Santa Barbara (schooner)

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Santa Barbara (#116418)
Photo courtesy of Llew Goodfield.

Courtesy of Llew Goodfield

Santa Barbara (#116418) (1891-?) 36-foot wood-hulled commercial schooner built in San Francisco for E. F. Rogers of Santa Barbara. Her home port was listed as Wilmington, California. By 1898 there are no further records of her at the Channel Islands. She worked off Baja California, Mexico. What became of her is unknown.



In the News~

July 9, 1891 [SBMP]: “The Santa Barbara sailed for San Miguel Island with Captain Ellis and Herbert Rogers.”


July 18, 1891 [SBMP]: “The Santa Barbara Fishing Company’s schooner, Santa Barbara, Captain Ellis, unloaded ten tons of shells and abalones at the wharf yesterday afternoon and returned to the islands.”


July 21, 1891 [SBMP]: “The Santa Barbara has returned from the islands with eight tons of shells and abalones. She leaves today for a pleasure trip across the channel.”


August 5, 1891 [SBMP]: “The Santa Barbara, Captain Ellis, has arrived from the islands with 600 packages of skins and several barrels of oil.”


August 23, 1891 [SBMP]: “The yacht Santa Barbara has been chartered by Ventura parties for a three day’s trip to the islands next week.”


August 28, 1891 [SBMP]: “The yacht Santa Barbara left for Ventura yesterday afternoon. She will today take a party of Venturans to Anacapa Island.”


September 3, 1891 [SBMP]: “The steamer Santa Barbara arrived from the islands yesterday with a cargo of abalones.”


September 3, 1891 [SBMP]: “The steamer Santa Barbara returned to the islands yesterday for another cargo of shells.”


September 20, 1891 [SBMP]: “The yacht Santa Barbara sailed yesterday for Santa Cruz Island.”


September 26, 1891 [SBMP]: “Wrecked on Anacapa. A sloop from San Pedro cast away on the rocks. The schooner Santa Barbara, Captain Ellis, returned from Ventura via Anacapa Island on Thursday evening, bringing with her Captain Troop of the sloop Pearl of San Pedro which was wrecked on the island on Wednesday night, says the Santa Barbara Press. The Pearl left San Pedro for Anacapa Island to capture a few live seals, having on board Captain Troop, and a man and his wife whose names are not known, but who are supposed to be Austrians. The island was reached in safety, and on Wednesday night all hands were on shore. A heavy gale was blowing, and the Pearl got adrift, and was cast away on the rocks and totally destroyed. The party on the island were without provisions, and had to kill a sheep for food. They flew a flag of distress, which was seen by Captain Ellis, who was taking over a band of sealers from Ventura. The Austrian and his wife decided to remain on the island with the sealers from until they were taken back to Ventura, and Captain Troop ame on to Santa Barbara, where he still is. The Pearl was a sloop thirty-three feet long, and was owned by Captain Troop, and was the only property he owned. It was not insured, and the captain has lost all.”


September 30, 1891 [SBMP]: “The yacht Santa Barbara left for the islands yesterday.”


October 9, 1891 [LAT]: “A jewfish of large proportions and weighing 200 pounds was brought over from the islands by Captain Ellis of the schooner Santa Barbara this morning and shipped by him to Los Angeles. The fishing season is at its height apparently. Hundreds of mackerel are being caught daily.”


October 28, 1891 [LAT/SB]: “The new yacht Santa Barbara, Captain Ellis, arrived from Santa Catalina Island yesterday after a day’s cruise.”


November 4, 1891 [SBMP]: “Captain Ellis arrived in the steam yacht Santa Barbara early yesterday morning with 1000 pounds of fish which were shipped to the San Joaquin Valley by rail. He also brought over five jewfish which averaged about 250 pounds apiece.”


December 6, 1891 [LAT/SB]: The yacht Santa Barbara went to the islands yesterday.”


December 31, 1891 [LAT/SB]: “The yacht Santa Barbara has returned from San Diego. Herbert Rogers and Frank Thompson were with her on the trip.”


April 26, 1892 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Barbara leaves today for the islands to hunt for seals for eastern markets.”


April 28, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The little steam schooner Santa Barbara left yesterday morning for the islands, ostensibly to capture seals for eastern shipment.”


June 9, 1893 [LAH]: “San Diego, June 8—Much activity is being manifested in the canning of lobsters and fish and otherwise profiting from the fisheries along this coast. The schooner Santa Barbara is due from the peninsular coast with a cargo for Gilman & Co., and additions have been made to the cannery to increase the output. The schooner Jennie Griffin is due from San Francisco with Captain Mullett on board, bringing a load of machinery and boilers for a complete fish cannery here. The company was incorporated some weeks ago at San Francisco and is said to have plenty of money behind it. The Company intends to establish a cannery at Santa Barbara also. A single firm in Chicago has promised to take all the cannery here can furnish during the progress of the World's Fair.”


