SHORT, Henry Singley

From Islapedia

SHORT, Henry Singley (1866-1958) was born on March 10, 1866 in Eureka, California. In the 1890s, Short owned Henry S. Short’s Bicycle Supply House and Repair Shop. The City Directory of Santa Barbara, 1895-6 lists H. S. Short, bicycles and supplies, at 1009 State Street, with his residence at 1215 Laguna Street.

For many decades, Short was a well-known local Santa Barbara sea captain who owned several boats, including the yacht Ariel (1899-1904), the gasoline launch Chispa (-1905), the power launch Point Firmin (1906-1907), and the powerboat Charm (1907-1914).

Henry Singley Short (1866-1958)

Captain Short married his first wife, Martha C. Hedges (1867-1908), in Santa Barbara in 1891. In March of 1905, Captain Short’s launch Chispa sank near Stearn's Wharf. That same year, Captain Short accompanied Ira Eaton as pilot on Eaton’s first charter to San Miguel Island in Eaton’s newly launched Irene. Captain Short’s next vessel, Point Firmin, was destroyed in a southeaster on January 8, 1907, less than a year after Short had brought her to Santa Barbara.

His wife, Martha, died in childbirth on May 29, 1908, leaving Captain Short with two children:

  • Raymond Short (1894-1913)
  • Margaret Ruth Short [Ewalt] (1898-1981)

Five years later, on September 14, 1913, Henry Short married 42-year-old graduate nurse, Lillian Powell Jones (1890-1965). This wife was not fond of children, thus the two children lived much of the time with their maternal aunt. On December 16, 1913, Captain Short’s beloved son, Raymond (1894-1913), died unexpectedly as a result of having stepped on a rusty nail at the islands. A month later, his self-built boat, Charm, sank at the wharf in Santa Barbara. Captain Short left Santa Barbara and his life on the sea. He married Katherine Ensign in 1925 and they lived in Springville, California before moving to Porterville. Captain Henry Short died in 1958 at age 91 in Porterville, Tulare County, California, and is buried at Home of Peace Cemetery.



In the News~

July 6, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “Henry Short of this city won the bicycle race…”


July 12, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “H. S. Short has accepted from the Santa Barbara Clothing Company $100 in cash paid him in lieu of the ticket to the World’s Fair, drawn by him at their guess drawing.”


DATE: “H. S. Short and family, accompanied by a number of eastern friends, will strike camp at Carpinteria on Friday for a two weeks’ outing…”


July 16, 1897 [SBMP]: “Henry Short and party will join the campers at Serena today for a two weeks’ outing.”


July 19, 1897 [SBDN]: “Henry Short was in town from the camp at Serena for a few hours today, returning at 2 o’clock.”


December 27, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “The Christmas day contest at the shooting park for a silver cup was won by Henry Short…”


April 22, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Mason Gilbert and Fred Butt, two boys about 17 years old, were arrested yesterday, charged with burglary in entering the barn of Ms. A. L. West and stealing fifteen pigeons, which were afterward sold to Henry Short at 25 cents a pair…”


April 27, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Sharp-shooters will be organized for home protection… The movement is headed by C. Y. Roop… H. S. Short…”


June 19, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “After a desperate struggle against the waves, Henry Short, caught by the rising tide on the beach road, escaped with his life. The hero of the episode left Serena Beach on horseback late Thursday afternoon, and to save time took the beach. The tide was rising, but he urged his horse on, hoping to pass the narrow part of the shore before the tide was at the ebb. The water rose about his animal’s hoofs, and at last the advancing waves swept the beast off its feet. Short clung to his reins, and succeeded in directing his horse to solid ground again. Between the waves he urged his horse past the dangerous places on the road he had traveled, and after a perilous retreat of several miles, he left the beach for the Rincon Hill road. He did not reach Santa Barbara until midnight.”


July 29, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Will Bates and H. S. Short have completed the hull of another yacht, which is thirty-three feet in length, with a nine-foot beam. She is expected to be a formidable rival for favor and sailing qualities among the fast growing fleet of the Santa Barbara Channel, and will cost over $700.”


August 3, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “William Delay, a member of a visiting yachting party, who was arrested Saturday night for battery on Henry Short, was released after paying a fine of $6 and apologizing for his conduct.”


October 28, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Preparations for a brilliant Republican rally… A committee consisting of W. P. Butcher, H. S. Short… has been appointed to manage it.”


April 5, 1899 [SBMP]: “Mr. H. S. Short will, this week, resume work on his yacht and will speedily complete it. Owing to the dry year scarce work was postponed… The boat when completed will be thirty-two feet long and ten feet beam and will carry one thousand feet of sail…”


August 10, 1899 [SBMP]: “Henry Short and a party of seal hunters under Captain Prescott will leave for Santa Cruz Island this morning on the Olita. Mr. Short will secure seal for eastern museums.”


August 11, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “H. S. Short left this morning for the Channel Islands to hunt seals.”


August 14, 1899 [SBDI]: “Henry Short returned last night from the islands where he had been with a party in search of seals, but on account of the very rough weather they were unable to capture any. A strong southwest wind was blowing all the tie they were there.”


August 31, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Ariel, owned by H. S. Short of this city, was launched successfully here this afternoon. The sloop is thirty-five feet long and is built for speed. She will be used purely as a pleasure boat.”


November 17, 1899 [SBDI]: “Henry Short returned yesterday from a very successful hunting trip over the mountains.”


December 28, 1899 [LAT/SB]: “A number of local yacht owners are considering the proposition of a race to take place before long on the channel. The water has been as smooth as glass for several weeks, and many boating parties have been out. H. S. Short’s Ariel, Newton’s Olita, Bates’ Petrel and with these the schooner Big Loafer might contest. Mr. Short said this afternoon that he expected to be able to bring about a race. No money is to be put up by any of the owners, and the race will be purely a sporting event.”


February 6, 1900 [SBMP]: “Across the channel, Henry Short's yacht, Ariel, returned yesterday afternoon from the lower end of Santa Cruz Island.”


March 15, 1900 [SBMP]: “Several rowboats have been put into the water this week, including one of H. S. Short's, the Laura Belle.”


March 30, 1900 [SBMP]: “Henry Short is doing some good work on both his launch and the Ariel. The latter is to be refitted with new sails, and put in fine condition for the summer’s business.”


May 25, 1900 [SBMP]: “Henry Short's gasoline launch, Chispa, will be launched today from the beach at Carpinteria. Mr. Short has had his engine refitted and expects to develop good speed in the boat. A fishing party will leave on the Chispa Sunday morning for Naples.”


June 10, 1900 [SBMP]: “Henry Short's yacht Ariel was out trolling with a party for a short time yesterday, and 25 barracuda were caught.”


June 22, 1900 [SBMP]: “Henry Short and West Thompson returned yesterday from Santa Cruz Island, with Mr. Short's Ariel, which has been repainted and otherwise put in shape for the races on the 4th of July.”


July 21, 1900 [SBMP]: “F. L. Hague and several friends from Carpinteria will leave Ventura Monday on Mr. Short's yacht Ariel for a week's trip to the islands.”


July 28, 1900 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Short’s Ariel sailed yesterday for Santa Cruz Island with P. T. McConnell and J. H. Yungling of the Union Oil Company of Santa Paula.”


August 11, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Short's gasoline launch, Chispa, will be in the water in a few days, ready for service. She has undergone a thorough overhauling at Carpinteria. Messrs. Hixenbaugh and Van Den Berg, with party, leave today for the islands aboard Captain Short's Ariel for a ten days' outing.”


August 11, 1900 [SBMP]: “Messrs. Hixenbaugh and Van Den Berg, with party, leave today for the islands aboard Captain Short’s Ariel for a ten days’ outing.”


August 14, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Short's Ariel returned from the islands yesterday with fish stories galore.”


August 23, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Short’s Ariel sailed today with a party of young men composed of R. Edward More, and brother Webbi, Roy Lescher and Harry and Tom Fish, all of Carpinteria, for an outing on Santa Cruz Island.”


August 24, 1900 [SBMP]: “The biggest fish stories of the season are related by the Van Den Berg Hixenbaugh party, who have been spending their vacation on a camping expedition on Santa Cruz Island. The party crossed the channel in the Ariel and speak highly of their trip and Captain Short's services.”


August 31, 1900 [SBMP]: “Captain Short took a party out late last Sunday in his launch Chispa, which is just off the ways after a thorough overhauling.”


March 20, 1901 [SBDI]: “Henry Short has beached his gasoline launch Chispa and will remodel the boat before again launching her.”


June 8, 1901 [SBDI]: “Henry Short this morning launched his gasoline launch Chispa. Several months ago the boat was taken out of the water and thoroughly overhauled, and a new engine and a coat of paint given her.”


July 5, 1901 [SBDI]: “In the yacht race yesterday afternoon only two boats started. The Olita, owned by Mr. Newton, won out in a very close race against the Ariel, Henry Short’s yacht…”


July 9, 1901 [SBMP]: “The launches Bumblebee and Chispa, towing the yacht Ariel, left port yesterday morning for the islands with a party of 20 people. Messrs. Short and Higgins were in charge. They will be absent several days and paint the boats.”


July 9, 1901 [SBDI]: “Henry Short’s launch with nine passengers given up for lost… Leach reports that Henry Short’s party arrived early yesterday at Frye’s Harbor, four miles above Tinker’s Harbor. Short escaped the heavy wind… but that Henry Short’s launch with ten persons aboard had not been seen up to 8 o’clock this morning and the gravest fears were entertained that the boat had been swamped, for a very heavy and ugly sea ran all night. Those in the boat are: Henry Short, wife and two children; May Sexton; Rose Sexton; Walter Sexton; Horace Sexton; Harry Gilbert; Miss Morse. They had no food with them, expecting a light lunch, as all had expected to land on the island a little after noon… As soon as word reached here that the boat was missing, a rescue party was gotten together and started across the channel in search, in the gasoline launch Peerless...”


July 14, 1901 [SBMP]: “The launch Chispa will cross the channel this morning with Henry Short at the helm, and R. Tollman, Alfred Hayward, Lucien Higgins, and Miss Laughlin as passengers.”


July 16, 1901 [SBDI]: “The party of ten which left here Sunday morning with Henry Short in the launch Chispa was due to return yesterday morning, but have failed to reach here. Friends are a little anxious, although confident that all is well. There have been several days of exceptionally quiet weather.”


July 17, 1901 [SBDI]: “The sloop Ariel with Byron Flint, left this morning for Santa Cruz Island. Henry Short will take a few friends over in his launch Chispa tomorrow.”


July 20, 1901 [SBDI]: “Henry Short’s party of ten, who went to the island Sunday morning, returned today. They report the camping party having a splendid time and that they will extend their trip one week longer.”


July 22, 1901 [SBDI]: “Several of the Henry Short camping party returned from Santa Cruz Island this morning.”


July 29, 1901 [SBDI]: “Henry Short took a party of young people on a trip to the islands this afternoon in his launch, Chispa.”


January 28, 1902 [SBMP]: “H. S. Short returned from the islands in the yacht Chispa yesterday afternoon. Very rough seas were encountered both going and coming.”


April 12, 1902 [OC]: “On this (Friday) morning T. E. Walker, Captain T. H. Merry and L. Lippmann departed for Santa Barbara, where they will be joined by Henry Short as pilot and depart this afternoon for Santa Cruz Island in the yacht Daisy to locate a permanent summer camp and station at Friar’s Harbor, situated on the north side of the island. From here they will also cruise along the line of the island to the west end…”


April 13, 1902 [SBMP]: “The Venturans have discovered the pleasures of a summer camp on Santa Cruz Island, and propose to make the best of it. The yacht Daisy of Hueneme, Captain T. H. Merry, will make regular trips between Santa Barbara and Friar's Harbor where a permanent camp for the Ventura people will be arranged. On Friday morning, T. E. Walker, Captain T. H. Merry and L. Lippmann departed for Santa Barbara, where they will be joined by Henry Short as pilot, and depart for Santa Cruz Island in the yacht Daisy to locate a permanent summer camp and station at Friar’s Harbor, situated on the north side of the island… Around Friar's Harbor are already a number of huts to be used for the summer, and the location is one of the best for a summer resort in southern California. Five or six beautiful clear water springs are scattered here and there near the harbor and pine trees are in abundance. It is the plan of the yacht club to locate a permanent camp and make excursions to this favored spot ...”


March 22, 1902 [LAT/SB]: “Henry Short, who is accustomed every year to take parties across the channel to the islands, with some friends forming a company, is to commence work at once toward the construction of a camp on Santa Cruz Island for summer tourists. Several cabins are to be built.”


