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Sea Wolf (left) and a Larco boat, Santa Cruz Island

Sea Wolf (#) (1914-1927), named for Jack London’s famed boat, was built by an Italian in Sausalito for Ira Eaton in 1914. Sea Wolf was rigged with a mainsail, foresail and jib, and had two gas tanks, each holding 350 gallons of fuel. She arrived from San Francisco Thursday, May 28, 1914. From 1914 to 1927 she made hundreds of channel crossings ferrying campers and supplies to Ira Eaton’s famous Pelican Bay resort, a trip which took about three hours. In 1927, Sea Wolf broke her mooring at the Santa Barbara wharf and sank.


PHOTOS Diary of a Sea Captain’s Wife p 118+



In the News~

September 13, 1913 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton will leave in a few days for San Francisco to place an order for a new powerboat to be used next season for the increasing island traffic. The craft will be 45 or 50 feet in length, and will have twin screws, in order that the time between Santa Barbara and the islands may be shortened. He expects to make a regular run from this city to Pelican Bay in one hour and fifty minutes. The boat will be the latest word in ship building, and will be larger than any vessel now in use for passenger business in this vicinity. Captain Eaton’s camp in Pelican Bay will break up this week, and Mrs. Eaton will return here Saturday for the winter. He looks for a great season next year, as a camping place is rapidly spreading up and down the coast. Yesterday he brought over three live seals for Captain George M. McGuire.”


February 11, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned yesterday from San Francisco with the news that he had placed an order for a new and speedy power yacht that will be placed in the channel service about May 1st. The boat will be 42 feet in length, and will have 30 horsepower standard engines. She is guaranteed to make eleven knots an hour, which will take her across the channel in two hours or less. The little vessel will be modern and complete in every respect, with a roomy cabin and all conveniences…”


April 1, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton left for San Francisco last night to supervise the finishing of his new boat, the Sea Wolf, now in process of construction on the upper bay. The captain expects his new craft to be finished about April 25th, and within a day or two of its completion he will sail her to the home port. His wife and daughter and half a dozen of his intimate friends will go to San Francisco for the sole purpose of sailing on the Sea Wolf on her maiden voyage to this city. The new boat is rated by its owner and master A-1 in its class, and very creditable performances are expected of her by those who are informed as to her lines, specifications and equipment.”


April 1, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton of the Gussie M left last night for San Francisco intending to return by April 25 with his new power launch, the Sea Wolf, which is rapidly nearing completion there. He will be joined later in the month by Mrs. Eaton and a party of friends, who will make the maiden trip south with the new vessel. Captain Albert Chase is now in charge of the Gussie M, having taken over Captain Eaton’s license.”


April 19, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton came from Santa Cruz Island in his powerboat yesterday morning, the Gussie M, with 28 live seals for Captain McGuire... A few days ago Captain McGuire received a hurry call from Europe for 24 seals. His seal hunter, Captain Ira Eaton, was at San Francisco supervising the finish of the latter’s new boat, Sea Wolf. McGuire wired Eaton to come at once to go in search of seals, and Eaton did so, with the pleasing result told herewith...”


May 12, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira Eaton’s new boat, Sea Wolf, is expected to be launched at Sausalito tomorrow. After a trial trip about the bay, Captain Eaton will head for Santa Barbara with the boat which is to figure in the summer passenger traffic between here and Santa Cruz Island.”


May 12, 1914 [SBMP]:Sea Wolf is now ready for the waves. Ira Eaton’s new craft will be launched tomorrow at Sausalito… A day or so will be devoted to trying out the engine on the waters of San Francisco Bay… Captain Ira Eaton expresses himself delighted with his new craft. She is a handsome model…”


May 22, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira Eaton may arrive here late this evening or early tomorrow from San Francisco in his new launch Sea Wolf. According to friends he left San Francisco in his new boat for the south yesterday. Several test runs in the bay have shown the machinery of the speedy craft to be running smoothly, and it is rather expected that he will take the southern trip leisurely, and not attempt any speed, in which case he would not reach Santa Barbara until sometime Saturday. The boat is described as one of the neatest launches afloat, and capable of making a new record in the run between this city and the islands.”


June 2, 1914 [SBMP]: “Steller sea lion captured by Eaton. Strange creature is said to be second alive in captivity. Captain Eaton came to town in his new power yacht, the Sea Wolf, early yesterday morning with the air of a conqueror home from the wars…”


June 9, 1914 [SBMP]: “Last Sunday Captain Ira K. Eaton took a small party of invited guests on a delightful cruise up the coast on his beautiful new powerboat, the Sea Wolf… The cruise ended with a rousing vote of thanks to Captain Eaton for his courtesy to those who made up the passenger list on the maiden trip of the Sea Wolf…”


June 19, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton is at the islands in his boat, the Sea Wolf, after seals for Captain McGuire, the order being for eight. On this trip, Captain Eaton took over five lots of equipment and supplies for his camp at Pelican Bay.”