July 31, 1893 [SBDI]: “The sloop Santa Barbara, one of the safest and most comfortable boats in the harbor, will take out pleasure parties during the present week, under the management of Mr. Goss, an experienced and careful seaman. Leave orders at Booth & Packard’s hardware store.” [Ad run many times.]


August 10, 1893 [SBDI]: “The sloop Santa Barbara took a party of young men and ladies out on a pleasure trip in the channel last evening. There was an excellent breeze, the sea was very calm and a most enjoyable time was the result. The sloop is a staunch sea boat, built for safety and yet has a goodly speed and under the management of Mr. Goss will always give satisfaction to any party that embarks in it. By the way, Mr. Goss is a very careful, skillful and competent gentleman to sail with. When he takes a party out, he proposes to give them a good time — and does it. We recommend any one who desires a nice sail to interview Mr. Goss or leave orders at Booth & Packard’s.”


August 11, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “J. F. Dixon of the hardware firm Booth & Packard, is building a large row boat for the yacht Santa Barbara out of galvanized iron, with watertight compartments. Although quite large, two men can pick the boat up easily.”


August 12, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “E. E. Packard, I. F. Dickson and a party of campers left for the islands Thursday morning in the sloop Santa Barbara.”


May 23, 1896 [LAT/SD]: “The schooner Santa Barbara sailed for San Clemente Island on Thursday.”


July 23, 1896 [LAT/SCat]: “The Santa Barbara with a large crew of passengers on board has been lurking about the island for twenty-four hours, but last night put across the channel…”


September 6, 1896 [LAH]: San Pedro, Sept. 5—Yesterday morning Deputy Collector C. M. Bell received a telegram from Collector Gaffey to go to Long Beach and seize the power schooner Santa Barbara, which was lying off the wharf at anchor. In accordance with the telegram Mr. Bell, in company with his deputy, Terrence Cooney, went to Long Beach in the afternoon. Arriving there they hurried to the wharf, secured a skiff and rowed out to the schooner Santa Barbara, which under the name of the law, they seized and brought it over to San Pedro, where the vessel now rides at anchor in charge of a custom house officer. The facts leading p to the seizure are as follows:

The vessel belongs to the San Diego Fish Company and is a fine vessel, valued at $2000. Captain Sternberg chartered the boat from the fish company in July for the summer season to carry pleasure parties from Long Beach to the islands, and on or about the 14th of July, while lying at anchor off Avalon, Catalina Island, in the night, the Santa Barbara had no lights burning. The law compels all vessels over five tons register to burn two side lights and one bow light, while either at anchor or at sea in the night. Perhaps this might have never been noticed but for the fact that United States Custom Officers Harkness and Jackson had been on a pleasure trip to the isthmus on board the Wilmington Transportation company's pleasure sloop, La Paloma, and were returning on the above date to Avalon. Arriving there late in the night they ran into the Santa Barbara, damaging both vessels. The officers aboard at once reported the affair to the authorities at Washington, D. C., and they later received orders to compel the captain of the Santa Barbara to pay a fine of $200 for violating the law. Mr. Bell served the papers on Captain Sternberg, whose only excuse for not having out the lights was ignorance of the law. He had not the money to pay the fine hence the seizure of the vessel. The vessel will be held at San Pedro pending the course of action from Washington, D.C.”


September 8, 1896 [LAT/SD]: “The power yacht Santa Barbara is in custody of the custom-house officers, because of non-payment of a fine of $200 imposed for not carrying side lights as required by law.”


September 9, 1896 [LAT/SD]: “Schooner Santa Barbara seized by Collector of Customs. United States District Attorney Denis yesterday filed in the District Court a libel of information against the schooner Santa Barbara, owned by the Standard Fish Company of San Diego, and lately seized in the harbor of Long Beach by Frederick Harkness, Collector of Customs, for violation of section 4233 of the Revenue Statutes…”


September 11, 1896 [LAT/SD]: “The schooner Santa Barbara has been fined $200 for not carrying proper lights, and court proceedings are instituted to collect the fine.”


September 26, 1896 [LAH]: “San Pedro, Sept. 25—United States Marshal N. Covarrubias was here yesterday and released the power schooner Santa Barbara today,satisfactory bonds being furnished. The vessel was held in custody for violating the law by not having the requisite lights one night while at Avalon. Captain A. J. Reed has leased the Santa Barbara from the San Diego Fish company, who are the owners. The vessel is to be equipped for a sealing expedition at once.”


December 25, 1896 [LAT/SD]: “Schooner Santa Barbara is on the marine ways being repaired.”