April 13, 1902 [SBMP]: “Captain T. H. Merry... will be joined by Henry Short as pilot and depart in the yacht Daisy to locate a permanent summer camp and station at Friars [Fry's Harbor on Santa Cruz Island.]”


April 19, 1903 [SBMP]: “Friends of Henry Short are exercised concerning his continued absence from the city. Mr. Short left Sunday night, a week ago, in his gasoline launch Chispa for Santa Cruz Island on a fishing trip, and intended to return Monday. He took with him provisions for a short time only. Since then there has been no news of him. The rough weather of the past week has made communication with the island very irregular, and the few island vessels that have returned brought no word of Short. Yesterday the anxiety became so intense that his friend, Lucien Higgins, started for the islands with the Big Loafer to make a search for him. It is not improbable that Short may be at the islands waiting for a lull in the weather. He may have reached the island in safety and have gone to one of the ranch houses for food and shelter during the storm.”


April 21, 1903 [LAT/SB]: “Much concern is felt over the continued absence of Captain Henry Short, who left Santa Barbara for Santa Cruz Island about a week ago, with the expectation of returning the following day, but who has not yet put in an appearance. Immediately after his departure in his private launch Chispa, a heavy storm started in… A rescue party headed by Captain Frank Nidever is now making a search for the missing man and his launch…”


April 21, 1903 [SBMP]: “Henry Short returned yesterday morning from Santa Cruz Island after a rather trying experience in the channel. Short reached Anacapa Island safely a week ago, but in going from Anacapa to Santa Cruz Island the shaft of his gasoline launch broke.”


August 5, 1903 [SBMP]: “The fine catches of fish now being made fill the lover of the sport, who can’t get out to enjoy it, with envy. Small boats come in loaded to the gunnels with sea bass, barracuda, and bonita. The Ariel, Captain Short. brought in the finest catch yet recorded yesterday, consisting mostly of albacore. The mackerel have made their appearance, and for the next month or two will furnish sport that can’t be equaled anywhere on the coast.”


August 16, 1904 [SBMP]: “Henry Short took out a party of fishermen for a day’s sport last Saturday afternoon, going first to Santa Cruz Island, where they remained overnight on the land. The next morning a run over to Anacapa was made and then out into the channel, where all hands fished. The fish bit well, over six hundred pounds being caught in a few hours. Rock cod, red snappers, white fish and yellowtail were caught in large numbers. Others were caught by trolling on the return trip. The party was taken out in Mr. Short’s launch, Chispa, one of the strongest powerboats in the bay. The return trip was made Sunday afternoon.”


August 21, 1904 [SBMP]: “Henry Short, the owner and captain of the power launch Chispa, has returned from the islands after spending three days there. He took out a party of people from Ventura and they made a thorough exploration of the islands, visiting all the main points of interest there. There were 15 people in the party, a large number of whom were ladies, and they were much interested in the submarine gardens, the painted caves, and the multitude of seals which can be seen along the rocky shores of the islands. After three days of sight seeing, the party made a big catch of fish and returned to Ventura.”


August 27, 1904 [SBMP]: “Henry Short went out yesterday morning with his family, J. C. Wilson and attorney Harman Bell of Oakland, and fished during the morning about four miles from the shore. The party was in Mr. Short's power launch Chispa.”


August 31, 1904 [SBMP]: “Henry Short took out a party of eight in his power launch Chispa, and some nice fish were caught...”


September 2, 1904 [SBMP]: “Troll fishing for the large fish in the channel continues good... Henry Short took out one party Wednesday morning and another in the afternoon, each catching a number of barracuda, besides yellowtail and bonito.”


September 6, 1904 [SBMP]: “Fishing for small and large fish continues good in the channel. Those who have fished in the channel for years report that there has never been a time when fish were more plentiful or bit more readily that at present. Henry Short was out with a party of fourteen people yesterday and reported a large catch including seven tuna and many bonita and albacore.”


September 12, 1904 [SBMP]: “Henry Short took out a party of ten people from Summerland. They made a trip to the islands in the Chispa and trolled for large fish while going across the channel.”


September 13, 1904 [SBMP]: “S. Cooney of the Potter Hotel will leave today for the islands with a party of ten young people in Henry Short’s launch. They will leave the pleasure wharf at 7 o’clock and occupy the entire day in exploring the islands and fishing in the channel.”


September 18, 1904 [SBMP]: “Stewart White, the well-known Santa Barbara author, left on Friday with his bride and others for two days' explorations on Santa Cruz and Anacapa islands. They made the trip in Henry Short's power launch Chispa...”


October 2, 1904 [SBMP]: “A number of fishing parties will be out today after the big fish that are now being caught in the channel... Henry Short has gone to Summerland with his power launch Chispa, and will go to the islands with 20 Summerland residents for a day's fishing and exploring trip.”


October 9, 1904 [SBMP]: “Henry Short will have his power launch out with a party of fishermen.”


March 15, 1905 [SBMP]: “The gasoline launch of Henry Short, which went down to the bottom of the channel in Sunday's storm, has been located near the end of Stearn's Wharf. An effort was made yesterday afternoon to raise it, but the effort proved unsuccessful. As far as could be ascertained by Mr. Short, the boat appears to be intact. Arrangements will be made today to bring the launch to the surface.”


March 18, 1905 [SBMP]: “Henry Short's launch Chispa, which went down on Sunday and was located on the bottom of the ocean near Stern's Wharf, is still under water. Several attempts have been made to bring her up, but high waves on the ocean make it a very hard task.”


March 19, 1905 [SBMP]: “While Henry Short was dragging in the ocean for his sunken Chispa yesterday, his grapple hooks caught into an old brass cannon which was lying on the bottom of the ocean, and he succeeded in bringing it to the surface and now has it at his home. It was a rare find, being of very perfect construction and uninjured by its long exposure to the ocean waves. The cannon was nearly three feet long, with two small lugs on the sides and a large knob at the breach. It was either lost from some yacht years ago or is a relic from an old Spanish boat wrecked off this shore.”


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.”


March 24, 1905 [SBMP]: “Several old anchors have been recovered from the bottom of the ocean by those who are dragging for the engines of wrecked launches. Two large anchors have been found and raised by Captain Koch, and two others have been recovered by Henry Short. Some of them have been given to those who lost, but the others have not yet been claimed.”


March 28, 1905 [SBMP]: “Henry Short has after a week's hard work in dragging the bottom of the ocean, located his launch Chispa, which was sunk by the late storm. It was found 300 feet away from the wharf and 100 feet from where it had sunk. The Chispa will be raised today.”


June 22, 1905 [SBMP]: “The yacht Irene will leave next Monday for a week’s cruise about the Santa Barbara islands. A party is now being made up by Henry Short, and it is proposed to have accommodations for about eight persons. Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel islands will be visited and all of the famous points seen.”


July 12, 1905 [SBMP]: “Henry Short, Ira Eaton, Basil Faulding, Edwin P. Bradbury, Jr. and Mrs. Reynolds left for San Miguel Island last night in the Irene. They were supplied with full camp equipment and will spend a week on the island.”


July 29, 1905 [SBMP]: “Henry Short and party, returning recently from a two week camp on San Miguel Island, brought some fine photographs of the island scenes, particularly of the sea lion rookeries on Flea Island, a barren rock about a mile off the north shore of San Miguel. Mr. Short has a large collection of these pictures, and thousands of sea lions are seen clinging to the rocks.”


August 6, 1905 [LAT/SB]: “The largest sea lion herd ever located off this coast was discovered a few days ago by a party of Santa Barbara young men while cruising around the islands on the launch Irene. The cruisers report that Flea Island, a small rocky place, standing out of the sea on the north side of San Miguel Island, is the home of thousands of sea lions that are so tame that young ones can be played with like kittens and that hundreds could be caught without the use of ropes or nets. The party consisted of Henry Short, a boatman who is familiar with the Channel Islands, Basil Faulding, Edwin Bradbury and J. R. Reynolds. They have just returned from their two weeks cruise and brought back a number of photographs taken on their trip…”


August 9, 1905 [SBMP]: “Henry Short had a small party out recently, making a catch of 35 bonito, 35 barracuda and five yellowtail, with a short time.”


November 3, 1905 [LAT]: “Many dead whales afloat in channel. The bodies of over twenty dead whales, known as ‘killers,’ are floating in the channel off San Nicolas Island, thirty miles from this city. Henry Short saw a similar battle in one of the harbors of Santa Cruz, where the water boiled with agitation from the energy of the whales, and was in many places streaked with a red coloring of blood. Local fishermen and seal hunters rejoice in the destruction of the killers. They are a variety of whale, which are known to prey upon other large inhabitants of the channel, and have been seen to capture and devour baby seals, which are found in large numbers on the island reefs. What caused the death of so many whales at one time is not known, but it is believed that their most deadly foe is the swordfish, which are able to make deadly thrusts at the whales’ most vulnerable parts with their sword-like noses.”


May 8, 1906 [SBI]: “In the new power launch purchased by Henry Short in San Pedro a few days ago. Santa Barbara gains the largest and most serviceable boat in the bay. Mr. Short made the trip from San Pedro to Santa Barbara in twelve hours. The boat is called Point Firmin and is a trim craft forty-two feet long, ten-foot beam and four-foot draught. She carries a sixteen horsepower engine and has a large cabin and staterooms. The Point Firmin is just what is needed here for trips to the islands and for cruising around the channel. She carries twenty-five or thirty people easily and already Mr. Short has engagements to take out fishing and excursion parties.”


May 8, 1906 [SBMP]: Short’s new boat. Henry Short has just brought to this city a large and serviceable power launch, which he will use in carrying passengers to and from the Channel Islands and for fishing excursions. The name of the new craft is Point Firmin. Mr. Short purchased her in San Pedro and brought her to this city, making the trip in twelve hours. She is a pretty craft, forty-two feet long, ten-foot beam and four-foot draught. She carries a sixteen horse-power engine and is fitted with large covered cabin and toilet rooms. The Point Firmin has a capacity for carrying from twenty-five to thirty people with ease, and is just the boat that is needed for carrying large parties across the channel. Mr. Short has already had several of his friends out for a sail, and they are well pleased with the new boat.”


May 13, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Short will take a party of pleasure-seekers over to Santa Cruz in his new boat, and Captain Vasquez will leave about 1 o’clock this morning with a party of twenty young men who wish to visit the caves at Santa Cruz Island.”


May 15, 1906 [SBMP]: “A party of fifteen young men made a trip to Santa Cruz Island on Sunday in Henry Short's power launch Point Firmin, which was Short's first trip to the island in his new boat.”


May 16, 1906 [LAT]: “A party of fifteen young men made a trip to Santa Cruz Island on Sunday in Henry Short’s power launch, Point Firmin, which was Henry Short’s first trip to the islands in his new boat.”


May 17, 1906 [SBMP]: “Yesterday was an ideal day for sailing, and the waters of the channel were dotted with white sails and dark hills during the morning and afternoon… Among the boats out yesterday were… Henry Short’s launch, Point Firmin, and Captain Merry’s Vishnu…”


May 20, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Short took out a party of pleasure-seekers yesterday for a run across the channel in his power launch Point Firmin. Mr. Bell was the host of the party. His guests enjoyed a very pleasant trip.”


May 22, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Short will take a party to Santa Cruz Island today in his launch, Point Firmin. They will return this evening..”


June 2, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Short will take a party to Santa Rosa Island this morning in his launch Point Firmin. On Sunday he will carry excursionists to Santa Cruz Island.”


June 9, 1906 [SBMP]: “A large party of young people went on a pleasure trip up and down the Channel Islands last night in Henry Short's launch Point Firmin for several hours. They sailed and sang and had a genuine good time…”


June 19, 1906 [SBMP]: “The power launch Point Firmin can be secured for pleasure and fishing parties, moonlightboating, etc. Prices—$2.00 per hour. $5.00 for 3 hours. Above prices for small fishing parties only, consisting of not over five persons. Phone Bennet Black 2261. H. S. Short.”


June 25, 1906 [SBI]: “A jolly party left Santa Barbara this morning by the Point Firmin to camp on Santa Cruz Island for a week… Jimmy Short, Jr., Master Gerow and Captain Short of the Point Firmin.”


July 10, 1906 [SBMP]: “A large party of pleasure-seekers, headed by Mr. Darling, returned Sunday night from a fishing excursion to the islands. They left Saturday afternoon and sailed through heavy fog to Anacapa Island in Henry Short's launch Point Firmin. From Anacapa they cruised back to Santa Cruz and dropped lines for deepwater fish, catching over 100. Among the varieties were sheepshead, rock bass, cabrillo, albacore, bonito and yellowtail.”


July 12, 1906 [SBMP]: “The steam schooner Santa Cruz sailed for Prisoners Harbor yesterday. The Santa Cruz has been in port several days.”


