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Pride (#) (-1905), a large power launch used to transport sheep shearers and crew to San Miguel Island for shearing in 1903, and to bring the wool back to town. In 1904 Pride was making regular runs between Santa Barbara and Pelican Bay, operated by Captain James G. Prescott. Pride sank offshore from Santa Barbara in a storm in March 1905.



In the News~

June 27, 1889 [SBMP]: “The schooner Pride of the Bay has gone over to Santa Cruz Island on a fishing expedition.”


May 7, 1893 [SBMP]: “The yacht Pride of Santa Barbara left for the islands yesterday on a sealing trip.”


September 26, 1893 [SBDI]: “The fine yacht Pride of Santa Barbara, under the full command and control of Captain W. P. Butcher, had a party out for a sail Sunday afternoon...”


1903 [Arklee G. Rawlins Diary]: “…This time a larger boat came. Seven shearers and one cook. Pico and Captain to bring the crew and our own dear Captain Waters, a very lovable man when you become acquainted. All on the Pride, large enough to take back the wool [from San Miguel Island].”


March 19, 1903 [LAT/VC]: “On the last trip to Anacapa Island from this port on the sloop yacht Pride, the little craft experienced very rough weather. In a squall off Hueneme point, when on her way home, her mainsail was blown away, and she had to turn about and head for Hueneme, where she lay all night. The wind was high from the northwest, and the waves looked like mountains to the Pride passengers.”


July 11, 1903 [OC]: “A. F. Maulhardt will take a party of friends to Anacapa Island in the gasoline launch Pride on Sunday. It will certainly be an enviable trip.”


July 18, 1903 [OC]: “A. F. Maulhardt has proven himself the prince of pleasure-makers, in the magnificent outing he gave a number friends last Sunday by chartering the gasoline launch Pride and taking them on a voyage across the channel…”


August 21, 1903 [OC]: “A trip to Santa Cruz Island on the Pride. Our party consisted of Rev. G. S. Madden, Mrs. Ina Madden… went on board the Pride at Ventura Friday afternoon August 7. The sea was rough and the air a mite chilly… At 11 o’clock we steamed in to Frey’s Harbor and were soon at rest for the night… Jack the cook brought down a fine specimen of a wild hog. The following evening a barbecue conducted by Mr. Willis took place on the beach… August 13… the voyage home was simply superb…”


September 15, 1903 [LAT.VC]: “Native Daughters and Sons of this place spent yesterday on the high seas in the sloop Pride. They paid a visit to Potato Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, where a barbecue was enjoyed, after which came the sail home in the evening. A jolly and successful voyage was had…”


October 24, 1903 [LAT]: “The sloop yacht Pride, owned by Venturans, and which has done duty at this port during the past summer, has been leased to Santa Barbara parties, who will put her in service between that port and the Channel Islands. Captain Prescott of Santa Barbara sailed the Pride to her new home port Wednesday.”


April 7, 1904 [SBI]: “The power sloop Pride sailed for Pelican Bay this morning with four men who are guests of the Arlington Hotel, and who expect to spend several days in the enjoyment of the beauties and wonders of Santa Cruz Island.”


April 10, 1904 [SBMP]: “Yesterday the party went to the seal cave [from Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island] on the sloop Pride.”


April 12, 1904 [SBI]: “Pelican Bay resort open for business in small way. Allan G. Fraser, who has been working for a long time past at preparations for a pleasure resort at Pelican Bay on Santa Cruz Island, reports that matters are now in such shape that small parties can be comfortably accommodated. Mr. Fraser has secured the gasoline sloop Pride, one of the finest small boats in the island passenger traffic until enlarged facilities at the island shall make feasible the entertainment of people in large numbers, and larger vessel will be available when it is required. The Pride, in command of Captain Prescott, is a delightful boat in which to travel, and she can carry twenty-five passengers in comfort...”