January 2, 1897 [LAT/SD]: “The schooner Santa Barbara has received new machinery and Captain Herbert Young is about to make a cruise in the craft.”


May 4, 1897 [LAT]: “The trial of the owners of the schooner Santa Barbara, taken into custody some time ago for neglecting to show a light over near Catalina, was set yesterday in the United States District Court, and will take place before Judge Wellborn on July 2.”


May 10, 1897 [LAT/SD]: “The naphtha schooner Santa Barbara is being repaired on the E Street ways.”


June 17, 1897 [LAT/SCat]: “The Santa Barbara went to San Clemente Island Monday with a party, but the rough sea prevented their landing.”


June 30, 1897 [LAH]: “The case of the United States versus the schooner Santa Barbara came up in the district court yesterday, and was continued over for the term. The ship was libeled some time since for violating a statute regarding lights.“


July 20, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “A warrant was sworn out before Justice of the Peace Downing today for the arrest of Herbert Young, captain of the schooner Santa Barbara, at the insistence of John Hoff, captain of the Meteor. Young is accused in the complaint of stealing a coil of rope valued at $70. At the time of writing he had not yet been apprehended.”


July 21, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “The complaint against H. G. Young, the captain of the Santa Barbara, who was arrested yesterday, charged with stealing a coil of rope from the schooner Meteor, was dismissed today…”


August 23, 1897 [LAT/SD]: “Herbert Young has returned from San Pedro where he sold the gasoline schooner Santa Barbara to a San Pedro company who will use her as a pleasure craft.”


September 18, 1897 [LAT]: “After the recent plain and explicit decision regarding the invalidity of sea marriages, one might suppose that these farces would cease… A couple of days ago Captain Amsbury of the steam schooner Santa Barbara, which is located at Long Beach, was approached by a callow youth of about 19 years… and solicited to take them out and perform a marriage…”


November 18, 1897 [LAT]: “On motion of the United States District Attorney, the case of the United States against the schooner Santa Barbara was dismissed from the District Court.”


November 6, 1898 [LAT/LB]: “The pleasure power schooner Santa Barbara will sail next Monday with a party for Lower California.”


November 14, 1898 [LAT/SD]: “Lower California orchilla industry to be revived… ’I am going down next week on the schooner Santa Barbara,’ said Mr. Stewart yesterday…”


November 18, 1898 [LAT/SD]: “The schooner Santa Barbara has sailed for Lower California with C. Nigel Stewart and party, who go to inspect the Hale orchilla concession at Magdalena Bay, and the onyx deposits near by.”


November 26, 1898 [LAT/SD]: “News was received here this morning that the schooner Santa Barbara was wrecked Tuesday last on Geronimo Island, thirty-five miles south of San Quintin. The schooner was caught in a severe gale and carried onto the rocks, and while all on board were saved, it is understood that all the provisions were damaged with salt water. When the storm abated, the hole stove in the vessel’s side was patched up, and the schooner returned to San Quentin. From there the party is returning overland to Ensenada and will arrive here on the next trip of the St. Denis. The Santa Barbara left San Pedro November 17 for Scammon’s Lagoon and Magdalena Bay, stopping at this port on the way south, with C. Nigel Stewart and party, who were to examine the orchilla and mineral lands lately purchased by an English syndicate from the Hale estate in San Francisco.”


November 27, 1898 [LAT]: “C. Nigel Stewart of London, has been in San Diego for several days, on his way to Magdalena Bay, Lower California… Mr. Stewart and his party will sail for the Lower California coast in the schooner Santa Barbara on Tuesday. The vessel is now at San Pedro, but will arrive here Tuesday morning and leave the same day for Scammon’s lagoon…”


November 27, 1898 [LAT/SD]: “The schooner Santa Barbara, which sailed from here several days ago for Scammon’s Lagoon, Lower California, with C. Nigel Stewart of London, G. S. Wilson of Edinburgh, James Edwards of New York and T. Michel of San Francisco, who went down to inspect the Hale orchilla concession at Magdalena Bay, went onto a reef at San Geronimo, below San Quintín, and was almost wrecked. For eight hours the party were in great danger, the schooner giving signs of going to pieces. Captain Amsbury and his crew worked at the hole in the bow, finally patching it up so that the schooner made her way to San Quentín…”


November 29, 1898 [LAT/SD]: “C. Nigel Stewart and party, who were stranded on San Geronimo Island by the accident of the schooner Santa Barbara, returned from Ensenada this morning, and will charter a larger schooner to go to Scammon’s Lagoon and Magdalena Bay.”


