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Pearl (#) (fl. 1890s), multi-purpose vessel used for sealing, fishing and the abalone trade at the California Channel Islands. In 1899 Pearl was owned by Captain Waters of San Miguel Island. In 1901 it was said Pearl was one of the oldest [Santa Barbara] channel craft.




May 7, 1896 [SBMP]: “The sloop Pearl, with Captain Flint in charge, leaves Santa Barbara in a few days for the west end of Santa Cruz Island to secure for the London Zoological Gardens, twenty-five sea lions.”


January 19, 1899 [SBDI]: “The schooner Pearl arrived last night from the islands and returned this morning in search of abalones and shells.”


January 20, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Waters, the holder of and owner of property and stock on San Miguel Island, came over in his sloop Pearl yesterday, bringing a ton of very valuable shells, some abalones and a quantity of butter for the market. Captain Waters has been making extensive improvements on the island, not the least of which has been the building of a beautiful twelve-foot wagon road nearly across the island. A dozen Chinamen have been employees at this work. Captain Waters reports sheep and cattle in fine condition on the island and feed very plentiful. He will go immediately to Los Angeles where he has a suit pending.”


January 27, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Pearl came into port this morning from San Miguel Island, bringing over a ton of abalone shells. These shells are shipped to eastern factories, where they are manufactured into ornaments, buttons, etc. They bring $50 per ton here.”


February 9, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Pearl came in from the Channel Islands late yesterday afternoon with seven large live seals for Rogers Brothers of this city. Captain Vasquez states that he encountered the roughest weather in all his experiences the latter part of last week, and it was with the greatest difficulty that his vessel was saved...”


February 28, 1899 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara, February 27. For many years it has been thought that Santa Barbara and vicinity were the base of a nest of systematic smugglers. On several occasions during the last ten years the Government has sent detectives here to investigate, and although they always felt sure smuggling was being carried on they have never succeeded in getting any definite information. Last Wednesday, as Captain Arabas of the Olita was rounding the east end of Santa Cruz Island, he saw a strange vessel apparently anchored off the west shore of Anacapa Island, four miles distant. He could see a skiff lowered and three men enter it after considerable delay and make for the shore. With the smuggler stories fresh in mind he made for the strange vessel and got within two miles of her, when she took on board the skiff and made for the open sea… Captain Vasquez of the Pearl also saw the vessel and is of the opinion that she did not want her movements known.”


February 28, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “...It has long been thought that there has been smuggling going on in this neighborhood, but no direct clue could be gotten hold of that led to any certainty. While the Olita was rounding the east end of Santa Cruz Island one day last week, they saw a large vessel, apparently anchored off Anacapa Island’s west end. They also saw some men leave the vessel in a skiff and go to the shore… Captain Vasquez of the Pearl also saw the vessel making for the open sea, but could not explain her mission…”


February 28, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop Pearl came in today bringing seven live seals, five of which go to Rogers Brothers of this city, and two go to E. W. Winston of Pacific Grove, who will train them for the museums. “


August 4, 1899 [SBMP]: “Twelve tons of seals. Forty of them arrive from the islands yesterday. Island fleet of boats run a race across the channel. Pearl the winner... Petrel, Captain Bates, and Pearl, Captain Vasquez, were also ready to start, when one of the skippers, probably Captain Burtis of the Santa Rosa, proposed a race to Santa Barbara... and at 1:30 the little Pearl ran inside beyond the wharf and dropped her anchor...”


August 15, 1901 [SBMP]: “The sloop Pearl has been hauled up high and dry on the beach, and Frank Nidever is giving her a thorough refitting. The Pearl is one of the oldest channel craft, a roomy boat, and will be used this coming season in the crawfish trade.”