April 15, 1904 [SBI]: “This morning Allan G. Fraser returned to Pelican Bay on Santa Cruz Island, in the power sloop Pride, with a party of guests of the Potter Hotel. They will briefly explore the more important of the natural attractions of the island and return to the mainland after a couple of days at that charming resort.”


April 16, 1904 [The Ojai]: “The Pelican Bay camp, Santa Cruz Island, is opened to the public at last. The cottages under construction have all been completed, and the hotel also. Professor Thacher and a party of his students were the first to sign the register and are having a very pleasant time exploring the island, fishing and trapping the foxes, which are numerous. Friday the party went to Seal Cave on the sloop Pride. 'I cannot find words,' Professor Thacher said, 'to fitly describe this wonderful home of the seals'...”


April 21, 1904 [SBMP]: “...the guide lost the trail [to Pelican Bay.] At 9:00 P.M. they could plainly hear the waves breaking against the rocks and knew that they were at the edge of the cliffs. They fired a few shots and got an answer, three toots of the Pride's whistle. But when at 10:00 no one had appeared, the guide built a fire and made a couple pine bough couches beside it and there the two men remained until morning.”


April 23, 1904 [The Ojai]: “For years the Santa Barbara Islands have loomed up mysteriously and attractively out in the ocean off Ventura, but they have been generally impossible to visit. Now they are open to the public and a party of Thacher School boys spent Easter time, parts of seven days at Santa Cruz Island... The schooner Pride takes passengers to and from the island, either from Ventura or Santa Barbara...”


April 28, 1904 [SBMP]: “The sloop Pride arrived yesterday afternoon with a party from Pelican Bay Inn, Santa Cruz Island. Captain Prescott reports fine fishing on the other side of the channel.”


May 4, 1904 [SBMP]: “The power yacht Pride arrived yesterday from Pelican Bay camp, Santa Cruz Island, after a pleasant trip across the channel. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley C. Mason, Mrs. Jane Adam, Miss Rosa Porter and Arza Porter were passengers. The party spent a week at Pelican Inn and report a most enjoyable time.”


June 5, 1904 [SBMP]: “The derelict Gaviota wharf is now floating in the channel within a radius of ten miles of Anacapa Island. Captain Henry Koch of the Santa Cruz Island schooner Pride, who arrived within a half mile of the derelict, said that it was drifting south with the current.”


June 5, 1904 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara, June 4. The section of the Gaviota wharf, which was set adrift in the recent heavy storm, has been located in the Santa Barbara channel within a few miles of Anacapa Island. The schooner Pride, Captain Koch, sighted the derelict, passing within half a mile of it. The mass was drifting south with the current and the tides of today will probably bring it back to about the same spot where the Pride first sighted it. Captain Koch considers the derelict extremely dangerous to shipping.”


June 8, 1904 [SBMP]: “The Pride will make regular trips [to Pelican Bay] until the larger [passenger boat] is ready for service.”


June 22, 1904 [SBMP]: “At present there is no means of regular transportation [to Pelican Bay], the schooner Pride is being used for carrying supplies and not being particularly adapted to the passenger business...”


June 24, 1904 [SBMP]: “The schooner Pride left yesterday afternoon for Santa Cruz Island with a cargo of supplies for Mr. Frank Whitney, who is planning to enjoy a few weeks outing at Friar's Harbor... ”


July 1, 1904 [SBMP]: “The large whale between fifty and seventy-five feet in length was discovered last Monday on Anacapa Island by Captain Koch of the schooner Pride.”


August 5, 1904 [OC]: “The Santa Barbara Independent has the following account of the opening of a new resort on Santa Cruz Island just across the channel from Santa Barbara, which if carried out with the proper energy, will soon become a close rival of Avalon and Catalina: ‘Allen G. Fraser, promoter and proprietor of the new pleasure resort at Pelican Bay, on Santa Cruz Island, has returned from Chicago, whither he went on business connected with the ultimate development of his plans for an extensive enterprise in its line. Pelican Bay is now ready to receive visitors. Already a good many people have visited the new resort, and all have been delighted with the manifold charms of the spot so lavishly favored by nature… The little power yacht Pride will convey passengers to and from the island’…”


August 7, 1904 [SBMP]: “Allan Fraser's Pride left yesterday for Pelican Bay with a number of passengers for that island resort.”