June 20, 1914 [SBMP]: “The Sea Wolf will take a large party to Pelican Bay tonight, and another tomorrow morning. It will keep Captain Eaton and his fine boat on the jump to handle the two crowds over Sunday, but he has done the same thing many a time before, and is now better equipped than ever for that sort of business.”


June 20, 1914 [SBMP]: “Eaton captures two more Stellers. Captain of the Sea Wolf bitten by enraged animal when landed. There is another feather in the cap of Captain Ira Eaton in the capture of Steller sea lions — so very rare, and so extremely difficult to take alive. Eaton came in from the islands in his powerboat Sea Wolf, yesterday morning with six California sea lions and two Steller sea lions, for George McGuire…”


June 30, 1914 [SBMP]: “The Sea Wolf came back from Pelican Bay Sunday evening with a party of members of the Manhattan Club, and others, taken across the channel the night before. There were thirty of these excursionists, and they reported a happy outing. Several of the party went out fishing on Sunday, and they caught 52 fine fish — Cabrillo, rock bass, sheepshead, rock cod, etc.”


June 30, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton goers to Pelican Bay with his powerboat, Sea Wolf, this morning, to take over lumber for a dancing floor at that resort. The floor will be twenty-two feet square, and it will be greatly appreciated by the island campers and visitors who went to dance to the added music of the ocean waves.”


July 1, 1914 [SBDNI]: “4th of July Sea Wolf excursions. 8-mile trip on the channel around the buoy and back Saturday, July 4th. Leaves wharf at 1:00 P.M. and every hour thereafter. Fare 25¢. Sunday island excursion leaves Stearn’s Wharf for Pelican Bay 8:00 A.M., Sunday, July 5. Returning 6:00 P.M. A glorious trip across the dancing channel. Round trip fare $2.00. Special island excursion leaves wharf Friday, July 3 at 7:00 P.M. returning Sunday evening, July 5. A splendid two days’ outing, round trip fare. $2.00. Tickets on sale at Mosher & Freeze store, 722 State St., or at the boat at wharf. Captain Ira K. Eaton, owner.”


July 4, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Pelican Bay in his powerboat, Sea Wolf, at noon yesterday, to add his handsome craft to the marine pageant that is expected to be such an important feature this evening, in the big celebration. Mrs. Eaton and her daughter, Vera, returned with the Captain for the Fourth of July festivities.”


July 9, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton is at the island with the Sea Wolf, hunting seals for Captain George McGuire. The boat is scheduled for an excursion voyage to Pelican Bay on Wednesday of each week, but she was not in port yesterday, and it is supposed the omission was caused by Eaton’s delay insuring the big game of the deep that he went out to seek.”


July 9, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Mr. and Mrs. George W. Downing with Mr. and Mrs. John Grocott leave with their families next Sunday for a 10-days outing on Santa Cruz Island. They make the trip to Pelican Bay on the Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton’s new power launch. Lieutenant Downing will take his famed dogs along for the trip.”


July 11, 1914 [SBMP]: “Tonight Ira Eaton will take a party of twenty-eight to Pelican Bay in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, to camp for a week, and tomorrow morning he will take about as many for a two week stay in camp at the same popular resort.”


July 11, 1914 [SBMP]: “A party of well known Santa Barbara people will leave Monday on the Sea Wolf for Dick’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, where they will spend two delightful weeks…”


July 13, 1914 [SBDNI]: “The Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton’s new pleasure launch, left this morning with a party of three for Eaton’s camp at Pelican Bay.”


July 12, 1914 [SBMP]: “Two excursions will go to Santa Cruz Island this morning, the Sea Wolf taking one of them to Pelican Bay and the Otter the other to Fry’s Harbor. The former party will contain a number of people who are to camp on the island for several days.”


July 17, 1914 [SBMP]: “Mr. Brewer, proprietor and head master of St. Matthew’s school at San Mateo, who is spending the summer at San Ysidro, will take a party of eight of his friends at Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf this morning to spend a couple of days at that popular island resort.”


July 19, 1914 [SBMP]: “Today the Sea Wolf will take an excursion party on a usual island trip. Generally the destination is one of the harbors on the north side of the island, and there are comparatively very few of the island invaders from Santa Barbara who know anything about the south side of the most beautiful of all the islands along the California shore of the Pacific. Today’s party will start at 7 o’clock from Stearn’s Wharf for a trip clear around the island, stopping at Willow Harbor on the south side, for dinner. The party will number about 25, and Captain Eaton promises the excursionists an enjoyable day.”


