Pearl

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Pearl (# ) (?-1891), 33-foot sealing vessel out of San Pedro owned by Captain Troop. She was wrecked on Anacapa Island on September 23, 1891 during a sealing expedition.



In the News~

September 26, 1891 [SBMP]: “Wrecked on Anacapa. A sloop from San Pedro cast away on the rocks. The schooner Santa Barbara, Captain Ellis, returned from Ventura via Anacapa Island on Thursday evening, bringing with her Captain Troop of the sloop Pearl of San Pedro which was wrecked on the island on Wednesday night. The Pearl left San Pedro for Anacapa Island to capture a few live seals, having on board Captain Troop and a man and his wife whose names are not known, but who are supposed to be Austrians. The island was reached in safety and on Wednesday night all hands were on shore. A heavy gale was blowing and the Pearl got adrift and was cast away on the rocks and totally destroyed. The party on the island was without provisions and had to kill a sheep for food. They flew a flag of distress, which was seen by Captain Ellis, who was taking over a band of sealers from Ventura. The Austrian and his wife decided to remain on the island with the sealers until they were taken back to Ventura, and Captain Troop came to Santa Barbara where he still is. The Pearl was a sloop thirty-three feet long, and was owned by Captain Troop, and was the only property he owned. It was not insured and the captain has lost all.”


September 29, 1891 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop Pearl of San Pedro was wrecked at Anacapa Island last Wednesday. Captain Troop, the owner of the boat, and two other passengers, were ashore at the time and escaped.”


October 22, 1891 [LAT/SB]: “Runaway girl found. There arrived in Ventura a week or ten days ago, as passengers with Fazzio’s sloop from Anacapa Island, a man and a woman, or rather girl, who were members of a party who went to the island on the sloop Pearl of San Pedro. The party was on a seal hunt, but after arriving at the island, a high wind wrecked their boat and they were shipwrecked, so to speak, until taken off… All went well with the couple until last Saturday, when Marshall Cook received a telegram from Mrs. M. Richardson of Los Angeles asking if a young girl of a certain description had been seen in company with a man answering the description of the hero of the shipwreck. The Marshall was able to give the woman an affirmative answer… The girl proved to be the runaway daughter… The girl was induced to give up her lover and in company with her mother left on the train…”