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Petrel (#) (+1898-1902)

In the News~

June 22, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “William Bates went to the islands yesterday in his new yacht Petrel. He was accompanied by James Bush and West Thompson. A heliograph was taken with them, and daily communication will be held with a station on Dibblee Hill.”

July 11, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Will Bates and a party of friends started last night in his yacht Petrel for a month’s cruise among the Channel Islands.”

July 14, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Petrel has returned with Will Bates and his party, owing to the loss of their small boat, without which they could not make a landing at the islands. They had started on a month’s cruise.”

July 21, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Wesley Thompson and a party started for the islands yesterday in the yacht Petrel on a fortnight’s seal hunt and abalone expedition.”

July 29, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Challenged to race. The recent excitement in yachting circles has resulted in a challenge from Bates Brothers, owners of the Petrel, to Captain Newton of the Olita, for a special series of races, to be sailed in this channel for a purse of $50. The races are to be a week apart, and the rival yachts are to be refitted with new sails for this special contest.”

July 30, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The challenge to a yacht race from the owners of the Petrel to Captain W. L. Newton of the Olita has elicited a conditional acceptance. The Olita will not enter any race which involves a monetary consideration, and Captain Newton replies that a challenge emanating from true yachting instinct and free from all professional elements will be accepted by Olita.’”

August 10, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Petrel returned to port yesterday after an unsuccessful hunt for seal at the different islands. She brought back a cargo of abalones.”

September 7, 1898 [LAH]: “The yacht Petrel, owned by Bates Bros., was narrowly saved from being lost on the rocks of Friar’s Harbor at the islands on Sunday.”

September 12, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Petrel carried a pleasure party yesterday afternoon over to the Channel Islands for a Sunday outing.”

September 18, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Petrel sailed for the Channel Islands today with a pleasure party of a dozen people, who expect to return tomorrow afternoon.”

September 19, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Petrel did not sail for the Channel Islands yesterday, the pleasure trip being postponed.”

October 2, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Petrel and Captain W. Thompson carried a pleasure party sailing on the channel yesterday.”

October 15, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The overdue yacht Petrel, with Will Bates and party aboard, returned last evening from a week’s absence at the Channel Islands.”

December 1, 1898 [SBMP]: “The Bates brothers have their yacht, the Petrel, at Santa Cruz Island for overhauling and repainting. They will soon bring the craft back, probably this week.”

December 11, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “While anchored off More’s Landing, about ten miles from Santa Barbara, the Petrel, the finest sailing craft in the channel, broke its anchor chain and narrowly escaped being totally destroyed. West Thompson and Joseph Hildreth were in command of the boat at the time…”

August 29, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop Petrel has come in from the islands with a cargo of crawfish. The cannery is therefore working today in full blast. About twenty-five men are employed. Tomorrow the regular boat from the islands is expected with more fish.”

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

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 28, 1899 [SBDI]: “The sail boat Petrel arrived arrived at two o’clock yesterday morning with a heavy load of crawfish for the Catalina Conserving Company. This is the first consignment of fish for the company’s plant in this city, and to William Bates, the owner of the boat, is due the honor of bringing the first crustaceans to be canned in Santa Barbara...”

September 18, 1899 [SBDI]: “The yacht Petrel returned from the islands with a party of campers.”

January 24, 1900 [SBDI]: “The yacht Petrel will sail for the islands tomorrow with a fishing party aboard.”

July 7, 1900 [SBMP]: “Mr. Bates boat, the Petrel, left yesterday for the islands on a seal hunt.”

July 19, 1900 [SBMP]: “The Petrel, Captain Vasquez, arrived last evening from the islands with four sea lions for eastern menageries.”

July 19, 1900 [SBDI]: “The schooner Petrel arrived last night from the islands with a number of seals.”

July 20, 1900 [LAT/Red]: “The Petrel, Captain Vasquez, arrived from the islands last evening with four sea lions to be shipped east.”

January 12, 1901 [SBDI]: “Captain Vasquez arrived this morning from the islands in the sloop Petrel. The vessel brought over 14 sacks of crawfish for the San Francisco market.”

January 15, 1901 [SBDI]: “The sloop Petrel, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, and the schooner Restless, Captain Burtis, sailed for the islands this morning.”

February 4, 1901 [SBDI]: “Clarence Libby and Frank Nidever of this city came near finding a watery grave in the channel between here and Santa Cruz Island last Thursday. The two men had taken the sloop Petrel for a sailing and fishing trip about the channel. They left Thursday morning. When about half way across the channel a heavy sea was encountered. The storm tossed them about and the seams in the boat began opening up, and before they could lower some of their sail, the boat was nearly swamped. The men, by bailing the water out of the boat, finally succeeded in reaching Santa Cruz Island, where they met Captain Vasquez. At the island they hauled the boat on the beach and calked the seams. They returned to the mainland last night.”

March 20, 1901 [SBMP]: “The Petrel, Captain Frank Nidever, and the Big Loafer, Captain Marincovich, came in from the islands yesterday with large cargoes of fish.”

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

August 29, 1901 [SBMP]: “The sloop yacht Petrel sails today in command of her owner, William Bates, for a cruise to the islands. The Petrel has been overhauled and comes forth fresh and all ship-shape.”

September 5, 1901 [SBMP]: “The owners of the yacht Petrel have been busy for several days overhauling her and getting ready for their cruise to Catalina and other southern points of interest.”

September 10, 1901 [SBMP]: “The sloop Petrel sailed yesterday in command of her owner, William Bates, for Santa Cruz Island and southern ports... West Thompson, Dave Smith and Lawrence Bates are aboard.”

October 1, 1901 [SBMP]: “The yacht Petrel returned Sunday evening from San Pedro in charge of two sailors from that port. She sailed from Santa Barbara some weeks ago in charge of West Thompson, with three shipmates for a tour of southern watering places. At the former place, she was beached for purposes of painting and remained several days.”

October 15, 1901 [SBMP]: “The Petrel is still in sailing trim and was out for a spin...”

November 26, 1901 [SBMP]: “A party of fourteen Santa Barbara men hitched up the gasoline yacht Petrel Saturday evening and drove across the channel for a little Sunday jaunt. Frank Nidever was captain.”

November 11, 1902 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop Petrel, one of the local fleet, was dashed to pieces against the wharf in the storm. Her shattered frame sank to the bottom. The Petrel had been in engaged in the freight and passenger trade between this city and the islands of the Santa Barbara Channel.”