July 31, 1906 [SBMP]: “Captain Short's yacht, Point Firmin, made the passage of the channel Sunday with a party of well known Santa Barbara people, including Dr. G. A. White, F. H. Conant, C. C. Knight, E. J. Mott and others. They visited Painted Cave and Cueva Valdez and saw much of the beauty of the islands.”


August 3, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Short was out in the channel with a party of fishermen yesterday. The party was arranged by Mr. Ames, who was accompanied by four gentlemen and three ladies. They made a trip out into the channel in the power launch Point Firmin and caught 15 large albacore. The fish averaged twenty-four pounds each in weight. Ed Hayward will take out a number of his friends for a sail in the Point Firmin today.”


August 4, 1906 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hayward entertained a party of friends yesterday morning on a fishing excursion in Henry Short’s power launch, Point Firmin…”


August 6, 1906 [SBI]: “The guests of Mr. Wade of Goleta, who formed a fishing party to Santa Cruz Island yesterday in Henry Short’s boat, the Point Firmin, are not likely to forget the many experiences which befell the trip… Mrs. Wallace Bates acted as hostess today on a channel trip, the Point Firmin again being pressed into service.”


August 16, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Short took out a party of fishermen for a day's sport...in Mr. Short's launch Chispa, one of the strongest powerboats in the bay.”


September 6, 1906 [SBI]: “After a day and night on Santa Cruz Island the members in a little party that arrived in part last evening in Captain Short’s launch Point Firmin, have as many wonderful tales to tell as usually fall glibly from the lips of those who go down to the sea in ships. Marvelous fish were caught, notable a 32-pound albacore… C. W. Ramsey will take a party of about fifteen friends to the islands Saturday to stay until Monday. They will go by the Point Firmin.”


October 6, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Short, who has been at the island in the Point Firmin with several friends, returned Thursday evening with seven hundred pounds of fish, making the best catch of yellowtail this year.”


October 21, 1906 [SBMP]: “Reports brought in from the channel by Captain Henry Short of the Point Firmin state that the barracuda are running again, and yellowtail are biting well.”


October 26, 1906 [SBMP]: “The launch Pt. Firmin, Captain Short, brought word to this city yesterday of the wreck of the sloop Sealion on Santa Cruz Island. The vessel is a total loss, but the crew were all saved. The Sealion is owned by a Japanese company, and has been engaged in the abalone trade in the channel for some time past. Owing to defective ground tackle, she drifted onto the rocks at Dick’s Harbor during a heavy blow a day or so ago and broke up in short order.”


November 6, 1906 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short leaves this morning in his launch, the Point Firmin, for Anacapa Island on a fishing trip. He expects to return to this port Thursday afternoon.”


November 16, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Short leaves this morning in his launch for a trip to the islands with a party of Miramar guests. The party will spend several days on Santa Cruz.”


November 22, 1906 [SBMP]: “Reporting the roughest weather in fifteen years, the Miramar guests who sailed over to Fry's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island last Friday, returned safely yesterday afternoon in charge of Captain H. S. Short. The staunch launch, Point Firmin, which was used in the trip, proved herself able to ride the unusually rough water, and under Captain Short's able management of the little vessel, the party suffered no inconvenience...”


November 25, 1906 [SBMP]: “Henry Short will leave Monday morning on his launch Pt. Firmin for a fishing trip to the islands.”


January 17, 1907 [SBWP]: “Boat owners will rebuild. New fleet will be in water soon. Valuable engines saved from wrecks. Since the heavy southeaster that cast so many of the smaller craft onto the beach, the waterfront has been the scene of much activity… Henry Short saved all the machinery from the Pt. Firmin, including the shaft and propeller. The hull is a total loss, and Captain Short says that he has salvaged $1700 from the wreck. His loss is considerably less than at first supposed, for the engine is a valuable one and can be installed in a new boat. Captain Short intends to build a new launch at once, and expects to have it finished within five months. The Pt. Firmin, although a very well built boat, was not as conveniently arranged as might have been, and Captain Short has several improvements in design, which he will embody in the new boat. Short has come in for his share of hard luck, for two years ago he lost the launch Chispa in a heavy southeaster. The Chispa was a total loss, and no effort was made to recover either the engine or the hull.”


January 20, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Short will build new yacht at once. Now that the winds have subsided and the rains ceased for awhile… Captain Short, whose pretty little launch, the Pt. Firmin, upon which so many have sailed up the coast and around the whistling buoy on pleasant Sundays, or have visited the gorgeous islands across the channel, was wrecked, has already begun to plan for a new boat. What that vessel will be, when completed, only the captain knows, and possibly his ideas have not yet taken definite form.”


May 31, 1907 [SBMP]: “The power launch Charm was put to her first hard test yesterday. All night long the men worked over the boat to get her into shape for the trip to the islands. She more than fulfilled Captain Henry Short's highest expectations...”


June 20, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Short and his big yacht Charm are busy these days with fishing and island parties. Yesterday the Charm was out with a fishing party, and found yellowtail running. Today Miss Broome, Mrs. Herring and party, from San Ysidro, will go to the islands for a view of the caves and beaches. June 28 a party of about forty will be taken on a week’s cruise to Long Beach, Catalina and other southern points…”


July 29, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short took a party of twenty-five to the islands last night. The boat left about 8 o’clock, making the delightful trip over by moonlight. All the interesting places will be visited today, the party returning home this evening. Among those in the party were: Miss Cronenburger, Miss Henderson, Miss Jones, Miss Boulman, Miss Leavitt of Los Angeles, Bert Scott, Mr. Slosson, H. Henderson, Hugh Gerrard, Eddie McBride and Howard Davis.”


August 11, 1907 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Aiken have engaged Captain Short’s boat, the Charm, to take a number of their friends to the islands, where they will view all the points of interest...”


August 13, 1907 [SBMP]: “Two camping parties go to the island today with Captain Henry Short in the launch Charm. Ed Stevens and family go to Ladies Harbor for two weeks. Mr. and Mrs. Parker and their three children of Santa Monica, J. L. Barker and Miss Ella M. Peck go to Pelican Bay.”


August 15, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short returned from the islands last evening, having landed the Stevens and Cramer parties safely. The Voorhees party will return Friday, and the Faulding party is expected home Saturday.”


August 16, 1907 [SBMP]: “The trip to the islands is becoming more popular every day. Captain Short took over a party yesterday in the Charm for a three-day’s exploration of the beauties of the island. Mrs. L. R. Whitcomb and Mrs. G. A. White chaperoned the party of young people who included Miss Lois Whitcomb, Miss Margaret White, Mabel Rasey, Miss N. J. Sias, Misses A. B. Brownell, Ethel Downing, Esther Downing and Eunice Hiller, Rodney M. Heggie, Joshua Snell, E. Edwards, Byron Smart, Eugene Whitcomb, Edward Snell and Mr. Holland. William Bejar will act as chef.”


August 17, 1907 [SBMP]: “Lucien Higgins is getting up a party to go to the island next Sunday in the launch Charm. Captain Henry Short returned last night in the Charm, bringing over George Voorhees and a party of fourteen.”


August 24, 1907 [SBMP]: “Fishing and excursion parties are especially popular just now. Captain Short returned in the launch Charm yesterday morning, bringing over the James Baker party, who spent a short but enjoyable holiday on the island. Today Captain Short will take over the Mat More party of Carpinteria, numbering about 35 in all. They are to leave the wharf at Serena this morning at 5 o’clock. Judge Overman of this city will be one of the party.”


August 24, 1907 [SBMP]: “A merry party is planning to leave for the island this evening. They will go over in the launch Charm, leaving here at 9 o’clock. Tomorrow will be spent visiting different harbors and the Painted Cave. The Levy Brown camping party, which has been encamped at Fry’s Harbor for the last two weeks, will return. Others in the party besides Levy Brown are Captain Nidever, Fred More, and several friends...”


August 28, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short’s vessel, the Charm, will take William Oothout and a party of Montecito out for a fishing excursion today. Mr. Wade and party will spend Sunday at the islands, going over in the Charm. Ed Stevens and party will return from their camp Thursday. Early in the coming week Captain Short will take his boat to San Pedro to install a new and larger engine.”


October 17, 1907 [SBWP]: “James Bernard O’Shea of Portland, Oregon, who is at the Potter, was out with a friend yesterday with Captain Short in the launch Charm, on a fishing excursion.”


October 26, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short went in the Charm yesterday to Santa Rosa Island to bring Frank Pepper, the superintendent, to the mainland.”


October 29, 1907 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain H. S. Short at the helm, arrived from Santa Rosa Island Sunday. Frank Pepper, the superintendent of the island, was also on board. He is staying in town for a few days.”


December 4, 1907 [SBI]: “Captain Short’s launch, the Charm, will soon be back in Santa Barbara harbor, after being thoroughly put to rights down in San Pedro. The Charm is one of the most popular launches in the channel and is always in requisition during the season by parties who wish to run over to the islands.”


December 4, 1907 [SBMP]: “Captain Short’s launch Charm is in San Pedro where she will be overhauled.”


May 31, 1908 [SBMP]: “The funeral of Mrs. Martha C. Short, wife of Captain Henry S. Short, will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the Presbyterian Church. Friends are invited to attend. The interment will be made privately in the Santa Barbara Cemetery.”


July 2, 1908 [SBI]: “Henry Short will leave for Santa Cruz Island Friday evening with a party of 40 Santa Barbara young people, who will camp on the island and return Monday.”


July 23, 1908 [SBI]: “Four hundred thousand probably loss by wreck. No effort yet made to get steamer Anubis off rock. Most of the cargo of the German steamer Anubis, which since Monday morning has lain on the rocks off the west coast of San Miguel Island, will be a total loss, and it is very unlikely that the ship itself can be floated… Captain Short of the launch Charm returned to Gaviota yesterday and went off to the wreck again in the afternoon…”


July 24, 1908 [SBI]: “Wrecked ship breaking up. Captain A. F. Pillsbury, surveyor for the marine underwriters, left for the wreck of the German freighter Anubis this morning on the revenue cutter Manning… Captain Short returned to Santa Barbara last night in the Charm, after spending two days at the wreck…”


August 22, 1908 [SBI]: “A party of Summerland people will go out in the launch Charm, Captain Henry Short in command, tomorrow. The day will be spent cruising about the islands and fishing.”


August 22, 1908 [SBMP]: “A party including Carter Harrison of Chicago and eleven others due back from the islands Thursday night arrived safely yesterday after Captain Vasquez had started out after them, meeting the launch in mid-channel. It appears a high sea made it necessary for Captain Short to land his party on the island for the night. When the Charm reached Miramar yesterday, the passengers received quite a welcome.”


August 28, 1908 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short will leave for the islands today with an outfit for crawfishing, in preparation for the opening of the season, September 15.”


August 28, 1908 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short started yesterday for Santa Cruz Island with men and outfits for two crawfish camps. The crawfish season opens September 15, but the men will put in the time in the interim building traps, etc., and making ready for the first of the season.”


August 31, 1908 [SBI]: “…Captain Henry Short also returned yesterday with a party.”


August 31, 1908 [SBI]: “For several hours this morning the beach in front of the bath house was rendered unfit for bathing and swimmers were forced to go out to the end of the pier to reach clean water, by the spilling of about a quart of oil from Captain Henry Short’s launch, the Charm. Captain Short pumped out the hold of his launch at about 10:30 o’clock. Several gallons of bilge water mixed with about a quart of crude oil were dumped into the channel near the end of the pier. Among those who were bathing and were obliged to go out to the pier end were Mr. and Mrs. John Beale. W. B. Aitken is another who testifies as to the disastrous effect of oil on the beach and surf. The oil continued to float in the surf for several hours. Captain Short’s boat and about a dozen like it could be stowed away in one of the many oil tanks carried by an oil steamer such at the Union Oil company would use were it permitted to unload oil across Santa Barbara’s beach.”


September 3, 1908 [SBWP]: “Captain Short, in the launch Charm, goes today to Santa Cruz Island with a party of campers from Summerland and will bring home on his return trip this evening, the party of young people from this city he took over yesterday.”


September 8, 1908 [SBMP]: “Swamped near Second Point. Theatrical people narrowly escape drowning in breakers. Four theatrical people… were upset out of a rowboat off Second Point yesterday afternoon and not only terribly frightened, but almost drowned. Although Captain Short, who was near, offered to render them assistance, they decided to make their way to the shore…”


October 29, 1908 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short returned yesterday afternoon on the launch Charm from the islands, bringing over a cargo of crawfish.”


December 2, 1908 [SBI]: “Severest storm of season sends fishermen to cover… Captain Short was caught with the launch Charm anchored off the wharf. He stuck by his boat, which came near being swamped several times, and weathered the gale.”