July 22, 1914 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning Captain Ira Eaton returned from Pelican Bay on the Sea Wolf. He reported a very successful and enjoyable excursion from Ventura the preceding day, the party numbering 125 and making the stop for dinner at Pelican Bay. The voyagers came up from Ventura by the steamer Eureka and the Sea Wolf, which later craft went down to that city last Sunday night to take overflow from the Eureka whose passenger limit is 100.”


July 23, 1914 [SBMP]: “Yesterday the Sea Wolf took a small party of the Potter Hotel guests to Pelican Bay, returning in the evening. The excursionists enjoyed the outing very much and declared that they would repeat it in the near future.”


July 23, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Mr. and Mrs. G. Kimberley and their two children left this morning aboard the Sea Wolf with Captain Eaton for a two weeks’ vacation on the islands. Sea Wolf also carried a large cargo of provisions for the numerous campers at Captain Eaton’s resort.”


July 27, 1914 [SBDNI]: “One hundred and twenty Santa Barbara people left for the islands at 8 o’clock this morning aboard the steamer Eureka. The great majority of the passengers were women. The boat will return here about 6 o’clock this evening, thus giving the party four hours at the islands for fishing and side excursions to the Painted Cave and other interesting places. Captain Eaton also left this morning in the Sea Wolf and accompanied the big boat over. Lunch will be served for the party at Eaton’s camp.”


July 30, 1914 [SBDNI]: “A party of young people is planning a trip to Painted Cave and Pelican Bay on Sunday. They will leave early in the morning with Captain Eaton in the Sea Wolf and will return Sunday evening… Four of the young men in the party form a quartet, and the music will be a feature of the trip…”


August 1, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton’s powerboat, the Sea Wolf, is chartered for tomorrow by a party of thirty people who will spend five or six hours in the enjoyment of the beauties of Pelican Bay.”


August 2, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton went to Ventura yesterday and arranged to take thirty people on the Sea Wolf from that city to Pelican Bay tomorrow, these being the excess of the number going by the full complements of 100 passengers from Ventura to the same island resort.”


August 3, 1914 [SBMP]: “Reduce expense of island excursion. Eureka trip, including incidentals to be 50 cents cheaper. E. J. Gourley and Harry Smith, who have ran a couple of excursions to the island by the steamer Eureka, and with decided success, are planning to continue the business along better lines than before. Heretofore the fare for the round trip by steamer has been $2, the price of the big fish dinner at Pelican Bay 50 cents, and the fare on the side trip 50 cents, making a total charge of $3 for the days outing for those who enjoyed all these features… By an arrangement just concluded with Captain Eaton, who manages the camp at Pelican Bay, and owns, besides the Sea Wolf, two other powerboats and several skiffs and a glass-bottom boat, at the popular island resort names, an excursion rate of $2.50 to cover all items enumerated...”


August 7, 1914 [SBDNI]: “H. A. Smith, who is managing the island excursion aboard Eureka, which leaves here at 8 o’clock Monday morning, says that fish stories are turning Monday’s party into one big fishing trip. The Eureka will stay four hours at the islands, and Captain Eaton, who is keeping daily track of the best fishing grounds, will be ready when the boat arrives to take the fishermen out in the Sea Wolf… Many of those who go to the islands next Monday will be members of the last excursion party.”


August 8, 1914 [SBMP]: “Increasing interest is felt in the excursion to Santa Cruz Island on the steamer Eureka next Monday morning, and as the accommodations are limited to 100 passengers, it will be well for those who want to go on this voyage to secure their tickets as early as possible… A side trip will be made in the powerboats Sea Wolf and Gussie M to the Painted Cave and other attractive points along the coast...”


August 8, 1914 [SBMP]: “The powerboat Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton, came in from the islands yesterday morning and will return to Pelican Bay today, so that the captain can receive the members of the South Coast Yacht Club…”


August 9, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned in the Sea Wolf from Pelican Bay yesterday afternoon bringing back a party he had taken over the preceding day… Next Tuesday is also the time for the coming of the crowd of Stanford students, the party numbering twenty-five, for ten days camping at Pelican Bay. The Sea Wolf leaves the wharf at 7 o’clock this morning for the regular Sunday excursion to Pelican Bay…”


August 12, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton has taken the Sea Wolf to San Pedro to be overhauled and repainted. He will return to the bay next Friday night.”


August 15, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, who has been at San Pedro with his boat, the Sea Wolf, is in Ventura today, and will sail from there with a party tomorrow for his camp on Santa Cruz Island. He is expected to come here with the Sea Wolf next Tuesday.”