August 13, 1904 [SBMP]: “The sloop Pride returned yesterday from her regular trip to Santa Cruz Island.”


August 18, 1904 [SBMP]: “Happenings at Pelican Bay. Quite a fleet of vessels anchored in the bay Tuesday. The steamer Pasadena, with 300 head of island sheep on board bound for San Francisco, the island schooner Santa Cruz, yacht Pride, launch Fortuna and sloop Alpha from San Pedro...”


August 18, 1904 [SBMP]: “The sloop Pride returned yesterday from Santa Cruz Island. Charles Arnold was a passenger.”


August 24, 1904 [SBMP]: “The power yacht Pride left yesterday for Pelican Bay, the popular resort on Santa Cruz Island, carrying the largest number of passengers that have thus far gone over in one boat. Besides a number of Santa Barbara citizens, there was a party of 10 people from the Potter Hotel.”


August 28, 1904 [SBMP]: “The sloop Pride sailed yesterday morning for Santa Cruz Island with a dozen passengers for the island summer resort. A Sunday excursion to Pelican Bay is being planned by Mr. Fraser to come off next week, at which time a number of people from this city can go over and back in one day.”


August 31, 1904 [SBMP]: “The power yacht Pride will make regular trips to and from Pelican Bay on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays of each week leaving here at 8:00 o'clock A.M. and leaving Pelican Bay on return trip at 3 o'clock P.M. Parties wishing to visit the beautiful islands may obtain all particulars and information by applying to F. M. Whitney, 717-1/2 State Street. The Pride is the only boat allowed to land parties anywhere on the island, and parties crossing the channel in other boats will be charged full price for landing or else not allowed to land at all. Allan G. Fraser, Lessee.”


September 18, 1904 [SBMP]: “A party of about twenty young people of this city will leave this morning at 6 o'clock on the steamer Pride and will spend the entire day on Santa Cruz Island. The popularity of the Pelican Bay resort is increasing daily, and more people are making the trip to the island than ever before...”


December 23, 1904 [SBMP]: “The sloop Pride returned yesterday from the islands with 500 pounds of fish for the markets.”


December 24, 1904 [SBMP]: “Boats returning from the islands yesterday report that the water on the other side of the channel is very rough. The Pride came in on Thursday and the Peerless yesterday, and the men on both boats had very difficult times trying to land on the islands. The Pride was unable to drop her anchor for three days on account of the rough weather.”


1904: Pride was seized by federal authorities at San Pedro in 1904, and fined $500 for violation of marine regulations. “No contraband was found, but it was disclosed no license was ever taken out. Captain Koch is a licensed captain, but the engineer, Jack Nelson has never complied with the regulations.”


January 14, 1905 [SBMP]: The Pride sailed yesterday morning for the islands after fish. There is at present a large demand for fish, and several boats are doing a good business in catching the deep water varieties near the islands and marketing them in this city and in San Francisco.”


February 8, 1905 [SBMP]: “The sloop Pride returned from San Miguel Island where it had taken Captain Waters and a number of sheep shearers. The captain of the Pride reports that six inches of rain fell in four days on the island while he was there, and that it was still raining when he left. The trip over was made against a heavy sea and high winds.”


February 25, 1905 [SBMP]: “The Pride had a very unpleasant trip to the islands early this week and has returned without being able to make a landing. The water along the island coast seems to be in a more turbulent condition than usual.”


February 26, 1905 [SBMP]: “The Pride will take on a load of supplies on Monday and will sail Tuesday morning for San Miguel Island and bring back Captain Waters and his sheep shearers, who have been on the island for several weeks. They have sheared about 2,000 sheep on the island.”


