Ramona (yacht)

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Ramona (#) (1890-)

In the News~

March 27, 1895 [SFCall]: “The schooner yacht Ramona, one of the prettiest craft afloat, was out in the bay yesterday for an island cruise. She was built at Benicia in 1890 by Captain Matthew Turner, and is now owned by the McCarthy brothers. She is 58.5 feet long, 19.6 feet in width, and 6.5 feet in depth. She registers 31.50 tons net.” [sketch in this article]

July 28, 1893 [SBDI]: “The yacht Ramona sailed last evening for San Francisco by way of San Miguel Island.”

August 13, 1901 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The Ramona took a party to the Isthmus for the day this morning…”

September 12, 1902 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. Nearly all the launches in the bay started out early this morning for the jewfish grounds, to engage in the jewfish tournament. The Ramona and the Meteor carried parties to the scene, which is around the south end of the island, and up to a point almost directly opposite the site of Avalon. The boats left there to return at 10:30, and up to that time but one fish had been landed.”

August 21, 1903 [SBMP]: “Douglas White will take a party of campers to the islands this morning in his yacht, Ramona for a two days outing. The party will consist of the following: Mr. And Mrs. A. H. McKay, Mr. And Mrs. John Barneson, Mr. And Mrs. J. R. H. Wagner, Mrs. L. H. Long, Miss Whitehead, and Arthur Alexander.”

August 22, 1903 [SBI]: “A very jolly party is reveling in the charms of Santa Cruz Island. It is composed of the McKay party that sailed across the channel yesterday morning in Douglas White’s yacht Ramona, and a dozen of the guests of the Potter, who went over in the launch Frances on the same day. The excursionists are expected to return tomorrow evening.”

August 25, 1903 [SBI]: “Captain Douglas White’s yacht Ramona returned from Santa Cruz Island yesterday with the McKay party that left here last Thursday…”

August 25, 1903 [SBI]: “The fine yachts Ramona, owned by Captain Douglas White, and the Lurline, recently purchased by H. H. Sinclair from John D. Spreckles, are lying at anchor in the harbor today, along with the big gasoline launch Peerless…”

October 9, 1903 [SBI]: “Captains Jim Gardner and Ogenio Larco took Douglas White’s yacht Ramona to San Pedro today to put her in winter quarters.”

October 10, 1903 [SBMP]: “The coroner’s inquest held over the remains of Loyd, the colored steward of the yacht Ramona, who was found in a dying condition on the deck of the yacht a few days ago, and developed the fact that Loyd had died by paralysis brought on by overindulgence in alcohol. Loyd was a heavy drinker and his brain finally became affected.”

October 12, 1903 [SBI]: “Last Saturday afternoon Captains Ogenio Larco and Jim Gardner sailed Douglas White’s yacht, Ramona, from Santa Rosa Island to Santa Barbara in just three hours — the record run for sailing craft over the cruise in question. The wind could not have been in a quarter more favorable for the run, and as to velocity it was all that these competent skippers cared to see, even in a race against time…”

October 30, 1903 [OC]: “Island resort on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz Island is really to become another Catalina according to a Santa Barbara correspondent to the Los Angeles Herald, who writes:

‘On Santa Cruz Island a heavy wharf has been completed as a landing to a proposed new resort to be built at once across the channel. Work on the wharf ended last night and carpenters will at once begin the erection of five large cottages and a centrally located hall, café and amusement building… The hotel will accommodate several hundred people. The matter of transportation across the Santa Barbara channel is one that will easily be solved. About December 1, a steamer with a capacity of forty persons will be put on for regular runs. Later a 200-passsenger vessel will make the trip. Captain Douglas White of the yacht Ramona has been asked to give his advice in the matter of the selection of the vessels and is now in San Francisco with an eye out for steamers...”

May 23, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The schooner yacht Ramona, Captain Douglas White, of the Corinthian Yacht Club, San Francisco, dropped anchor in the bay yesterday afternoon and remained over night.”

July 27, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. The yacht Ramona carried a picnic crowd to the Isthmus and White’s Landing today.”

August 28, 1904 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. There was considerable excitement here yesterday because of the rivalry which has been generated between the Meteor Boat Company and the Avalon Company, both of which have maintained barbecue excursions twice a week all through the season, giving a dinner at the Isthmus. Yesterday was made an extra occasion, the Meteor Company taking its big glass-bottom boats, in addition to the Meteor, and sending to Los Angeles for a band of minstrels in addition to the De Nubila Orchestra. The Avalon Company cut the price and there was a fight for supremacy. To carry all its patrons the Avalon Company engaged the Ramona and the Emerald, in addition to the Avalon, and all were filled to the limit. When the barbecue was served on the beach it was a great sight. Great canvas awnings had been erected and string after string of tables was loaded with edibles. About five hundred people were served, and this did not include the private parties, which had come on half a dozen independent launches. The Meteor Company’s menu consisted of abalone chowder, barbecued fish of several varieties, bread and butter, salad, cake watermelons, of which there were hundreds, and all washed down with coffee. The excursionists reached Avalon again at 6 P.M.”

August 26, 1914 [SDET]: “Yacht will go for live sea elephant. Motion picture film wants bug specimen; two pups desired also; vessel to be away ten days. After a sea-elephant which will be brought alive to San Diego, the ocean yacht Ramona, Captain Hammond, is arranging to clear for Guadalupe Island late this week or early next week. Captain Hammond says he is making the trip for the Equator Film Company of San Diego, and that he will be accompanied by a representative of the concern holding the Mexican development concession on the island. The process of hog-tying a sea elephant is said to be extremely interesting, but Captain Hammond has yet to see it done for the first time, and is not in a position to give the particulars. He says the first step in the process is to lasso the animal. After being securely lashed so that it cannot bite, kick or scratch, it will be made fast to strong planks which will keep it from being injured when hauled aboard the yacht. As good specimens of the sea elephant weigh about 2,000 pounds or more, the captain expects to use six men for hauling it aboard. Two pups, weighing probably only a quarter of a ton each, will be captured at the same time. It is probably that the yacht will be away for about ten days on its interesting mission. Captain Hammond returned a few days ago from a tun to San Clemente Island where six seals were taken alive. The seals were sold here at the dock and are now in vaudeville.”