August 17, 1914 [SBMP]: “Yesterday Ira Eaton went to Ventura in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, to take a party of excursionists to his camp at Pelican Bay. These will be thirty people who had applied for passage aboard the steamer Eureka to the same island harbor today, but who could not be accommodated on account of the Eureka’s passenger limit. The party, numbering 130 people in all, will have dinner at the bay and return to Ventura this evening.”


August 19, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, who returned this morning in the Sea Wolf with his wife and daughter to their island resort, expects to be back tomorrow afternoon with five seals for Captain George M. McGuire. The Sea Wolf has been chartered by Ventura parties for the greater part of the next three weeks. The launch Miramar will take the place of the Sea Wolf during that period. Many night parties are being made up in Ventura for boat rides on the phosphorus, which is now more brilliant than ever before, according to Captain Eaton. The phosphorus seems to be drifting north, and may be in Santa Barbara in a few days. Fishermen are now busy catching albacore south of Anacapa Island. The fish are traveling north and the boats may be landing at Santa Barbara in a week or two. They are now landing at San Pedro. There was a big dancing party at Eaton’s camp last Friday. One of Captain Eaton’s guests killed three wild hogs, which Mrs. Eaton roasted whole and dressed with greens for guests from every portion of the islands, the visiting yachts and private parties.”


August 20, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton left for Pelican Bay in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, yesterday morning, with several passengers who will stay at his island resort for several days, and with an order from Captain George McGuire for eight seals that are wanted for eastern zoos. The search for the seals will be made in the caves of San Miguel Island.”


August 22, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Ruiz, Mrs. Ed Diehl, Miss Marjorie Ruiz and Miss Anita Thompson returned last night from a camping trip to Santa Cruz Island. The trip was made on the Sea Wolf.”


August 24, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain George M. McGuire now has four seals ready for shipment to an eastern zoo. The seals were brought here Saturday from the islands by Captain Ira Eaton in the Sea Wolf. Captain Eaton is expected to be here again this evening.”


August 25, 1914 [SBMP]:Sea Wolf returns. Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Pelican Bay yesterday, bringing back from the island several campers who have been reveling in the charms of that beautiful region…”


September 14, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Eaton, who is now in San Pedro with his boat, the Sea Wolf, is expected to return Wednesday or Thursday.”


September 19, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, with his launch the Sea Wolf, visited Santa Barbara yesterday, and returned to the island.”


October 6, 1914 [SBDNI]: “After doing a lively business through the summer, the Sea Wolf has been converted into a fishing boat. Captain Ira K. Eaton, the craft’s owner, will operate the boat.”


October 7, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton arrived from the islands this afternoon in his boat, the Sea Wolf, with eight seals for Captain G. M. McGuire and 200 pounds of smelt.”


October 14, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton is out after six seals in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, his order being for six specimens for Captain McGuire…”


October 14, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, in his launch Sea Wolf, has started after six more seals for Captain George M. McGuire. Many orders from the east for seals have been received by Captain McGuire, who has a busy winter before him in his seal business.”


November 6, 1914 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Ira Eaton will take Captain Waters to San Miguel Island and from there he will proceed to Pismo Beach to get a party who will go out fishing for four days, after which Sea Wolf will return to San Miguel Island to bring Captain Waters back to the mainland.”


December 24, 1914 [SBDNI]: “After nearly four months of patient waiting, their efforts to catch the sleek animals having been frustrated repeatedly by ground swells, the powerboat Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton, owner, returned this morning from Anacapa Island with a dozen as fine, healthy, sleek and irritated seals as were ever caught. The pretty half-aquatic animals were not in a pleasant mood this morning when they were swung up from the boat in wooden cages and dumped down on the dock. Their shiny teeth tore at the wooden slats, ripping off pieces of wood. They barked shrilly. One big grand-daddy seal grunted hoarsely like a disturbed porker. Another tried to bite off the fingers of a man who wanted to pet him. Captain G. M. McGuire, who has orders for the seals from vaudeville actors and circus performers who train them, was on the dock and superintending placing the seals in wire cages with board bottoms, where they will be fed and watered until New Year’s when they will start east, to Chicago, Buffalo and New York to begin their vaudeville education. The seals were caught at China Harbor, Anacapa Island [Santa Cruz Island?]. Nets were used to capture them. In the gale of last week, the Sea Wolf lay at anchor in Potato Harbor, safe from the fury of the storm. A dozen other boats were assembled there for shelter. Captain Eaton was ill this morning, suffering from stomach trouble. A taxi carried him to his home.”


