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In the News~

June 4, 1879 [SBMP]: “The schooner Phantom, from San Diego to San Francisco, was in the harbor a short time today.”

June 9, 1879 [SBMP]: “The schooner Phantom sailed for Point Concepcion, last Friday, for the purpose of hunting for the wreck of the Yankee Blade that was lost there many years ago. She has an excellent diving gear and has been engaged as a wrecker along the coast for several years.”

December 15, 1879 [SBDP]: “The Phantom, Star of Freedom, N. B., and Surprise were all at anchor in the harbor yesterday.”

December 16, 1879 [SBDP]: “The schooner Phantom sailed for the islands yesterday afternoon to hunt for sea lions. The crew expect to remain until they have secured twenty of the animals, which will be shipped East.”

December 23, 1879 [SBDP]: “The schooner Phantom has gone to Anacapa Island to capture seal pups.”

December 19, 1879 [SBMP]: “The schooner Phantom arrived from the islands last evening with eleven large sea lions, which will be shipped on the Ancon tomorrow. Capt. Chase reports them as being very plenty now, and says he could have captured any number with a good crew of men. The schooner returned to the islands today to hunt for seals and otter.”

December 23, 1879 [SBMP]: “The schooner Phantom has gone to Anacapa Island to capture seal pups.”

December 29, 1879 [SBDP]: “The Star of Freedom came over from the islands yesterday, and the Phantom arrived this morning.”

January 16, 1880 [SBDP]: “The schooner Phantom arrived during the night from Catalina Island.”

January 19, 1880 [SBDP]: “The schooner Phantom sailed yesterday for the islands to bring over some seal oil.”

January 22, 1880 [SBDP]: “The schooner Phantom, Captain Chase, arrived from Anacapa Island yesterday with 700 gallons of seal oil and between 300 and 400 hair-seal skins.”

January 27, 1880 [SBDP]: “The schooner Phantom has gone to Anacapa Islands after seals.”

February 10, 1880 [SBDP]: “The Star of Freedom left for the islands yesterday, and the Phantom will sail either today or tomorrow for San Francisco.”

March 24, 1880 [SBDP]: “A sea lion tale. Captain J. R. Mullett at your service… Captain J. R. Mullett, who is pretty well known in Santa Barbara, has been elucidating the sea lion problem in St. Louis. The people of St. Louis never knew much about sea lions, and therefore it is particularly fortunate that the captain happened to be on hand to enlighten them…’ How did you happen to adopt the calling of a sea lion hunter?’ asked the reporter of Captain Mullett, as he took a seat in the waiting room of the hotel. ‘Well,’ the captain said with a pleasant smile, ‘Let me tell you all about it. You see I was formerly a sea captain and ran passenger vessels between England, Australia and California. I first began to study the habits of sea lions off the Chincha Island of South America, the only place where they exist except off the coast of California. I became very much interested in them and afterwards thought I would like to hunt the sea lion for a living. I have done so and have made money at it. About six years ago some showmen persuaded me to go in on the business, and I fitted out two small schooners, the H. W. Almy and the Phantom, with fifteen men on each. These vessels I am using now. I pay the men a small salary, just enough to live on, and then give them a percentage of what I get for the sea lions. They are employed the whole year, and when they are not catching the animals alive, they shoot them for the skins and oil. You see the lassoers have to be very expert, and there are very few lassoers in the world, as it is for my interest to keep those I have…”