December 30, 1898 [LAT/SP]: “The power schooner Santa Barbara sailed Wednesday night for Santa Cruz Island for a cargo of lobsters for the Catalina Conserving Company’s plant here. The Santa Barbara will be used temporarily in place of the Lizzie Belle W, which was damaged by a gasoline explosion.”


March 2, 1899 [LAT]: “The guano poachers. J. W. Kishlar of Riverside was at the Van Nuys yesterday and in the afternoon left for Ensenada. ‘I have concessions from the Mexican government of the islands along the Mexican coast and in the Gulf of California,’ says Kishlar. ‘Last year I furnished guano from these islands to California and neighborhood. ‘Recently I have found that poachers on our islands have been bringing guano to San Diego, and actually selling it to me — my own guano. This is a good joke, but I can’t afford it. So I have fitted out the little power yacht Santa Barbara to go for these poachers. She sailed on Saturday from San Pedro. She doesn’t carry a gun, but she will fly the Mexican flag and will have authority to protect our interests. The poachers are Swedes, Frenchmen and Germans, and they have been doing this thing for the past five years.”


May 28, 1899 [LAT/SD]: “News from the placer diggings in Lower California is awaited with intense interest by hundreds of people in this city. The next reports will probably be brought by the schooner Santa Barbara, which is expected to arrive in Ensenada in a day or two…”


June 7, 1899 [LAT/SD]: “A telegram was received yesterday from Manager J. H. Packard of the Lower California Development Company which confirms reports already received from this point concerning the Sierra Pintada placers. Manager Packard had interviewed the captain of the schooner Santa Barbara, and others who have come from the mines, and had verified the report of the return of the six Mexicans with seventy or eighty ounces of gold…”


July 12, 1899 [LAH]: “San Diego, July 11—The sloop Cora arrived in this port last night after an exciting experience off the Lower California coast, where she went for a cargo of guano some time ago. The Mexican authorities fitted up the steam schooner Santa Barbara as a small sized cruiser to capture the boats engaged in stealing guano off the islands of the lower coast. Last Saturday the Santa Barbara came on the Cora unexpectedly within the three mile limit, and in giving is account of the incident Captain Maha said:

'Yes, they caught me in a calm early in the morning and through my field glasses I could see every man in the patrol boat. They came within a few hundred yards of me and anchored and then got into a small boat, armed with pistols, rifles and knives. They were close to the Cora when I went down below and returned with my old reliable friends, and stood ready for action. I shouted for them to keep off my boat, and repeated the warning for a second time. They seemed determined to come aboard when I raised my rifle to my shoulder and said: 'Make another move and I'll kill every mother's son of you! I meant every word of it, for I would rather have died on the deck of my schooner than be taken to the Mexican prison. The boat retreated and the threatened hostilities ended without further trouble.'


March 17, 1905 [LAT/SD]: “The Lower California Development Company’s steamer St. Denis, which arrived today from the peninsula, reports having rescued schooner Santa Barbara north of Cedros Island last Monday. The schooner was laboring in a heavy sea and in danger of foundering. The men on board were directors of the Cedros Mining Company, including George P. Brown, Nicholas and Beedy and their wives. The steamer towed the schooner to Ensenada.”


September 10, 1907 [LAT]: “Port Townsend. The schooner Santa Barbara, bound from Seattle to Valdez, struck the rocks Saturday night in Active Pass, tearing a great hole in her hull. Temporary repairs were affected and the vessel is now anchored near the scene of the accident awaiting the arrival of a wrecking tug which will be sent forth immediately to bring her back to the south for repairs.”


June 4, 1910 [LAH]: “San Diego, June 3—Leaving a woman and child on the uninhabited Guadalupe Ispand, 150 miles off San Quintin, Lower California, A. Marcuson of Los Angeles arrived at San Quintin last Wednesday, after having been at the mercy of the wind and waves for six days in an open boat, and with little food or water. The party of four were on the schooner May, bound from San Pedro to Guadalupe Island. Ten days ago the schooner went ashore on the island. When the news of the wreck reached Ensenada a relief party left in the gasoline schooner Santa Barbara.


August 4, 1912 [LAT]: “A baby elephant seal weighing 900 pounds and valued at $5000 was seized by Customs Officers Woolman and Martin when it was brought here in the schooner Santa Barbara from Guadalupe Island, off Lower California, yesterday. The mammal is owned by John Ramsey of Los Angeles. Ramsey protested payment of duty and had given orders to leave the sea elephant in charge of the government when a compromise was effected. The mammal was captured after a hard battle with its mother on the shores of Guadalupe. It was fed condensed milk through a rubber nipple, says Ramsey, on the cruise from the South. More than a hundred gallons were required in three days. The elephant grew to like the diet until it finally kept the crew awake at night crying for more food. A fresh supply was secured here and the voyage to San Pedro started yesterday afternoon.”