December 25, 1914 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton came in from the islands yesterday with his staunch little powerboat, the Sea Wolf, bringing thirteen seals that he had captured at China Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, an order from Captain George McGuire… The Sea Wolf, which was put into commission only last May, has also done since that time and the time when she had her seats taken out for the fishing trade, about six weeks ago, the largest excursion business between Santa Barbara and the islands ever done by any craft since people began to use the channel waters in quest of pleasure. In response to urgent popular demand, Captain Eaton will put the seats in his boat again next week, and resume his excursions to Santa Cruz Island…”


January 3, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton left last night for San Miguel Island in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, to try to locate some new fishing banks.”


January 4, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A hunt quite out of the ordinary is being conducted today by Captain Ira K. Eton of the Sea Wolf. The captain is searching for new fishing banks in the vicinity of San Miguel Island.”


January 8, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton left last night for San Miguel Island in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf. He is after fish, and hopes for better luck than has been found in the island waters by any of the fishermen.”


January 19, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Bringing in a ton and a half of fish, mostly rock cod and whitefish, Captain Ira K. Eaton’s powerboat, the Sea Wolf, came into port this morning with catches from the fishermen on Santa Rosa Island. This is considered a fair catch, according to the Larco Fish Company, which reported this morning, however, that fish still continue scarce, and that they are quite expert in keeping away from the fishing boats.”


January 21, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton’s powerboat, the Sea Wolf, leaves this morning for Santa Rosa Island waters after fish.”


January 21, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Her destination Santa Rosa Island, the powerboat Sea Wolf, Captain Ira K. Eaton, left this morning for the waters in the island’s vicinity, to bring back a cargo of fish caught there by the fishing fleet.”


January 26, 1915 [SBMP]: “The Sea Wolf came over from the islands with two tons of whitefish and rock cod, the largest catch made in these waters in a long time.”


January 26, 1915 [SBDNI]: “After being as scarce as hen’s teeth for several weeks, fish are plentiful. Local fishing boats have been bringing in heavy catches the last few days... The Sea Wolf reported a tremendous catch, two tons of whitefish and rock cod…”


February 16, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton came in from Santa Cruz Island with his powerboat Sea Wolf yesterday morning, bringing a load of rock cod. The boat will return to the islands today.”


February 24, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton left for San Miguel Island in the Sea Wolf last evening. He will return tomorrow, bringing to the mainland Mrs. Russell, wife of the superintendent of the island, who will visit her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Libbey, for some time, the latter’s husband being confined to his home by sickness.”


March 4, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday Captain Ira K. Eaton returned to Santa Cruz Island in the Sea Wolf, taking a company of motion picture actors bent on capturing some of the incomparable scenery of the island for a photoplay.”


March 4, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A party of motion picture players is at Santa Cruz Island today, using the incomparable scenery as settings for a photoplay. The actors and actresses were taken over yesterday by Captain Ira K. Eaton in his launch, the Sea Wolf.”


March 6, 1915 [SBMP]: “Island scenery wins praise from actors. Director L. B. Carleton, of the Alhambra Motion Pictures DeLuxe at the Santa Barbara studios, has just returned from a trip to Santa Cruz Island with his entire company, after many exciting experiences within the past three days that read like a chapter from one of Jules Verne’s novels. For the past ten days, Mr. Carleton has been working on a two-part drama entitled Heart of my Heart. It was necessary to have a series of scenes representing a smuggler’s cave and surroundings. Santa Cruz Island was selected as the right spot. The company left here Wednesday morning aboard the Sea Wolf, Captain Eaton commanding. It was a merry party, for the entire journey was new to all of them. Betty Harte, the leading lady, Edward J. Pell, leading man, Richard Morris, Etta Raynor, O. H. Illmer and George Knight together with camera man Kull have but recently come to Santa Barbara from the east, and of course the trip was looked forward to with great delight. Ask anyone of them today what they think of the water trip and outside of saying it was beautiful as far as the scenery was concerned, they will one and all say — ‘never again.’ A storm came up on the trip to the island and Mr. Illmer was washed off the deck of the motorboat, and it took the efforts of the entire company and crew to get him aboard again.”


March 7, 1915 [SBMP]: “Picture players have experience on Channel Island. Betty Harte gets enough material for a book on Santa Cruz. Director L. B. Carleton of the Alhambra Motion Pictures DeLuxe at the Santa Barbara studios has just returned from a trip to Santa Cruz Island with his entire company after many exciting experiences within the past three days that read like a chapter from one of Jules Verne’s novels. For the past ten days Mr. Carleton has been working on a two part drama entitled ‘Heart of My Heart.’ It was necessary to have a series of scenes representing a smuggler’s cave and surroundings. Santa Cruz Island was selected as the right spot. The company left here Wednesday morning aboard the Sea Wolf, Captain Eaton commanding…”


March 12, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned yesterday from Santa Cruz Island in his powerboat Sea Wolf, in which, accompanied by Scotty Cunningham, he had been hunting seals in the island caves. The hunters brought home one seal, they having found very unfavorable conditions of water in caves. A heavy ground swell had torn their nets badly and they had to postpone their quest until a better state of water came. They will resume the hunt today.”


