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Captain A. W. Timms advertised in 1881 that his schooner, Rosita, would take passengers to Santa Catalina Island for bathing and fishing, but he warned his customers that they would have to find their own conveyance to get to his dock. The customers would have to furnish their own provisions and camping equipment as the round trip fare was only $4. The Captain provided a pasture and forage for the horses of his passengers. [Houston, John M. Early Excursion Ships to Santa Catalina, 1978, p. 2]

In the News~

December 2, 1873 [SBDP]: “Arrived. Schooner Rosita, [Captain] Percival, from fishing excursion.”

December 13, 1873 [SBDP]: “Arrived. December 7. Schooner Rosita, [Captain] Percival, from fishing excursion.”

May 4, 1874 [SBDP]: “…On the way back Mr. Goodale and the news hunter boarded the fishing smack Rosita, and there saw fourteen sea lions. Captain Joseph H. Shields had charge of the vessel, which has a crew of three men and a boy. The sea lions are kept in boxes in the hold of the boat, and were captured with riatas on San Miguel Island. They greeted our arrival with fierce barks and snapping jaws. Some of these animals were quite large, and the intention is to take them to Woodward’s Gardens in San Francisco. The captain stated that he should not be satisfied until he had captured a lion of three thousand pounds weight, and he is confident he will get one that size. The person who lassos these amphibious creatures is a boy of perhaps fifteen or sixteen years of ago.”

May 8, 1874 [SFDEB]: “During a recent visit of the fishing smack Rosita to San Miguel Island, Captain Shields and his crew secured fourteen sea lions, after they had been lassoed by a boy of sixteen. Several of these amphibious creatures are very large, and will make a fine appearance at Woodward’s Gardens, whither they will be taken in a few days.”

August 24, 1874 [SBDP]: “The schooner John D. Sanborn, Captain Vasquez, bound on a hunting expedition, is also here, together with the schooner Star of Freedom and Tocacoa, and the fishing smack, Rosita.”

February 12, 1885 [SBDP]: “The little schooner Rosita, Captain Samuel Burtis, Sr., is in port. A few days ago Captain Burtis and Mr. J. Lord went to San Pedro, where the boat mentioned was purchased by the Captain. She is intended for service in the Channel as a freight and pleasure boat.”

February 17, 1885 [SBDP]: “Captain Burtis and son have gone to the islands in the schooner Rosita on a seal hunt.”

February 23, 1885 [SBDP]: “The schooner Rosita pulled out for the islands this morning. The boat has been in port for barrels, in which to run seal oil being tried out at the island. The crew have so far killed fifty seals.”

March 9, 1885 [SBDP]: “The Rosita, Captain Burtis, is in port from the islands with seal oil and skins.”

March 10, 1885 [SBDP]: “Captain Burtis, of the schooner Rosita, reports that when crossing the channel a couple of days ago, he saw two sperm whales. While grays and humpbacks are quite common in these waters, it is very seldom that sperm whales run as far north as this latitude. They are generally first encountered off Lower California.”

March 14, 1885 [SBDP]: “The schooner Rosita sails this evening for Point Conception and San Miguel Island on a general hunting trip.”

March 21, 1885 [SBDI]: “The Rosita, Captain Burtis, arrived yesterday afternoon from the islands.”

April 22, 1885 [SBDP]: “The Rosita, Captain Burtis, last night arrived from Anacapa with nine live seals for Captain Eastman, who is now in Santa Barbara and will take the animals to San Francisco in a couple of days.”

May 4, 1885 [SBDI]: “We are informed that the sloop Rosita is to carry wool for W. H. Mills from his island to Santa Rosa.”

May 12, 1885 [SBDP]: “The schooner Rosita leaves for the islands today, on her way to San Diego for a cargo of salt for I. K. Fisher.”

May 28, 1885 [SBDP]: “The schooner Rosita, Captain Burtis, arrived last night from San Diego with tons of salt for I. K. Fisher. The vessel stopped at Anacapa Island and left two tons of salt for Captain Burtis’ party of seal hunters. The Rosita goes to San Miguel Island next Tuesday to take over Mr. Mills and bring back a cargo of wool.”

July 1, 1885 [SBDI]: “Captain Burtis and Jo. Lord returned last evening on the Rosita from a 30 days’ hunting trip to the Islands. During their absence they secured eleven barrels of oil and two and a half tons of seal skins. Taking it all in all they made a very profitable trip.”

July 29, 1885 [SBDP]: “The schooner Rosita came into port Monday from Anacapa Island with three tons of seal skins.”

August 1, 1885 [SBDP]: “The schooner Rosita, Captain Burtis, sails today for a cruise among the islands with a party of pleasure seekers. At Anacapa she will leave a couple of seal hunters, and then continue on her cruise. After her return to this port, the Rosita will sail on an extensive otter hunt.”

August 24, 1885 [SBDP]: “The Rosita came into port yesterday from the islands with a cargo of abalone and shells.”

September 12, 1885 [SBDP]: “A rare occurrence, it is noted that every vessel of the Channel fleet was in port this morning: the schooners Santa Rosa, Star of Freedom, Rosita, Angel Dolly, the sloop Ocean King, and numberless fishing smacks and pleasure, sail and row boats. The fleet made a pretty picture, dotting the water in every direction from the wharf.”

September 12, 1885 [SBDP]: “There are eight sea lions on board the Rosita, the property of Captain Cyrus Eastman, awaiting shipment on the steamer Santa Maria. They are destined for Australia.”

October 10, 1885 [SBDP]: “The Rosita yesterday went to San Miguel Island taking over Mr. W. H. Mills and a party of sheep shearers, besides provisions and a quantity of the Fullington wire fencing to be used for sheep corrals.”

October 12, 1885 [SBDP]: “The vessels in port this morning were the Star of Freedom, Ocean King, Rosita, Pirate and a Chinese junk.”

October 12, 1885 [SBDP]: “A cargo of seed corn was being taken aboard the Rosita today, to be taken to San Miguel Island.”

October 23, 1885 [SBDP]: “The Rosita arrived from San Miguel Island at 4 o’clock this morning, bringing over A. F. McPhail and the Messrs. Mills, besides a party of sheep shearers.”

January 23, 1886 [SBDP]: “A Chinese junk arrived in port this morning with a cargo of fish for Sing Chung, making two junks now in port besides the schooners Rosita and Star of Freedom, the latter vessel arrived from Santa Cruz Island yesterday, for freight brought down by the steamer Santa Rosa.”

March 15, 1886 [SBDP]: “Clark Streator, taxidermist Fred Forbush and Captain Lord left in the Rosita this morning for a relic hunting expedition to the islands.”

May 4, 1886 [SBDP]: “The schooner Rosita, Lord, master, last night brought six live seals from Anacapa Island for Captain Ellis. They are now on the wharf.”

August 25, 1886 [SBDP]: “The waterfront reporter sends in the following: The Ocean King started this morning for San Miguel. The schooners Star of Freedom and Angel Dolly are both at San Francisco for repairs. The Rosita is cruising along the southern coast. The Brisk is in port. The lumber schooner El Nora is still at the dock.”