May 21, 1909 [SBMP]: “Nat Moore, West Thompson, Jennie Larco and several others left yesterday morning for Santa Cruz Island where they expect to spend a week fishing and camping. The party intended to leave Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock in Captain Short’s boat, the Charm, but owing to accident to the engine they were delayed.”


May 23, 1909 [SBMP]: “A merry boating party left for Santa Cruz Island this morning at 5 o’clock in Captain Short’s launch, the Charm. They will visit the Painted Cave, Lady’s Harbor, Valdez Harbor and other points of interest, returning late this afternoon. Those in command of the commissary department of the expedition reported that sufficient provisions would be taken along to provide the entire party for ten days in case they should be marooned…”


June 3, 1909 [SBMP]: “Captain Short took a party of eight to Santa Cruz Island this morning in the Charm. They will visit Painted Cave and many of the beauty spots of the island. They will return tonight.”


June 16, 1909 [SBMP]: “The crew of the Baltic, which returned from Santa Cruz Island yesterday, brought the report that the Charm, Captain Short, went ashore at Pelican Bay yesterday morning, smashing in her side and damaging her to a serious extent. It is reported that the Charm, while anchored, either broke or fouled her anchor chains and went onto the rocks. It could not be learned last night whether anyone was on the boat at the time of the accident, or whether it had yet been pulled off the rocks. Captain Short, accompanied by Captain Waters, left last Sunday for San Miguel Island with a cargo of general merchandise, intending to stop at Santa Cruz on his return trip.”


June 25, 1909 [SBMP]: “Captain Short returned from San Miguel Island yesterday in the Charm, and expressed great surprise when he learned that he had been reported wrecked at Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island. Captain Short emphatically stated that he had not been near Pelican Bay on this trip and could not see how the crew of the Baltic could have circulated such a report. Captain Waters and Martin Whittingham, who accompanied him on the trip, will remain until July 15 on San Miguel Island. After making another trip to Santa Cruz Island, Captain Short will take the Charm to San Pedro where it will be completely overhauled and refitted. During the stay at San Miguel Island, Captain Short took a large number of pictures of the sea lion herds on the rocks. One picture showed more than 25 pups, not one of which was over two weeks old.”


August 12, 1909 [SBI]: “Several square feet of the deck and cabin of Captain Henry Short’s launch Charm were blown off this morning when the gasoline tank exploded with terrible force. Captain Short, who was on board, escaped injury, and the damage to the boat will be repaired so that it can be used in a day or two. Captain Short went on board this morning to make some repairs to the machinery. He had completed his work and started the engine when the tank exploded. The supposition is that it had been pumped too full of oil.”


August 16, 1909 [SBI]: “Reverend C. A. Hyatt, Presbyterian clergyman of Carpinteria, will take a party of 12 on a cruise to the islands this evening. They will go on the Charm, Captain Short, commander.”


September 3, 1909 [SBI]: “Local boat owners caught napping by the revenue cutter McCullough during its visit here in July, are now feeling the sting that follows disobedience of federal regulations. Captain Henry S. Short of the launch Charm today paid a $200 fine to Clio L. Lloyd, agent of the treasury department, and three other local boat owners have been ordered to pay fines from $200 to $700. Captain Short’s failure to connect up his new gasoline signaling whistle is the only charge reported by the McCoullough. He had purchased the whistle in accordance the new regulations that went into effect last spring, but when the revenue cutter was here it had not been put in working order. Other owners of powerboats have been fined for similar offenses. They have not paid their fines yet, and their names are being withheld. It is understood the offenses are failure to provide mechanical whistles, failure to paint the name of the boat in plain letters on the hull, and similar delinquencies that seem trifling to the landsman. Nine of the local fleet have been fined for failure to provide life preservers. Captain Short is indignant, and declares the revenue officers have acted unjustly in that insufficient notice was given to allow him to equip his boat properly before the visit of the McCullough. He had bought a whistle and installed it, and the only offense with which he was charged is that it was not connected. Because Captain Short’s intention to obey the law was clear, an effort will be made to have the fine remitted, and the fines of other local boat owners may also be remitted. But they must first be paid. The amount of the fine is to be assessed for each offense is fixed by the new regulations. Those who have been fined more than $200 are charged with violating the regulations in more than one particular. Mr. Lloyd is only obeying orders in notifying boat owners and collecting fines. The complaints were all lodged by the revenue cutter.”


October 26, 1909 [SBMP]: “Captain Short left for San Miguel Island last night in his launch Charm, carrying a cargo of supplies for Captain Waters, owner of the island. In the cargo were a number of wicker chairs of all descriptions. On the return trip the last of this week, the Charm will touch at both Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands.”


December 16, 1909 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short expects to sail on Saturday or the first of next week for San Miguel Island with mail and provisions for the people who are working on the ranch there. Captain W. G. Waters and his brother will arrive from Los Angeles possibly tomorrow, and will be taken to San Miguel, which is the property of Captain Waters. From San Miguel, Captain Short will proceed to Santa Rosa. Here the mail and provisions for this island will be left. Frank Pepper, manager of the island ranch, is to return in the Charm to spend Christmas holidays in Santa Barbara. This is the regular monthly trip, which Captain Short makes to these two islands. Shortly after New Years, Captain Short intends to go south to San Pedro, where his boat the Charm will undergo a thorough overhauling. A new engine will be installed, which will be one of the finest and latest models that can be obtained. The new engine is what is known as a Reeves Graef marine and is built by the Trenton Engine Company in the east. Furthermore, the long cabin will be removed and a shorter one built. Rattan seats will be substituted in place of the present wooden ones. It is possible that another mast may be added. The many improvements will require a month and a half of hard work to install. Captain Short does not expect to be back earlier than March or even later owing to the storms at sea which will be raging at this date.”


December 30, 1909 [SBWP]: “Captain W. G. Waters will leave this morning in Captain Short’s launch, the Charm, for San Miguel Island. The Charm is loaded with provisions and a number of articles with which Captain Waters is furnishing his large ranch house, recently finished. There are about 5,000 sheep on the island at this time, and Captain Waters stated yesterday that the wool this year would be exceptionally fine as the recent heavy rains have washed it clean. Shearing will commence in about a month or six weeks.”


May 13, 1910 [SBMP]: “Reduce time across channel. Captain Short expects to make trip in less than three hours. With one of the latest and most improved engines, with a safety tank and many other devices and conveniences installed, the launch Charm is ready for the summer trade. The boat has been in San Pedro for the past four months and has undergone a thorough overhauling and is fitted with new rigging, new sails and handsome rattan backs on the seats. Captain Henry Short is justly proud of his boat and expects to make good time crossing the channel, probably in less than three hours. Not only will he take parties to the islands from Santa Barbara but parties are being made up in other places and this summer promises to be a busy one. Captain Short reports an immense amount of business in the southern port. When he left there were two steamers unloading over 2,000,000 feet of lumber, and there were fifteen four-masted schooners also discharging lumber cargo. The dredgers were working steadily, deepening the bay, and a dredger, which cost over $100,000, was recently launched with elaborate ceremonies. As a result of the aeroplane tournament, many are building flying machines in the south and expect to make flights this summer.”


May 17, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain William G. Waters will leave today in the launch Charm with Captain Henry Short for San Miguel Island. Captain Waters goes as a business trip and will be gone several days.”


May 23, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short’s launch, the Charm, will take a party of high school teachers and others for a moonlight ride on the channel this evening, with Justice E. C. Overman as host.”


May 27, 1910 [SBI]: “Thomas Del Valle died last night at his home on East Ortega Street, after a brief illness. He was 90 years old, and up to the time of his death he was ready to talk of the visit of the late Helen Hunt Jackson to his father’s Rancho Camulos, where she spent weeks writing whole chapters of Ramona and laying the plot of the book… Joseph Del Valle, a son, was at Prisoners’ Harbor on Santa Cruz Island when his father died. Captain Henry Short of the launch Charm left at 10 o’clock this morning to notify him of the death of his father and to bring him back to the mainland. He expects to make the round trip in about five hours. Mr. Del Valle is an employee of the Santa Cruz Island Company.”


June 5, 1910 [SBMP]: “Ogenio Larco will guide a party of Montecito people today in a trip across the channel and to the beauty spots of Santa Cruz Island in Captain Short’s Charm. The launch will leave the wharf early and lunch will be eaten probably at Valdez. The Painted Cave will be one of the points visited. Tomorrow the Charm will carry a load of thirty Carpinteria people on a similar junket to the same island.”’


June 13, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Short today took a party of carpenters in his launch, the Charm, for a ten days cruise about the islands…”


July 1, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain W. G. Waters, after spending a few days at his island home, San Miguel, returned yesterday on Captain Henry Short’s launch, the Charm. Captain Waters left here June 21 for San Miguel. An unusually high sea was experienced at that time and Captain Short deemed it unsafe to try to effect a landing at San Miguel when within a few miles of the island. Tuesday night was spent with campers on Santa Cruz Island, 36 miles east and on the following Thursday morning, the seas having becalmed, the voyage was continued to San Miguel.”


July 8, 1910 [SBMP]: “The Charm. H. S. Short, owner. Safe sea-going launch for charter—fishing parties, moonlight parties, and trips to the islands. For particulars see Dwight Faulding, Agent, at Ruiz’ Drug Store. Both phones 102.”


July 9, 1910 [SBI]: “Henry Short will take a crowd of sight-seers to the islands tomorrow in the Charm. The party will visit all points of interest about the islands, returning late in the evening. In the party will be Judge Overman, H. G. Merrill, Miss Merrill, Miss Frost, Miss Beverly and Miss Rostine.”


July 12, 1910 [SBMP]: “That the body of Miss Isabel Pierce may be recovered from the cruel embrace of the sea is the fervent wish of the many hundreds of friends of the popular high school girl whose life was sacrificed when she attempted to swim ashore from an overturned boat off Cueva Valdez Friday; but in the opinion of boatmen familiar with the currents of the channel, and the location of the scene of the terrible disaster, it will be mere chance if the remains are ever found. About Arch Rock the currents and the tides sweep with relentless speed... The last members of the ill-fated Whitcomb party to leave the island came away Sunday in Captain Short’s Charm… The news of the tragedy, as published in the Press Sunday morning, was the first information many of the relatives of the campers for many of the relatives of the campers and of the disaster, all of them not having been notified when the Gussie M came in the night previous with the story of the mishap…”


July 13, 1910 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Short, will visit the island Thursday.”


July 13, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Vasquez, in the launch Gussie M, returned at noon from a seal hunting expedition to the Channel Islands. He brought with him Francis Flint and Heath Conant, who were left at Friar’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island Sunday to patrol the beach in search of the body of Miss Isabel Pierce, one of the victims of last Friday’s disaster on the island. The boys said they had thoroughly explored the shore and bay where the accident occurred. All that could be found were hats belonging to the members of the party who were capsized. Captain Short will leave tomorrow in the launch Charm and remain the rest of the week. He will cruise all about the island, making a very thorough search for the remains.”


July 18, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Vasquez returned form Santa Cruz Island this morning. No traces had been found of the body of Miss Isabel Pierce, who was drowned about ten days ago in Cueva Valdez. Captain Short with the launch Charm, A. M. Pierce, the father of the girl, Ed Stevens, Eugene Whitcomb, Heath Conant and a force of men have thoroughly patrolled every foot of the shore. They have used about 50 pounds of dynamite, but all in vain. The Charm will leave the island this evening, bringing the searching party home. “


July 19, 1910 [SBI]: “A. M. Pierce returned last evening in the launch Charm from Santa Cruz Island after an unsuccessful search for the body of his daughter, Isabel Pierce, who was drowned ten days ago in Cueva Valdez. Every effort has been made since the accident to find the body, but the search has proved fruitless and Mr. Pierce has almost given up hope. The depth of water and the constant current, coupled with the heavy kelp at that place, were all against the searching party. Dynamite was used extensively at and near the scene of the accident and around the rock, where the girl was last seen, but all were in vain. Assisting Mr. Pierce in the search were Captain Henry Short, Ed Stevens, John Warnell, Eugene Whitcomb, Frederick Conant and Raymond Short. A sharp lookout will be maintained for the next week. A large party of Los Angeles people are camping about two miles from the place, and the Japanese fishermen are out that way at least every other day. Captain Short will make another trip to the islands the last of this week.”


July 23, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain Short took a party on the Charm yesterday to Santa Cruz Island for a week’s camping trip. Those in the party were Mr. and Mrs. John U. Hussey of Pinecroft Cottage, Miramar, Mrs. Hussey’s daughter, Mrs. Gelnoy, Mr. Hussey’s brother, Mr. Frank D. Frazier, Reginald Fernald and Elliott Rogers.”