March 17, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton came in from Santa Cruz Island in the Sea Wolf yesterday morning with a prize cargo of 16 California seals for Captain George McGuire.”


March 19, 1915 [SBMP]: “To Pelican Bay. Yesterday morning Captain Ira K. Eaton went to Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf to take over a party of fishermen who will make camp there to engage in fishing operations.”


March 24, 1915 [SBMP]: “Herman Norden of Paris, France and a half dozen other guests of the Potter Hotel went to Santa Cruz Island last Monday on Captain Ira K. Eaton's power schooner, the Sea Wolf.”


March 24, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A party of Potter’s guests have just returned from a trip to Santa Cruz Island, taken over to observe the scenic beauties of that locality. The trip was made in Captain Ira K. Eaton's boat Sea Wolf, and everyone going was enthusiastic over the delightful trip.”


March 24, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton is repainting his jaunty little powerboat, Sea Wolf, to get her ready for the island excursion business. The season will open next Sunday, for which day the boat is chartered for a trip to the islands. Captain Eaton may arrange for two or three regular trips to the island weekly, devoting the other week days and Sundays to charters by private parties.”


March 24, 1915 [SBDNI]: “In preparation for the summer vacation season, Captain Ira K. Eaton is repainting and overhauling the Sea Wolf. The boat will be placed in commission next Sunday, a party having chartered the vessel for a cruise to Santa Cruz Island that day. Captain Eaton is planning several weekly trips to the islands, carrying excursionists and sightseers.”


March 30, 1915 [SBDNI]: “It is sheep shearing time in San Miguel Island, and for the purpose of getting ready for the annual ‘hair cut,’ which is given the several thousand sheep on the island by their owners, the Waters brothers, a gang of a dozen or more men will leave here tomorrow in Captain Ira K. Eaton’s boat Sea Wolf… Captain Eaton’s boat makes the trip in four hours and a half. The captain will return tomorrow night. He said today the Sea Wolf has been chartered by parties for every day this week, and that indications are this summer’s business will be record-breaking.”


March 31, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain W. G. Waters went to San Miguel Island yesterday on the Sea Wolf, taking over a number of sheep shearers for the annual shearing of his flock, which will commence within a week or so.”


April 3, 1915 [SBMP]: “On his first visit to the island, Mr. Norden was greatly disappointed at not being able to see the Painted Cave, whose wonders had been described to him, because the water was too rough to permit going into it safely in a small boat... On this voyage in the Sea Wolf today, Mr. Norden will have as his guests of the Potter: Otto L. Mersman, Jr., Dr. Chancellor of Chicago, and Russell Ray of Santa Barbara. The party will take along a powerful searchlight with which to explore the cave if they are able to enter that wonderful subterranean chamber of nature’s fantastic grandeur.”


April 3, 1915 [LAT]: “The shearing of 4000 sheep on San Miguel Island began today. The sheep belong to Captain W. G. Waters of this city, who leases the island from the government. Captain Waters states that this season’s crop will be unusually heavy and fine, and that prices are sure to remain high for wool of a good grade. The rains of the season have been right for a heavy pasturage, so that the sheep are in good condition. Demands for sheep from market men are heavy, but so far none have been sold.”


April 6, 1915 [SBMP]: “...On this voyage in the Sea Wolf today, Mr. Norden will have as his guests several other guests of the Potter Hotel...”


April 6, 1915 [SBMP]: “Herman Norden of Paris...went on the Sea Wolf... The party was disappointed at not being able to enter Painted Cave on account of rough water, but the excursionists found much to enjoy at Valdez Cave, Pelican Bay and Prisoners' Harbor...”


April 7, 1915 [SBMP]: “R. C. Jones, representing the Pacific Coast Development Bureau of San Francisco, in the work of preparation of the Pacific Southwest Encyclopedia, goes to Santa Cruz Island on the Sea Wolf this morning to take photographs for views for that work...”


April 9, 1915 [SBMP]: “The Sea Wolf went to Naples yesterday to get the catch of a number of fishermen operating in the upper channel waters. Captain Eaton expects to return today, and to leave for San Miguel Island tomorrow morning with Captain Waters, who goes to look after his sheep shearing operation there.”


