedro to lay her up for the winter.”


October 10, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning a gay party of twenty members of the high school junior college class went to the wharf about 7 o’clock to take the powerboat Otter for a visit to Santa Cruz Island, in pursuance of plans prearranged. The craft had been chartered for the occasion, however was not in waiting, and a little inquiry on the dock brought the information that the Otter had, somewhat earlier, started for San Pedro…”


October 11, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The voyage to the islands planned Saturday by the members of the high school Junrio College failed because the powerboat Otter left for San Pedro early in the morning instead of making the island trip as was scheduled. The Junior College people changed their plans when they found their boat gone and took an auto trip to Carpinteria where they spent the day.”


February 9, 1916 [SBDN]: “Word comes from San Diego that Captain Vasquez, formerly master of the power boat Otter, is under the care of surgeons at San Diego, having been badly injured in a collision with an automobile.”


February 23, 1916 [SBDN]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez, of the launch Otter, was brought home from Los Angeles this morning on the steamer Roanoke, having somewhat recovered from the injuries he suffered a month ago in an automobile accident at San Diego. The injury affected his spine, and he is partially paralyzed from his waist down. The doctors look for his completed recovery.”