July 23, 1910 [SBI]: “The body of Miss Isabel Pierce, who was drowned on the morning of July 8 at Cueva Valdez, Santa Cruz Island, was found late yesterday afternoon and brought to this city by Captain Henry Short, in the launch Charm, arriving at 11 o’clock last night. The body was found about ten yards from the place of the accident. It had evidently been entangled in the kelp and held at the bottom until the fourteenth day. The only means of identification was by the clothing and jewelry. Miss Pierce wore a silver bracelet and a signet ring on her right hand, while on the left wrist was a leather bracelet with a silver watch. The watch was stopped at 11:30 A.M., indicating the time of the accident.”


July 24, 1910 [SBMP]: “Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. yesterday opened the rod and reel fishing season in the Santa Barbara channel by capturing the first albacore. It was a good-sized fish, weighing probably fifteen or twenty pounds, and giving amateur fishermen a half hour’s very strenuous work with the 12-ounce tackle. Yet he was very greatly ‘dee-lighted.’ Mr. Roosevelt was accompanied by his bride and by Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Edward White, who have been their companions on a number of pleasant outing trips since their coming to Santa Barbara a month ago. The trip was made in the power yacht Charm, Captain H. S. Short, and the boat went twenty miles into the channel, nearly to Anacapa Island before the schools of albacore were found. And then such numbers of them! It seems that the channel fish have been waiting for Teddy, Jr. to coax them from their hiding places in the deep, for the fishing until yesterday has been notoriously poor this summer. The Roosevelt-White party brought in several albacore. The Charm left its distinguished passengers at Stearn’s Wharf late in the afternoon, all of them expressing pleasure with the cruise, and none of them having been the least bit seasick.”


July 26, 1910 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara, July 25. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. has made arrangements with Captain Henry Short of this city to hunt the wild boars of the Channel Islands next summer. He says he is very anxious for such an experience and would take up the sport now were he not on his honeymoon. The hogs are very savage and put up vicious battles when cornered by hunters. They have been known to chase men for miles over the mountains.”


July 26, 1910 [SBI]: “There have been many camping parties and cruises at Santa Cruz Island the last couple of weeks… F. A. Garbutt showed up with the Skidblandnir, which was conceded to be one of the classiest boats seen this summer in these waters. He brought about seventeen… Others were Captain Short with the Charm, Ira Eaton with the Surprise, and Dwight Faulding with the Mystery…”


July 27, 1910 [WP/NYT]: “Theodore Roosevelt Jr., who has been spending his honeymoon in Santa Barbara, today completed arrangements for hunting wild boars in the caves of the Channel Islands with Captain Henry Short next summer. When told that the boars run wild on the islands, Roosevelt declared he would like to spend a week hunting them, but would not permit it to interrupt his honeymoon. The boars on the island are extremely vicious.”


August 5, 1910 [SBMP]: “The power yacht Charm returned last night from a ten days’ pleasure cruise around the Santa Barbara islands, having on board a party of Carpinterians who report a most delightful voyage. They visited and encircled four islands of the group: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa. At San Miguel they were entertained at the ranch house of Captain W. G. Waters, and saw all of the many natural attractions that make this most western isle of the Santa Barbara aggregation interesting. They also saw the points of interest on Santa Rosa Island, and were hospitably received at the home of the manager of the big cattle ranch, Frank Pepper. They lingered for a day or two at different camping places on Santa Cruz, and the last place visited was Anacapa Island where Mr. Webster of Ventura, the lessee of the island, has a pretty camp. The trip was one of both pleasure and educational profit, and will be long remembered by those who formed the party. The voyagers were Joseph and Edward Moore, Anna Moore, Henry Fish, Julia Fish, Thomas Fish, Miss Hammond, Miss Oglesby, Miss Gorham, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Alexander, Raymond and Margaret Short and Captain H. S. Short, the owner of the Charm.”


August 9, 1910 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cameron Rogers and family leave tomorrow for the days’ camping trip to Fry’s Harbor. Others in the party will be Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Lamb of Santa Ynez. Later they will be joined by Mrs. Reginald Frost and Elliott Rogers. They will cross the channel in the Charm with Captain Short.”


August 24, 1910 [SBI]: “After coming over from the island and spending the day in Santa Barbara, Robert Cameron Rogers of this city and Cyril Lamb of Santa Ynez will return this morning to the Rogers' camp on Santa Cruz Island, where the party will stay until Monday, when they will return with Captain Short in the Charm. Frank M. Whitney, who has been visiting at the camp, returned home yesterday.”


August 24, 1910 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Henry Short, will leave Thursday for San Miguel Island with Mrs. Ward, wife of the foreman of the island ranch, who has been spending a few weeks here, the guest of Mrs. Ercanbreck and family. She also visited friends in San Jose.”


September 1, 1910 [SBMP]: “The San Pedro fishermen are again invading the Santa Barbara channel, and before many days the entire fleet of 20 or 30 boats may be expected here. Captain Short of the Charm and other channel mariners report that the fishing around the islands is improving rapidly, there being large schools of sardines, bonita and albacore.”


September 1, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Short took a trip to Santa Cruz Island today to attend to some private business and will return this evening. He reports that one or two fishing boats from San Pedro have arrived at the islands and that more are on the way. The sardines are just beginning to run well and in a few days there should be fish of all kinds in the channel.”


September 8, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain H. S. Short of the launch Charm was surprised yesterday morning when a chunk of a boy, probably 12 years old, came down the dock and calmly announced the fact that he was the party for which the boat had been chartered for a three days’ trip in the channel. The lass was Bobby McVickers, son of H. G. McVickers of New York, who, with his wife and two children have been at the Potter for the past week. Bobby is young in looks and small in stature, but in experience and good sense he is well advanced in years. Trips from New York to Chicago alone have been easy for him for the past two years. In a short time he will leave New York unaccompanied. The arrangements for the Charm were made by Mr. McVickers’ valet. But Bobby saw to all the details… Bobby is going after tuna. His valet is with him… In giving his instructions to Captain Short he said ‘Go anywhere the tuna are. I don’t care if I don’t see land the whole time we are gone.’”


September 8, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Short took a large party from the Potter Hotel to the islands Wednesday in the Charm. They will cruise and fish along the channel and will return some time Saturday. Short reports that the fishing is improving rapidly, as also do the San Pedro fishermen who are working in the channel.”


September 11, 1910 [SBMP]: “The linemen of Santa Barbara Gas and Electric Company will go out on the channel today with Captain Henry Short in the Charm for a half-day’s deep sea fishing. They hope to land several tuna before they return. On Monday Captain Short will take a pleasure party on a cruise to the islands. Among them will be Charles F. Eaton and a party of guests from Miramar. The party will visit Painted Cave and other points of interest.”


September 12, 1910 [SBI]: “Charles F. Eaton and a party from Miramar went over to the islands this morning with Captain Short on the Charm, and from all indications of weather and equipment they are having an excellent time. They will visit some places of interest on Santa Cruz, do some fishing and probably return tonight.”


September 15, 1910 [SBI]: “For the safety of visiting vessels, Captain Henry Short, owner and skipper of the powerboat Charm, has provided a 1500 pound anchor with mooring just east of the commercial wharf.”


September 22, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain Short will leave for Santa Rosa Island this morning with several men who will assist in the great amount of repair work that is being done by the island company. Returning, he will take a crowd of Arlington workmen to Santa Cruz Island. They will leave Saturday night and return Sunday night.”


September 22, 1910 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short left here this morning in the launch Charm with a party of workmen who are to help in the repair work going on at Santa Rosa Island, the most northern of the Channel group. The Charm will return in time to transport a party of workmen at the Arlington to Santa Cruz Island for a picnic, returning Sunday night.”


September 25, 1910 [SBMP]: “The naval reserves left on the Charm, Captain Short, last night at 7:30 o’clock for Santa Cruz Island. They will hold a barbecue there this forenoon and this afternoon cruise down to the east end of the island on a fishing trip. They will return tonight.”


October 1, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short is making up a party to take the island trip tomorrow on the Charm.”


October 2, 1910 [SBMP]: “Two parties of local people will make the voyage to the islands today, one with Captain Short in the Charm, and the other with Captain Vasquez in the Gussie M.”


October 4, 1910 [SBMP]: “Twenty local people made the trip to Santa Cruz Island in the Charm, Captain Short. They were Misses Dindale, Leslie, Rothstein, Williams, Harris and Smith, and Messrs. Leslie, Andis, Hoffmasterk, Smith, Morgan, Maydole, Down and Justice E. C. Overman.”


October 11, 1910 [SBI]: “A fishing party went over to the island with Captain Short, Sunday, in the Charm. The party consisted of John Smith, of the Ott Hardware Company, his brother, A. V. Smith and wife, Fred Lowe and the Misses Louise and Maud Heyle. On the way home a few albacore were caught.”


October 25, 1910 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Henry Short, arrived Sunday from San Miguel Island and leaves today for San Pedro to be overhauled preparatory to the rush of business next month during the visit of the fleet.”


November 15, 1910 [SBMP]: “A party of electricians at work on the Arlington Hotel chartered the Charm, Captain Henry Short, for Sunday, and had a delightful cruise about the islands. A number of fish were caught on the outward trip.”


December 13, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain W. G. Waters leaves today by the Charm, Captain Henry S. Short, for his island ranch, San Miguel, to be gone several days.”


December 22, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain Short left Wednesday for Ventura in his launch Charm, in order to take a party from that city to Anacapa Island.”


December 23, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain Short yesterday took his Charm to Ventura to carry a party headed by H. B. Webster from that city to Anacapa Island. He expects to return Friday.”


December 24, 1910 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short, returning from Anacapa Island by way of Ventura, reports peculiar weather conditions afloat. At Ventura it was so rough that the party boarded the launch with difficulty. In mid-channel and at the island there was little wind, and the sea was smooth. Approaching Santa Barbara the water was also like a millpond, with very little roll.”


January 20, 1911 [SBMP]: “According to reports brought yesterday from the Channel Islands, they failed to receive any benefits from the recent rains that saved the season for the mainland farmers and cattlemen. The rainfall on Santa Rosa Island was less than half an inch; while about a quarter of an inch was reported on Santa Cruz, with scarcely none on the west end. These reports were brought over by Captains Nidever and Libby of island boats. While there has been nothing heard from San Miguel Island, which is the most westerly of the group, it is supposed that the same condition prevails there. Captain Short with the Charm left early this morning for San Miguel to get Captain W. G. Waters, the owner, and his brother, who has been there for a few weeks…”


February 10, 1911 [LAT]: “Captain Henry Short, in the launch Charm, left today for San Miguel Island with supplies for the sheep shearers’ camp. The sheep shearers will go over next week with Captain Waters.”


February 20, 1911 [LAT]: “Captain Henry Short is to convey a large party of sheep shearers to San Miguel Island Tuesday in the launch Charm.”


February 22, 1911 [SBMP]: “To San Miguel. The powerboat Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will leave today for San Miguel Island with Captain W. G. Waters, owner of the island, and ten sheep shearers who will be busy for some weeks with the spring clip.”


March 8, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short will leave here in the launch, Charm, Thursday morning for San Miguel Island to bring back Captain William G. Waters and his gang of sheep shearers.”


March 15, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry S. Short reports that during the railroad tie up he was kept constantly busy carrying parties from the Potter and the Arlington hotels from this city to Redondo in his launch Charm. Mr. Short also states that 200 feet of the pier at Hueneme was torn out by the recent storm.”


March 28, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short, in his launch Charm, left for San Miguel Island today, towing two barges for lightering sheep.”


March 30, 1911 [SBMP]: “Captain Waters, accompanied by his brother John A. Waters, made the trip over [to San Miguel Island] on the launch, Charm, with Captain Henry Short. On the return trip at about 8:00 last night, a pelican flew over the deck and was caught by Mr. Waters. It was a beautiful gray bird handsomely marked. The bird was taken to the Larcos by Captain Short and will be kept there as a pet.”


March 31, 1911 [SBMP]: “The new grey pelican, which alighted on Captain Short’s powerboat Charm Thursday night in midchannel, and which was presented to the Larcos to take the place of the missing Jim, made himself very much at home yesterday, although he resented the presence of the old bird, and promptly picked a fight. The newcomer was victorious, and the outcome might have been serious but for prompt interference. Sebastian Larco said yesterday he had never heard of a pelican alighting on a moving boat. Of the old pair, Jack was caught by a crew of trainmen at Saugus; and Jim owed his long sojourn ashore to a fishhook imbedded in an appetizing smelt being brought to deck on the end of a trolling line. The latest arrival refuses to eat, but the Larcos anticipate no trouble in bringing him to feed.”