April 9, 1915 [SBDNI]: “That the pleasures of the channel waters and the beauties and wonders of the islands should be employed more systematically for the benefit of Santa Barbara is the opinion of those who made the trip to the islands Wednesday… aboard Captain Eaton’s boat Sea Wolf. They skirted the coast of the island, visited the big cave and had lunch at Valdez Harbor. The other beauty spots visited were Painted Cave, the Ruby Rock, La Canada, Cueva Valdez, Arch Rock, Ladies Harbor, Dick’s Harbor, Mussel Rocks, the Orizaba, Twin Harbors and Pelican Bay. The party climbed the mountains back of Pelican Bay and gathered many wild flowers there…”


April 11, 1915 [SBMP]: “About 20 members of The Hikers went to Santa Cruz Island last night on Captain Eaton's boat, the Sea Wolf, to spend a long Sunday exploring the beauties of Pelican Bay and other picturesque parts of the island.”


April 12, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Captain Eaton returned yesterday afternoon in his boat, the Sea Wolf, with 18 members of the Hikers Club, who had taken advantage of a vacant date in their schedule of land tours to try the sea. The party left Saturday evening and spent the night at Pelican Bay. The next day they toured the island coast in row boats, and took a hike back into the island mountains…”


April 13, 1915 [SBMP]: “An island party made up mostly of members of the Hikers Club, went to Pelican Bay in Captain Eaton's boat, the Sea Wolf, last Saturday night...”


April 16, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton went to Santa Cruz Island in the Sea Wolf yesterday morning with a small party of Montecito people who were out for a three day fishing cruise. They will return tomorrow evening, and Sunday morning the Sea Wolf will carry a party of excursionists to Valdez Harbor for a day at that charming island resort.”


April 16, 1915 [SBDBI]: “A party of Montecito society men is enjoying a fishing cruise around Santa Cruz Island today in Captain Ira K. Eaton’s sturdy power launch Sea Wolf. The fishermen will return tomorrow. Sunday the captain will carry a party of excursionists to Valdez Harbor to pass the day at this picturesque island camp.”


April 17, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Going over on what was intended merely as a three day fishing trip, a group of Montecito and Santa Barbara millionaires became so enthusiastic over Santa Cruz Island, that they have picked out a camp site at Pelican Bay, and will establish a camp there this summer, instead of going thousands of miles to find a less satisfactory vacation resort. Those making the trip were F. W. Leadbetter, of this city and Seattle; W. H. Bartlett, of Middle Road, Montecito; Mr. Munn, and Mr. Tripp, also of Montecito. The party returned last night after passing three days cruising around the island, personally conducted by Captain Ira K. Eaton in his power launch Sea Wolf. After visiting two or three places on the island, the beauty and restfulness of the isle so delighted the visitors, that on reaching Pelican Bay they told Captain Eaton they would look no further, but would make camp there this summer, instead of going away to the far places of the earth to seek rest and outdoor recreation. Incidentally, the combined wealth of the four men runs into seven figures, and two of them, Mr. Leadbetter and Mr. Bartlett, own half of the stock in the Hot Springs Club. Captain Eaton and his helpers were given $10 tips at the trip’s conclusion, in addition to being well-paid for their services.”


April 18, 1915 [SBMP]: “This morning the Sea Wolf will leave for Santa Cruz Island with a party of young people bound for Valdez Harbor and a day of joy at that beautiful spot.”


April 20, 1915 [SBMP]: “A party organized by Crockett Hammer, one of the clerks in the post office, went to Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, in the Sea Wolf last Sunday morning, and spent a very happy day in exploring the beauties of that popular resort. There were eighteen in the party and all enjoyed the outing exceedingly. The merrymakers arrived home in the early evening.”


April 30, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Santa Cruz Island in the Sea Wolf last evening, bringing over 1000 pounds of fish. Tomorrow evening he will take a party of Flying A hunters over to Santa Rosa Island for a boar hunt. The wild hogs are plenty on this island, and these hunters expect to get some thrilling sport in their outing. They will return to the mainland Sunday night.”


April 30, 1915 [SBDNI]: “A robust party of cowboys and other men employees will leave here tomorrow for a wild boar hunt on Santa Rosa Island. The trip will be made in Captain Eaton’s power launch Sea Wolf. The party will remain on the island over Sunday, and expects an exciting time, as ‘wild hawg’ shooting is a sport at once thrilling and dangerous.”


May 5, 1915 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara. Facing a driving rain and in the teeth of a stiff gale, the powerboat Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton, left this afternoon for Santa Rosa Island, carrying a dispatcher to the freighter Aggi, which is reported aground on the west end of the island…”


May 7, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Eaton of the Sea Wolf having made arrangements to take six or eight excursion parties to the islands within the next ten days, and his boat now being engaged in the salvage of the cargo of the wrecked Aggi off the coast of Santa Rosa Island. He has transferred his excursion business for the present to the Otter, recently arrived from San Pedro.”


