Sampan

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Sampan (#) (1908-1917+), 25-foot boat built by Captain Ira Eaton after his loss of Irene. He used her for fishing while he and his wife were living at Willows in 1908-1909. [Eaton 1980: 34]. Sampan was later owned by Santa Cruz Island fisherman, Scotty Cunningham.



In the News~

June 6, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton has returned from Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, where he went Monday morning on the Gussie M to complete arrangements for his summer camp... Captain Ira Eaton now has two powerboats in commission, the Gussie M and the Sampan, and will soon have a third, the Frances, which is now being overhauled. Captain James Palmer, who came here from San Pedro, will assist in the transportation department. Captain Palmer has hauled many crafts all over the world. Aside from the camp, Captain Ira Eaton will be busy securing seals for Captain George M. McGuire. Eaton now has orders for many seals, including several of the monster Steller species, very difficult to capture and dangerous to approach. He will leave on a sealing cruise in a few days.”


July 5, 1913 [SBDN]: Captain Eaton’s powerboat, the Gussie M, is kept on the move day and night, during these holiday times, in carrying passengers to and from the camp at Pelican Bay. There are two parties there now, numbering about fifty people in all, who will return to the mainland tomorrow, and another party will leave tomorrow morning. Eaton’s other powerboat, the Sampan, has been pressed into the passenger service for the rush season, filling out its time on the island shore in taking out fishing parties and carrying the patrons of the camp on little side trips for a view of the interesting points of coastline scenery.”


March 3, 1914 [SBMP]: “A party of a dozen men, intent on the royal sport of boar hunting, went to Santa Cruz Island on the Sampan with Captain Scotty Cunningham last Saturday night, expecting to return home the following evening. When midnight came with no tidings from the valiant nimrods, their wives and children and certain others became very anxious over their fate, and when a new day dawned with no sign of their return, visions of all sorts of disaster from shipwreck to death from boar tusks, arose among the half-frenzied watchers. At 10 o’clock A.M. yesterday, Captain Vasquez was dispatched in the Otter to search the waters of Old Ocean for the missing huntsmen. He had not far to look, for he ran into them at a point eight miles from the Santa Barbara shore. All was well with the hunters, and their only reason for not returning to the mainland on their original schedule was the fact that they had too much sense to set out in a small boat in water so rough that it would inevitably have swamped their little craft.”


August 12, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain ‘Scotty’ Cunningham came over from Pelican Bay in his powerboat, the Sampan, yesterday morning, bringing over a few campers who have been reveling in the delights of island life for some time past, and reporting well and happy all who are now encamped at the bay…”


December 31, 1914 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson and Scotty Cunningham of the powerboats Flyer and Sampan, respectively, are in from their fishing camps on Santa Cruz Island, to spend a the New Year holiday. They brought in very small quantities of fish and a very few crawfish. They report the fishing camps about all deserted, the fishermen having gone to their homes for the holidays.”


January 21, 1915 [SBMP]: “Charles Hanson same in from the islands yesterday for supplies for his craw fishing camp. He and Scotty Cunningham, who operate the powerboats Flyer and Sampan respectively, are working together, and are changing their camp from the bleak shore of Anacapa Island to Valdez Harbor.”


July 9, 1915 [SBMP]: “Scotty Cunningham returned to Pelican Bay in his powerboat, the Sampan, last night, after spending his Fourth of July holiday on the mainland. He and his neat little craft took an active part in the marine pageant last Monday night, carrying in the parade the brilliantly illuminated device of the Manhattan Club.”


January 6, 1917 [SBDN]: “Carl Carrillo, the 16-yer-old Compton boy who inherits one-forth of thr $7,000,000 DeBaker estate when he reaches his majority, is still a sailor lad. He is the third helper aboard the schooner Santa Cruz, which plies between Santa Barbara and the island. After spending the holidays in Los Angeles and Bakersfield with his mother in what constituted their first meeting in eighteen months, Carl again answered the lure of the sea and reentered the service of the Caire family at a monthly wage of $25 and board… Carrillo left home of his own initiative and is thought to have come here but a few days after he left Compton… For the first few months he lived with William Jennings, an acquaintance of the Carrillo family, and earned his spending money by doing off jobs. Then last summer he succumbed to the lure of Santa Cruz Island and accepted the hard job of helper aboard the Sampan, a fishing boat run by Scotty Cunningham. Carl remained on this boat until the latter part of October when a disagreement with Mr. Cunningham caused him to apply for service with the Santa Cruz Island Company. He has been working steadily for that corporation with the exception of the holiday period…”