April 6, 1911 [SBI]: “A party of about 20, composed mostly of boarders at the Gregson House, spent Wednesday on Santa Cruz Island. The party left here about 7 o’clock in the morning in Captain Short’s launch, the Charm, returning about 6:30 o’clock in the evening. William Snyder of the Gregson was the head of the party. All report a happy outing.”


April 23, 1911 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Short, returned Sunday morning with a merry party of Thacher School boys who spent a week on Santa Cruz Island, with the permission of the Caire company to roam at will. They camped at Prisoners’ Harbor, and made over land excursions that reached every important point on the island. Sunday afternoon, Captain Short crossed to the island with D. C. Howe, a Pasadena scientist, who is commissioned by the University of California to secure certain data.”


April 25, 1911 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain Short, returned Sunday morning with a merry party of Thacher school boys who spent a week on Santa Cruz Island, with the permission of the Caire company to roam at will. They camped at Prisoners’ Harbor, and made overland excursions that reached every important point on the island. Sunday afternoon, Captain Short crossed the island with D. C. Howe, a Pasadena scientist, who is commissioned by the University of California to secure certain data.”


May 16, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short had a unique and interesting experience Sunday afternoon on the way from Hueneme with a party to Santa Cruz Island, when his powerboat Charm ran through miles and miles of dense schools of little fish over which sea birds swarmed by the thousands, feasting. ‘This is a sign,’ said Captain Short, ‘that the fish will be extraordinarily good this summer and fall’… Captain Short’s skiff was washed ashore in the breakers off Hueneme Sunday and the people there saved it and returned it to the skipper.”


May 23, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Henry Short left in the launch Charm for San Miguel Island carrying as a passenger Captain William G. Waters.”


June 4, 1911 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Charm, Captain Short, returned yesterday from a trip to San Miguel Island, and left last night at 9 o’clock with a party of young men for Santa Cruz Island where Sunday will be spent, the return trip being made tonight. The party was gotten up by George Mott and L. R. Leslie.”


August 24, 1911 [SBMP]: “A genuine blue fin tuna, such as a member of the Catalina Tuna Club would be delighted to hook, was caught in the channel ten miles out from Santa Barbara yesterday by M. R. Burgin of 18 Carrillo Street, fishing from the deck of Captain Henry Short's powerboat, Charm.”


September 1911: Captain H. S. Short, master of the power launch, Charm, found the wreck of the Comet on San Miguel Island in 1911. [Eaton 1980: 88, 95, 120, 124, 126, 197].


September 14, 1911 [SBMP]: “That the lumber schooner Comet did not strike Richardson Rock before going ashore on the north beach of San Miguel Island August 30th is the statement made by Captain Henry H. Short, master of the powerboat Charm, just returning from the scene of the disaster.”


September 15, 1911 [LAT]: “New theory about Comet. That the lumber schooner Comet did not strike Richardson Rock before going ashore on the north beach of San Miguel Island August 30, is the statement made by Captain Henry Short, master of the powerboat Charm, just returned from the scene of the disaster. It was the belief of Captain Borgenson, of the Comet, that in the heavy fog during the night, when his vessel was wrecked, he first ran upon the Richardson Rock, which lies three or four miles northeast from San Miguel Island. This is pronounced a mistake by Short, who says that the Comet must have struck Wilson’s Rock, a reef that is closer to the island. From his study of the situation, he says Captain Borgenson can not be blamed for the wreck…”


October 3, 1911 [SBMP]: “The cargo and rigging of the wrecked lumber schooner Comet will be brought from San Miguel Island to this city if the plans of Captain Henry Short of the Charm and Captain Waters, owner of San Miguel Island, will be carried out. They are now the owners of the wreck, Vail & Vickers, owners of Santa Rosa Island, having abandoned their option some days ago, after a careful investigation of the stranded schooner. Waters and Short are in the best possible position to handle the wreck, by reason of the facilities at their command. Captain Waters has a number of mules on San Miguel, and they can be utilized in carting the lumber from the shore to Cuyler’s bay, a distance of two miles, where it can be made into rafts, and towed across the channel when weather conditions are favorable. A certain quantity of the cargo can be floated from the wreck itself, just how the wreckers do not care to divulge—being a trade secret. The Comet carried a general cargo of both dimension and finish lumber, and the material will find a ready sale if it can be landed here.”


October 4, 1911 [SBMP]: “What the currents of the Santa Barbara channel will do, and an explanation of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the bodies of the victims of the Santa Rosa disaster is the offering that comes from San Miguel Island, in reports brought by Captain Henry Short of the powerboat Charm. He states that considerable wreckage from the Santa Rosa has gone ashore on San Miguel, which is about 50 miles distant from Honda, where the steamer went ashore, and almost directly south. The same currents that carried this wreckage, also undoubtedly carried the bodies of the four sailors known to have drowned at Honda, and how many others will never be known. These bodies may have found a resting place hundreds of miles from the California coast.”


October 13, 1911 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short, of the Charm, returning yesterday from San Miguel Island, reports that he will be able to save much from the wreck of the Comet. He made a thorough survey of the vessel as she rests on a reef a short distance from the island, and commenced the dismantling of the ship. He has secured enough of the rigging to pay the expenses of the whole venture, and is confident that much of the lumber will be safely secured. By rigging a line from the schooner’s deck to the shore, they are able to go to and from the vessel in a bos’n chair, without encountering the danger of the heavy sea that is almost always running at this exposed point. Captain Short will return to the scene today.”


October 20, 1911 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short, returning yesterday from San Miguel Island, reports good progress in the work of wrecking the stranded lumber schooner Comet. The action of the waves is carrying the Comet nearer shore every day, she having covered a distance of about fifty feet during the past week. At this rate, the boat will be high and dry on the shore before the end of winter, if she holds together that long, which now seems probable. The wreckers are now engaged in securing a full set of new sails from the hold. There is also much rigging that has already been taken out of the ship, and Captain Short is thinking of setting up a ship’s chandler’s shop with the stores taken from the Comet. No effort has yet been made to move the cargo, which still remains practically intact in the hold, the deck cargo having gone over the side during the first few days following the wreck; but even a large portion of this can be gathered up along the beach. Homeward bound, Captain Short stopped at various crawfish camps and brought about 2000 pounds of these lobsters to Santa Barbara. Call either phone, 481, Larco & Co., for these delicious lobsters.”


December 7, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Waters, owner of San Miguel Island, will leave tomorrow for Los Angeles. He will make a trip next week to San Miguel to see what is being done with the wreck of the Comet from which he and Captain Short are securing the lumber. Captain Waters says that so far they have been greatly hindered in their work on the wreck by rough weather, which has prevailed since the wrecking began. Better weather is expected during the winter, when the southwesterly winds calm the water on the northwest corner of the island, where the Comet was wrecked.”


December 11, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Short left this morning on the Charm to continue his work of wrecking the lumber schooner Comet on the northwest corner of San Miguel Island. Short, who planned his work under the belief that he could sink heavy anchors where the Comet is lying, has found that this is impossible on account of the hard clay bottom there. He is undecided as to what method he will use now, but thinks he may blast the bottom for an anchor hold. During the greater part of the time Short has been at work the weather has been most unfavorable toward him. He hopes the southeast winds that prevail in the winter will smooth the water about the wreck.”


December 14, 1911 [SBI]: “Captain Short arrived here last night in the Charm from San Miguel Island. He reports that as yet he has been unable to get an anchor hold in the hard clay that lies under the water where the lumber schooner Comet grounded. Captain Short expects to leave for the island again tomorrow morning. He will take with him Captain Waters, the owner of the island.”


January 3, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short left Tuesday morning in his launch Charm to continue to work on wrecking the lumber schooner, Comet.”


January 6, 1912 [SBI]: “Wrecked schooner is mine of salvage. Captain Short, master of the launch Charm, stands to make a good thing out of the wreck of the lumber schooner Comet which went aground and was lost several months ago on the coast of San Miguel Island. He and Captain Waters bought the stranded ship at a bargain and will manage to save nearly all of the cargo of lumber, as well as the ropes, rigging, sails and whatever else is of value. The Comet was loaded with about 500,000 feet of lumber, and of this from 300,000 to 400,000 feet has been practically recovered, together with $1,500 bundles of laths. The prospect is good for saving the remainder of the lumber cargo. An offer of $1,700 has been made for the donkey engine aboard the wreck, where it is now in constant use in handling cargo. Santa Barbara lumberyards will take the whole cargo of lumber recovered and it probably will be rafted across the channel in lots of 50,000 to 75,000 feet. Finally the wreck will be demolished to save several tons of copper sheathing timbers, and other valuable salvage.”


January 7, 1912 [LAT]: “Through surf upon a raft the first lumber from Comet’s wreck is hauled in. Odd contrivance rigged to save the cargo. Over rows of rocks, which stand like formidable teeth blocking the pathway to the wrecked schooner Comet of San Francisco, on the north side of San Miguel Island, the first raft of lumber was hauled through the breakers yesterday. Immediately the raft was unhooked from the ‘endless rope’ and made fast to the side of the steamer Cornell a joyful shout came from those on the beach who had witnesses the successful venture. Nearly two months have been spent in preparation to unload the cargo. Having bought the ship and cargo for $250, the present owners are now in line for realizing the profits of their speculation. Five hundred thousand feet of lumber still remain intact and will be handled by the wrecking crew. The Comet was built for the Hooper Lumber Company in 1889 at a cost of $25,000. At the time of the disaster in the Santa Barbara channel the vessel was carrying lumber valued at $35,000. Most of the rigging, sails and equipment have been recovered. Three hundred and ninety dollars, which was aboard the abandoned vessel on the night of August 29 last, remains undiscovered. The body of the sailor [Hans Mailborn] who tried to swim out to the wreck on October [September] 3 has never been found. All records, including the logbook, were washed away. Probably his name will never be learned… ’It may take us a year to unload the entire cargo and remove everything,’ said Captain Short of Santa Barbara, one of the owners of the wreck, ‘but we think it can be done. We have a market for the lumber at $18 per thousand feet… Undoubtedly the vessel struck Wilson’s Rock and not Richardson’s Rock as was first reported’…”


January 20, 1912 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short, arriving from San Miguel Island on his powerboat Charm, reports that Japanese fishermen camped on the island have told of recently finding the body of a white man on the extreme end of San Miguel. While not identified, it is supposed to have been that of the mate of the lumber schooner Comet, wrecked off San Miguel last fall... The Japanese dug a grave and buried the man, marking the place. Captain Short verified the story by going to see the freshly formed mound.”


January 22, 1912 [SFCall]: “Body believed that of ‘’Santa Rosa’’ seaman. Japanese fishermen give dead man decent burial. Santa Barbara, Jan. 21. Returning last night from San Miguel Island, Captain Henry Short brought the news that Japanese fishermen a few days ago found the body of a white man and had given it a decent burial. On the clothing were found the initials ‘S. R.’, and it is believed that the body was that of one of the seamen who lost his life when the steamer ‘’Santa Rosa’’ was wrecked near here last July.”


February 24, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short, who is now at the Cottage Hospital, was reported this afternoon to be doing exceptionally well. It is thought that he will be able to be out of the hospital in a week, or at least ten days. Short’s right hand and leg were rushed by a falling rock while he was working on the wreck of the Comet on San Miguel Island. He was brought to the mainland by Captain Cornell.”


February 27, 1912 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara. Captain Henry Short of the powerboat Charm is in a local hospital suffering from severe cuts and bruises received from an unusual and dangerous accident at Anacapa [San Miguel] Island a few days ago. Captain Short recently purchased the remains of the steamer Comet, which went on the rocks near the island, and was stretching a line from some of the wreckage to a high point on the island when the earth gave away and he was precipitated as distance of fifty feet into the water. In falling he unloosened a huge boulder which tumbled after him and struck him on the head. Had it not been for timely assistance it is declared that the captain never could have reached shore. He was brought to this city by a friendly boatman.”


April 14, 1912 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Charm, Captain Short, will leave here today for San Miguel Island to resume transportation of lumber rafts from the wrecked schooner Comet to this port...”


April 14, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short left Sunday in his launch, Charm, for San Miguel Island, where he, in company with Captain Cornell, will continue the work of recovering lumber from the hull of the Comet.”


June 1, 1912: [SBI]: “Captain Short expects to leave for San Pedro Sunday in his launch Charm. The captain with his boat has been at San Miguel Island many months working on the wreck of the Comet with the result that the Charm is not only shabby, but covered on the bottom with a small marine garden. While in San Pedro the Charm will be thoroughly overhauled, scraped, painted and put in trim.”


June 5, 1912: [SBI]: “Captain Short left in his launch Charm Tuesday afternoon for San Pedro. He will put his boat in drydock when he reaches there and have her entirely overhauled. The bottom will be scraped of the growth that has formed since the launch has been working on the wreck of the Comet. The engine will be overhauled and the entire woodwork painted.”