March 14, 1905 [SBMP]: “Sunday’s severe storm — launches and small craft demolished in bay… Every small boat that was taken from the water on Saturday has either been sunk or washed ashore. The Pride, Alleen and Prima Maria are totally destroyed, and the Coquita lost and sunk, aggregating a property loss of about $7000…”


March 21, 1905 [SBMP]: “Henry Short is still dragging the ocean for the engine and wrecks of several launches that went down in the storm. He has encountered a great deal of kelp in his search, but has not been able to locate his Chispa, the Fortuna, or the engines of the Pride and the Coquita.”


April 5, 1905 [SBMP]: “Roswell G. Emmons, an expert deep water diver of this city, has been engaged to go to the bottom of the ocean after the wreckage of sunken boats… It is his intention to fasten chains onto the large engine the Pride, which went down near Stearn's Wharf. This engine weighs about two and a half tons and is valued at $1000.”


April 7, 1905 [SBMP]: “Diver tries to raise engines: Roswell Emmons locates wreckage of the sloop Pride, but fails to raise it... It is expected that Clarence Libbey and Fred Wales will dive today.”


April 11, 1905 [SBMP]: “After spending the larger part of four days in diving to the bottom of the ocean midway between the two wharves, Roswell Emmons, Fred Wales and Clarence Libbey at last succeeded in fastening four heavy chains to the engine of the sloop Pride which was wrecked last month... The wreck of the Pride was buried in several feet of sand, and it was found necessary to dig the sand away before a chain could be attached...”


April 25, 1905 [SBMP]: “The double engine of the sloop Pride, which was sunk in a storm a month ago, was raised from its position at the bottom of the ocean yesterday by the launch McKinley after a hard day's work. The work of tying chains onto this wreckage occupied several day's labor and manipulation of a diving suit brought from San Francisco. The engine was buried under several feet of sand. It weighs two tons and when covered with sand must have required a three-ton lift to raise it. The McKinley fastened the buoy chains to large beams laid across the deck, tightening the chains up when the tide was low. The high tide did the work, for when the water raised the boat the strain was tremendous. Two of the four chains parted, but the other two held and the big engine was lifted out from the sand and dragged over to Stearn's Wharf, upon which it will be lifted on Wednesday by the use of a pile-driving engine.”


April 29, 1905 [SBMP]: “The double engines of the sloop Pride, wrecked in last month’s storm, were yesterday raised from the water after a long and difficult task of recovering them from the bottom of the ocean... A few days ago the engine was raised from the sand and towed to the wharf by the launch McKinley...”


May 4, 1905 [SBWP]: “Engines revocered. The double engines of the sloop Pride, wrecked in last month's storm, were yesterday raised from the water after a long and difficult task of recovering them from the bottom of the ocean.One of the most difficult parts of this work was attaching chains to the engine, which was done by submarine divers, who were obliged to dig sand away from the engine while in their suits. A few days ago the engine was raised from the sand and towed to the wharf by the launch McKinley, where it lay at the bottom of the ocean until yesterday. Yesterday afternoon contractor Williamson raised the engines from the water with his pile driving engine and derrick, which was no easy task, as the wreck weighed about five tons. A large part of the Pride's hull, her keel, propeller and shaft were found still clinging to the engines and were recovered with them. These were not seriously damaged by the storm, and can be used in the construction of another boat. The engines were somewhat damaged by rust, but can be repaired at little expense.”


April 21, 1907 [LAT]: “A curious marine insect was brought to the attention of local naturalists today. While dragging the ocean with a small grappling hook, Raymond Lewis encountered the anchor and chain of the launch Pride, which foundered in the storm of March 1, 1905. It was noted that the hairy form of seaweed which had attached itself to the rusty anchor was alive with a long and hair-like marine insect which so successfully resembled the seaweed that one could hardly be told from the other…”