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SALVO, Tony ( -1918), fisherman who drowned off Gull Island, Santa Cruz Island on Saturday, December 7, 1918.

In the News~

December 9, 1918 [LAH]: “Sailor drowned and 2 launches burned. Back-firing of the engine on a fishing launch near Santa Cruz Island caused the drowning of one fisherman, Antonio Salva, of Oxnard, and the serious injury of John Cordova of Wilmington. Although the accident happened late Saturday, near Santa Cruz Island, and the fire that followed destroyed two fishing launches, the Swallow and the Koyo, no news of the affair reached San Pedro until another fishing launch brought in the injured fisherman. He is in the San Pedro hospital. The launches burned were lying alongside each other when the fire started. The loss of them is placed at $9000.”

December 10, 1918 [SBMP]: “As the result of a fire that started from backfiring of the engine of the launch Swallow, at Gull Island near Santa Cruz, one fisherman was drowned and another badly burned about the face and hands late Saturday, according to information reaching the mainland yesterday. During the excitement that ensued, Tony Salvo jumped overboard and was drowned. The flames spread to the launch Royo, owned by A. G. Adrada, which was also burned to the water’s edge, at a loss of $4000. The Swallow was valued at $5000. With other boats in the fishing fleet, the two launches went to the island in search of sardines. The Swallow was fishing for McCrosky Packing Company of San Pedro and the Royo for the Van Camp Sea Food Company, also of the same place. The surviving members of the two crews were taken to San Pedro by another fishing boat.”