June 14, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short returned Thursday from San Pedro to his launch, the Charm. The captain has had his boat in the San Pedro docks for ten days or more and it is now completely overhauled inside and out, scraped, painted and in trim.”


June 17, 1912 [SBI]: “Captain Short and Captain Cornell left Sunday afternoon in their launches for San Miguel Island where they will continue to recover lumber from the wreck of the schooner Comet. There remains about 40,000 feet of good lumber to be saved.”


June 27, 1912 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short has returned from San Miguel Island with his launch Charm, and will discontinue for the present the work of transporting lumber from the wrecked Comet to this port, having a number of summer engagements for vacation trips to the islands.”


July 14, 1912 [SBMP]: “A party of 15 young men from Los Angeles, mostly attaches of the First National Bank of that city, will leave here on Monday on the Charm, Captain Short, to go to Fry’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for a two or three weeks’ camp. Last evening the Charm left for the islands with a party of local people who will return this evening.”


July 28, 1912 [SBMP]: “The Los Angeles bankers who have been camping on Santa Cruz Island, returned here yesterday, and departed for their southern homes. They have been at Santa Cruz two weeks. The Charm, Captain Henry Short, took them across the channel, and during their last week in camp, the Vamoose, Captain G. W. Gourley, was continually at their service, taking them on cruises about the island.”


July 30, 1912 [SBMP]: “A school of anchovies so numerous and densely packed that they crowded each other out of the water was the rather unusual sight witnessed by a party of Santa Barbarans who spent Sunday fishing in the waters about Santa Cruz Island. The party was composed mostly of the young men employed by the Hunt Mercantile Company. They made the trip over to the island Saturday night in the Charm, Captain Short, and spent the night in Orizaba Harbor.”


August 13, 1912 [SBMP]: “Island party safely returns as relatives become alarmed. Disabled engine causes Charm to wait at Valdez for a tow… Knowing that something was wrong, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, accompanied by Nathan Bents and C. A. Edwards and others left for the island yesterday on the Gussie M. They arrived at Cueva Valdez at 3 o’clock, a short time before a rowboat arrived from Fry’s Harbor with provisions. At the time, the party did not know, but another night would have to be passed at Valdez with the Charm in tow. The Gussie M started for the mainland at 4 o’clock arriving here at 10:00 o’clock. Some of the passengers had been transferred to the Gussie M, but upon arriving here were landed by rowboat… Captain Short had provided a large supply of French bread, but when the delicacies were run out of yesterday, the stranded passengers gathered mussels and a fine chowder was prepared. That was the last meal on the island. When it appeared probably in the afternoon that another night would be passed on the island, Raymond Short, Captain Short’s son, and Clarence McDansions went to Fry’s Harbor for provisions, but returned when the Gussie M appeared…”


August 14, 1912 [SBMP]: “Worrying because they knew others were worrying about them somewhat spoiled a Robinson Crusoe-like experience of twenty-four persons who were compelled to pass an extra twenty-four hours on Santa Cruz Island as a result of a cog wheel breaking on the engine of the launch Charm… Knowing something had gone wrong, Captain Rosaline Vasquez, accompanied by Nathan Bentz and C. A. Edwards and others left for the islands yesterday noon on the Gussie M. They arrived at Cueva Valdez at 3 o’clock, a short time before a row boat arrived from Fry’s Harbor with provisions… With the Charm in tow, the Gussie M started for the mainland at 4 o’clock, arriving here at 10 o’clock… Captain Short had provided a large supply of French bread, but when delicacies were run out of yesterday, the stranded passengers gathered mussels and a fine chowder was prepared…”


August 25, 1912 [SBMP]: “Herding anchovies with a rowboat new pastime at Santa Cruz Island. The fish story season is just getting a fair start, if one may be pardoned on the strength of a yarn that came all the way from Cueva Valdez, Santa Cruz Island yesterday, in charge of Captain Short of the launch Charm. The charter left a party of Carpinterians and Ventura people camping at Valdez, having taken them from Ventura early last week. Captain Short reports that a vast school of anchovies appeared off the Valdez coast, and he and one of the campers put off in a skiff to round them up. They succeeded in stampeding the little fish to the beach, the breakers carrying them to the sand where they piled several inches high, and for a 500-yard stretch. ‘There were bushels of ‘em,’ says Captain Short. ‘We gathered all we could take care of, but it would have required a whole cannery to handle the whole catch.’”


August 31, 1912 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, returned yesterday from an excursion to the islands with a party of Carpinterians and Ventura people. Following a delightful camp on Santa Cruz Island, there was a cruise to San Miguel and Santa Rosa islands, and as far west as Richardson’s Rock.”


October 17, 1912 [SBMP]: “With West Thompson and a party of craw fishermen, the launch Charm, Captain Short, will leave today for Santa Cruz and San Miguel islands. Short will bring back the rigging of the wrecked lumber schooner Comet, which went ashore on San Miguel Island two years ago. Thompson will establish a camp at one of the islands.”


October 22, 1912 [SBI]: “Another attempt to recover the lumber stored aboard the schooner Comet, wrecked on San Miguel Island, is to be made by Captain Cornell. Captain Waters, owner of San Miguel Island, who returned here late Monday, said that the hull of the wreck was still in good condition and the lumber safe aboard. About six months ago Captain Short and Cornell brought to this port several large rafts of lumber from the wrecked schooner. Their attempt to recover the cargo was beset with many difficulties. Unfavorable weather kept their crews on the islands for weeks when no work could be done. Attempts to plant buoys near the vessel from which to string cables proved futile because the sea bottom near the wreck is too solid to drive anchors in. In this second attempt on the old wreck Captain Cornell has in partnership with him a lumber merchant from the south. It is understood that the two men mean to begin work immediately. They will attempt to raft the lumber to this port as was done before. Captain Waters in reporting the conditions on his island said that the weather was excellent and the sheep, of which there are thousands, are in fine condition.”


November 8, 1912 [SBI]: “A raft of lumber from the wreck of the schooner Comet on San Miguel Island is expected in port next week. Captain Cornell, who is making this second attempt to secure the valuable lumber, still safe in the unbroken hull of the Comet which was wrecked over a year ago near San Miguel Island, has had a camp established near the boat for several weeks. A year ago Captains Cornell and Short attempted to secure the lumber, but for a long time in their work by rough weather and unforeseen obstacles. Several large rafts of planks and heavy lumber were secured from the wreck however, and landed here. The work dropped soon after the second or third raft was towed to this wharf.”


November 13, 1912 [SBMP]: Captain Henry S. Short has sold his salvaging interest in the wrecked schooner Comet to Captain Cornell and a Los Angeles lumber man who will undertake to bring the balance of the cargo which is now ashore at San Miguel Island, to this city in rafts.”


December 27, 1912 [SBI]: “Wrecking the Comet cargo. Captain Short having hard time in getting lumber ashore. Anchorage is so poor that it is difficult to get holding. Captain Short returned from San Miguel Island Tuesday afternoon in his launch, the Charm. Captain Short is working on the northwest corner of the island trying to regain the lumber cargo of the schooner Comet that was wrecked there several months ago. He has already recovered much of the machinery and fittings of the vessel, but has left the two donkey engines aboard to help him with the work of unloading. Captain Short said he had met with great difficulty in getting his anchors to hold in the hard clay bottom around the boat. He intends to use these anchors as stays for the endless cable with which he will haul the lumber ashore. If this plan is successful he will float the lumber to Santa Barbara in rafts.”


February 14, 1913 [SBDN]: “Henry Short returned Thursday from a visit to Los Angeles and the beach resorts along the southern coast. Short has been owner and captain of the launch Charm for several years and took special interest in the boating business in the south.”


March 1, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain Henry Short, was loading supplies yesterday for San Miguel Island where sheep operations will begin soon.”


April 27, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will leave today for Santa Cruz Island with a party of local people who will spend Sunday in cruising about the channel.”


May 4, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will leave early this morning for Santa Cruz Island with a party of excursionists, including some of the Edison Company employees.”


May 13, 1913 [SBMP]: “Because of rough weather, the Charm did not return from Santa Cruz Island Sunday evening, and the pleasure party that left in the morning passed the night on the beach about a huge bonfire. The trip over was made in fairly good condition and a tour of the island was made, the return delayed until 5 o’clock, but by that time a wind sprang up, making the water very rough on the island side of the channel. Captain Short decided it would be safer to wait until morning. The non-arrival of the boat caused considerable apprehension among friends, and early yesterday morning police received many anxious inquiries. The Charm arrived about 10 o’clock in the morning.”


May 18, 1913 [SBMP]: “The Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will leave early today for Santa Cruz with a party including a number of employees of the electric light company.”


May 20, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Short took a jolly party of Santa Barbara people to the islands on Sunday for a few days’ outing and fishing trip. Those who enjoyed this pleasure were Mrs. Barr, Miss Pansey Barr, Mrs. Johnson, Miss Ellen Graves, Charles Smith, Harry McMitchell, Orrin Deed and Frank Emmons. The trip was so thoroughly successful that they expect to repeat it very soon.”


June 13, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captains Henry Short and Ira Eaton, owners of the power launches Charm and Gussie M, respectively, have just concluded arrangements for a consolidation of their interests for the island excursion business during the summer and fall, and expect to do a lively business in carrying ocean pleasure seekers to the different island harbors… The first excursion under this arrangement will occur next Sunday, when both the boats named will go to Pelican Bay for a grand dedication of the new island camp.”


June 13, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captains Henry Short and Ira Eaton are about to establish a new camp at Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, for the summer months. Tents, meals and other necessities of camp life will be provided. Pleasure seekers will be conveyed to the island in the two launches, the Charm and the Gussie M. Captain Vasquez some time ago established a camp hotel at Fry’s Harbor, and has been taking parties over to the island regularly on the launch, Otter.”


June 16, 1913 [SBDN]: “The island camp at Pelican Bay recently established by Captains Short and Eaton was given a rousing opening yesterday by a party of something over fifty men, who went to the island in the Charm and Gussie M. A fine dinner was served, and the excursionists passed the day at fishing, mussel gathering, bathing and exploring the hills and canyons of this beautiful island resort.”


June 23, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Henry S. Short went to San Pedro today with his powerboat, the Charm, which is to be given a thorough overhauling. Her bottom will be scraped and copper-painted and her machinery put into perfect order. The hull will be repainted all over and other improvements will aid to put the craft in the best possible condition.”


June 24, 1913 [SBMP]: “…The fifty-two passengers who made the trip on the Gussie M were joined at Pelican Bay by forty more who went over with Captain Short on the Charm. A chicken dinner and fish chowder was prepared by Mrs. Eaton and was much enjoyed. Many enjoyed a jaunt over the hills…”


June 30, 1913 [SBDN]: “The gasoline launch Charm has just been brought back from San Pedro by Captain Short, where it was taken for a thorough overhauling. The boat was repainted, new rigging put in and the engine overhauled and cleaned, so that the boat is now in excellent condition. It made its first voyage upon its return Sunday to the islands.”


July 4, 1913 [OC]: “…Excursions to the islands are becoming so popular that local launch owners are having a hard time to accommodate the demand. Yesterday Captains Eaton and Short took over a party of about 40 in the two launches Gussie M, and Charm, while Captain Vasquez took over a large party in the Otter …A glass-bottom boat from which visitors may view the wonderful marine gardens at Santa Cruz Island will be installed this week and be operated by Short and Eaton…”


July 11, 1913 [SBMP]: “Miss Isabel Pierce and Thomas Del Valle of island camping party drown when boat capsizes. Sobered by the first marine tragedy in many years, Santa Barbara talked of little else than the drowning on Friday of Miss Isabel Pierce, 16, daughter of A.M. Pierce, 1629 Garden Street, and of Thomas Del Valle, 19, son of Henry Del Valle, 25 East Ortega Street, who perished after a long struggle in the channel waters on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island Friday morning… Captain Henry Short returned from the island yesterday afternoon with those of the party who remained in camp at Quava Valdez, after Rosaline Vasquez left for the mainland Saturday night with Del Valle’s body and the first news of the tragedy…”


July 26, 1913 [SBMP]: “Crossing channel in 54 minutes, record made by Miller’s speedy motor craft. Wonderful performance of racer Whatahell from Pelican Bay to this city. Earl Miller’s racing boat Whatahell broke all trans-channel records yesterday when it crossed from Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, to Santa Barbara in 54 minutes… A young man named Cunningham was the only person aboard, and he had a thrilling trip… The Millers broke camp yesterday, other members of the party reaching the city later in the day on the Charm, Captain H. S. Short. The best previous record, 58 minutes, is held by the United States torpedo boat Perry.”


August 22, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain Henry Short, with Charles Davis, who recently exposed the slaughter of seals on the Channel Islands, and S. E. Lewis, wharfinger at the Stearn’s company dock, will leave this week for a cruise of indefinite length about the channel.”


August 30, 1913 [LAT]: “Sea Elephant species is all but wiped out. Charles E. Davis, naturalist and soldier of fortune, returned yesterday from Guadalupe, a large island off the coast of Mexico, bringing with him a story of the slaughter of practically all of the sea elephants this side of Mars. Guadalupe, otherwise uninhabited, is the stamping ground of these pachyderms of the sea; the only place in the world, in fact, where they are to be found, according to Davis. He says that upon a previous visit about six weeks ago 200 of the animals were there and that this time all but sixteen have been killed. He thinks their hides have been smuggled into the United States, and laid his charge and evidence before Collector of Customs Pendleton yesterday afternoon for an investigation. The sea elephant is a very rare animal, a sort of a connecting link between the days of mermaids and the beginning of evolution, and Davis declares that the killing of so many means the practical extermination of the species. In his opinion the reports of his previous trips to the island induced hunters to visit the place immediately to realize commercially upon the hides. Museums all over the country he says, will pay good prices for them. The sea elephant is docile and no trouble is experienced in getting close enough to photograph whole families of them, and a family takes up some considerable room and runs into weight alarmingly, for each grown specimen weighs from four to seven tons. Davis says they are supposedly protected by the laws of Mexico, to which country the island belongs. The sea elephant is reputed to be among our oldest inhabitants, often living 400 years [?], which makes his violent and sudden taking-off particularly pathetic. Eons ago he was "at home" all along the Pacific Coast as far north as the Arctic Circle. He is not carnivorous nor "fish-destroying," and the few in captivity like peanuts. In the party with Davis making the 300-mile journey down the coast in a gasoline launch were "Si" Lewis, Capt. Henry Short, Raymond Short of Santa Barbara, Peter Gordon and Henry Vallejo of Los Angeles, Edward Gaylor of Santa Monica, and Stanley H. Clawson of Salt Lake City, all of whom, Davis says, will corroborate his findings. He charges further that the hides have been illegally brought into the States through the ports of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and that there are some, even now, at the latter place awaiting disposition.”


September 11, 1913 [SBMP]: The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, left yesterday from Pelican Bay to take Commodore Mitchell’s party on a cruise around Santa Cruz Island. Mitchell is the owner of the yacht Yankee Girl, of Long Beach, the Yankee Girl being one of several pleasure boats now at Pelican Bay. Mrs. C. H. Gardner and a party of friends were passengers on the Charm, expecting to spend a day or two at the Eaton camp.”


September 16, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short and Miss Lillian Powell Jones were married Sunday afternoon in the presence of a few friends at Grace Lutheran church. The ceremony was performed by Rev. G. P. Goll, and the special music for the occasion was provided by Mrs. Walter N. Grant. Captain Short has for many years been connected with waterfront activities, as the owner of the Charm and other vessels. Miss Jones was affiliated with the visiting nurses’ association. Immediately following the wedding Captain and Mrs. Short left for the islands on the Charm and there their honeymoon will be spent. The following were present at the wedding: Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Bell, Dr. Laura Fitch Mansfield, Mr. and Mrs. Mason MacKinstry, the Misses McCollum, Mary Louise Cole, Lillian Gaddis, Etta Smith, Dorothy Myers, Margaret Short and Raymond Short.”


September 18, 1913 [LAT]: “Captain Henry S. Short, a well-known local mariner, and his bride are spending their honeymoon on a cruise of the Channel Islands. They were married last Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church, and left the same day on Captain Short’s boat, the Charm, for the islands. They expect to be away two weeks before returning here to make their home.”


September 20, 1913 [LAT]: “Captain Henry S. Short, master and owner of the launch Charm, and his bride were yesterday bemoaning the fact that the government had seized the boat at San Pedro, appropriating not only the ‘tackle and appurtenances’ of the craft, but the wedding trousseau as well. But after an interview with Assistant United States District Attorney Stone, an order was issued to Examiner Neville authorizing him to release the clothing of the bride and groom, but hold fast to the vessel. Mrs. Short thought it a shame that her wedding garments should be seized, and was of the opinion that the honeymoon would have to be cut short if they had not been successful. But in spite of the situation both Short and his wife made the best of it, except that both alleged that the action of the customs officer was not warranted under the circumstances. Mrs. Short, before her marriage to the gallant captain, was a nurse in the Cottage Hospital at Santa Barbara, where she is well known. Captain Short has resided in Santa Barbara for years, and has an excellent reputation. They were married in Santa Barbara last Sunday and were on their bridal trip down the coast. When the Charm was captured at the dock at San Pedro, charged with violation of the navigation laws. The officers took the boat and everything aboard, including, of course, the wedding garments of Short and his bride. About two months ago the Charm , with Captain Short and a party of friends sailed from Santa Barbara to Guadalupe Island. After the wedding Short and his wife thought it would be a nice honeymoon trip to make another voyage south. They pulled out of the harbor at Santa Barbara last Monday morning, taking their time down the coast, and reaching San Pedro Thursday evening. The charge against Short and the boat is that when the first voyage was made to Guadalupe Short failed to give up the enrollment and license of the vessel to the Collector of the Port at Santa Barbara before going into foreign waters, which he must do according to the provisions of the navigation laws. Short claims that he did surrender the enrollment and has the receipt for the same, but this is denied by the customs officials. Under the law, the vessel and all on board are liable to seizure and forfeiture. Captain Short called at the office of the District Attorney yesterday afternoon and explained the situation. They did not care so much for the immediate possession of the boat, but they did want the wedding garments, as the wife had nothing of her trousseau but what she had on. The law was looked up, and Stone held that there was nothing in it that would warrant the holding of the personal belongings of the pair. Mrs. Short was happy as a bird when she was assured of possession of her good clothes, but said that it would never do for their friends in Santa Barbara to learn of their predicament. The couple promptly repaired to the customs warehouse, where the order was presented, and the honeymoon clothes secured.”


September 21, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short and his bride, who was Miss Lillian P. Jones, had their pictures in the Los Angeles Times of yesterday because their honeymoon ship, the Charm, was seized by the customs authorities for alleged violation of the navigation laws at the time of Captain Short’s recent cruise to Guadalupe Island off the Mexican coast. It is said that Captain Short failed to relinquish his license and enrollment when his boat cleared for foreign parts. As the clearance on his departure and the entry on his return were effected at San Pedro, and customs officers had full knowledge of his movements, it is not expected that there will be any serious consequences…”


September 24, 1913 [SBMP]:Charm released. Short absolved from all blame. According to recent reports from the south, Captain Henry S. Short has been absolved in the case growing out of the recent trip to Guadalupe Island. Captain Short was recently married and started south in the Charm on his honeymoon. Arriving at San Pedro customs officials seized the boat, the contention being the law had not been complied with. Mrs. Short yesterday informed local friends that nothing had come of the case and that it had been dropped. The Charm has been tied up at the Santa Fe dock while Captain and Mrs. Short are enjoying the southland. They are preparing for another trip to Guadalupe Island in search of live specimens of sea elephants to be exhibited at Venice. Charles E. Davis will accompany them…”


September 25, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry Short’s trouble with the customs authorities at Los Angeles caused even more inconvenience for Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gidney who were camping at Lady’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, and depending upon Captain Short to call for them Wednesday of last week. The Charm was held at San Pedro until yesterday, and although Captain Short asked another boatman to go for the Gidneys, some misunderstanding occurred to upset the plan. During the succeeding days, Mr. and Mrs. Gidney eagerly watched the horizon, with a Swiss Family Robinson anxiety, hoping to see a sail or to hear the chug of a motorboat. As time passed, their supply of provisions grew less and less, and the necessity of starting off overland to the island ranch house, fifteen or twenty miles away across precipitous ranges, was confronting them, when, Monday a fishing launch appeared, and they were given passage to this city. They were the only campers in that part of the island. Mr. Gidney is located at Bakersfield, and was delayed in his return there several days. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Gidney of this city.”


September 25, 1913 [SBDN]: “Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gidney were marooned on Santa Cruz Island several days owing to the legal entanglement of Captain Henry Short with customs officials at Los Angeles. Short was to bring the Gidneys to the mainland last Wednesday. The couple on the island watched and waited, their provisions getting lower every day. Finally they were rescued from their unpleasant plight by a fishing smack. Gidney is a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Gidney of this city. He is located at Bakersfield.”


October 24, 1913 [SBMP]: “Charm sails free of legal squall. Captain Henry Short’s launch, the Charm, was yesterday released from custody on an order issued by Assistant United States District Attorney Stone. The boat had been tied up for more than a month at San Pedro. The charge was violation of the navigation laws requiring owners of vessels to deposit their certificates of sailing upon departure for foreign waters. Captain Short got mixed up with the law while on his honeymoon. He left Santa Barbara a month ago and the boat was seized in connection with a former voyage into Mexican waters. When the Collector of Customs libeled the vessel, all of the bridal trousseau was aboard and appropriated by officers. Later personal belongings were permitted to be taken from the boat, but the Charm has since been tied up.”


November 1, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, after having been tied at San Pedro by the customs authorities, is expected to arrive here today. The boat was released a week ago, but Captain Short was finally exonerated of all blame for a purely technical offense. An island party has been arranged for the Charm Sunday.”


November 8, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain Henry Short, will take a party of Normal students to Santa Cruz Island today. Another party has engaged the launch for Sunday, and on Monday the Charm will go to San Miguel with supplies for the Water’s ranch.”


November 8, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Short in the Charm left this morning for Santa Cruz Island with a party of friends for a day’s outing and fishing.”


November 14, 1913 [SBMP]:Charm gets in from San Miguel. In the face of the southeast blow, nearly all of the launches of the fishing and pleasure fleets crossed the channel for shelter from the storm. Few of them had returned by yesterday. The Charm, Captain H. S. Short, came in last evening from San Miguel Island, reporting a rough passage.”


November 14, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will sail today for San Miguel Island.”


November 15, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, will sail today for San Miguel Island.”


November 17, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain Short arrived from Santa Cruz Island this afternoon on the Charm, bringing a cargo of abalone shells.”


November 26, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Henry S. Short, returning yesterday from San Miguel and Santa Rosa islands, reported a heavy rainfall on the south side of the channel. In fact, the rain followed the Charm the greater part of the way on the trip to Santa Barbara. Captain Short had as a passenger from Santa Rosa Island, Frank Pepper, the superintendent of the island. Mr. Pepper is reported to be here on a very pleasant mission.”


December 5, 1913 [SBMP]: “The launch Charm, Captain H. S. Short, arrived yesterday from the islands having been delayed a day or two by rough weather. With the Santa Cruz Island Company’s schooner still stranded at Rincon, the Charm is serving as a carrier for business to the islands and the mainland. Yesterday the launch brought a small cargo of livestock and wine.”


December 6, 1913 [SBDN]: “Thieves stole a cask of wine from the Charm yesterday, planning to dispose of it by the cover of darkness last night, but Captain Short, in whose charge the cask had been shipped from the island to a local consignee, found the cask buried in the sand of the beach. For months, petty thieving has been steadily pursued along the water front, despite all efforts to apprehend the thieves.”


December 16, 1913 [SBMP]: “Popular high school boy, son of Captain H. S. Short, victim of pneumonia. The death of Raymond Wilson Short, son of Captain Henry S. Short, and a member of the junior class of the high school comes as an unexpected blow to his family and to his many young friends. The lad was 19 years of age, an unusually bright boy, and likable. During vacations he was with his father constantly on their boat, the Charm. It was at the islands about two weeks ago that the trouble which ended yesterday in his death, began. He injured one of his feet, and blood poisoning set in a few days later. An attack of pneumonia found him in such a weakened condition that he was not able to rally. He passed away at 4 o’clock yesterday morning at the family home on Anacapa Street. His sister Margaret, and their stepmother were with him… The launch Gussie M, Captain Ira Eaton, started early yesterday morning to carry the sad intelligence to the bereaved father. At a late hour last night, neither the Gussie M nor the Charm had reached port. Funeral arrangements are awaiting the arrival of Captain Short. The young man was born in Santa Barbara, and had spent his life in this city. His mother died about six years ago.”


April 27, 1924 [Fresno Morning Republican]: “Porterville woman, 50, dies. Funeral Monday. Porterville, April 26. Mrs. Lillian Short, wife of Henry Short, passed away this morning at her home, 416 South G. St. The Shorts came here about three years ago from San Francisco. The deceased who was aged 50, leaves only the husband. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at St. John's Episcopal church, with burial in the Home of Peace Cemetery.”