May 7, 1915 [SBMP]:Aggi’s cargo may be saved. Captain Ira K. Eaton is working hard at doomed vessel. Forward hold believed to contain 3000 sacks of grain…The Captain brought back from the wreck nine tons of barley, fourteen bolts of canvas, a few sails, the ship’s compass, a lot of tools, and a few miscellaneous articles, all of which had been taken from the stranded vessel and transferred to the Sea Wolf with great difficulty, as the wind was blowing a gale, although at the time it was very calm on the mainland. Captain Eaton reported that he found the Aggi a complete wreck. Since he saw her on the preceding day, the main mast had been swept away, but the hull was resting solidly on the reef, her back broken in two.”


May 8, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Talcott’s Reef in the Sea Wolf yesterday afternoon with another load of barley taken from the wreck of the Aggi. He left at 6 o’clock last evening for another load of the grain, accompanied by Allan Watt and Captain Charles Davis, of the Universal Film Company of Los Angeles, who went for the purpose of getting some photographs of the wreck.”


May 9, 1915 [SBMP]: “More salvage in. Yesterday the power schooner Panama of Long Beach, engaged by Captain Eaton to help save the barley cargo of the wrecked Aggi, came over with its first load, and went back for another. Captain Eaton also came in with the Sea Wolf loaded down to the guards with the grain, and about as soon as it was landed, he too returned to the wreck to repeat the operation.”


May 11, 1915 [SBMP]: Barley salvage. The Sea Wolf and Panama brought eight and twenty-five tons of barley, respectively, from the wreck of the ship Aggi last Sunday, and about the same amount yesterday. This nearly used up all the dry barley on the wrecked vessel, and work will begin today in handling the grain that has been damaged by the water.”


May 11, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Eden’s new powerboat, the Barbareña, which was taken from his residence on Figueroa Street last Saturday to the beach at the foot of State Street to be launched, was put into the water yesterday afternoon. At low tide, about 1 o’clock, the new boat, on a framework resting on a house-moving truck with big wooden wheels, was run down to the water’s edge with block and tackle, under her own gravity, and left for the next high tide. When this came, about 6 o’clock, with the aid of a line from the Sea Wolf, the Barbareña was pulled off the truck and into the water and taken to its mooring in the bay, off the commercial wharf. Captain Eden will give his boat her first voyage in the trip to San Pedro, where he will go through the necessary legal procedure in having is craft measured and registered, and then come back to Santa Barbara with her…”


May 12, 1915 [SBMP]: “The Sea Wolf and Panama came in from the wreck of the Aggi yesterday with another load each of the barley from the ruined hulk. This makes 1200 sacks, or about 60 tons, that the two boats have rescued from the wreck, and it about completes the salvage of the dry barley in the Aggi’s cargo. Work will now commence on the removal of the damaged grain, which can be sold only for chicken food, for which it will do very well after being dried out. The wreck of the Aggi is said to be fast breaking up. During the past few days the masts have all been swept away, and soon the fragments of the ship will be scattered far and wide over the watery wastes.”


May 13, 1915 [SBMP]: “After wet barley. Continuing in her work of helping in the salvage of the grain on the wrecked ship Aggi, fast on Talcott’s Shoal, the power schooner Panama left again for the wreck yesterday afternoon to get another load. Captain Eaton will arrive today with another load in the Sea Wolf. All the barley now left on the Aggi is wet, but it is said to make good chicken feed after being dried out, and although it must be sold at a low price, it is said to be well worth saving under the present plans employed.”


May 14, 1915 [SBMP]: “Barley from wreck. Captain Ira K. Eaton came over from the wreck of the ship Aggi yesterday noon in the Sea Wolf with another load of damaged barley. The power schooner Panama is at the wreck in the effort to get one more load of the grain, and if she gets it aboard that will be the last attempted, as the water there is so rough as to make it almost impossible to transfer the grain. The total amount of the barley recovered from the Aggi by Captain Eaton is about eighty tons.”


May 16, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Eaton and Captain Davis, the latter representing the Universal Film Company, the moving picture concern that has bought the wreck of the Aggi to use as photoplay material, went to the wreck in the Sea Wolf yesterday and will return today.”


May 18, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, accompanied by his trusty first mate, Scotty Cunningham, will go to the islands in the Sea Wolf today in quest of seals for Captain George M. McGuire, who has an order for 26 California black seals and four Steller lions. The latter, which are very much harder to find and to capture than are the black fellows, are said to be in rather larger supply this year than for many seasons past. They are to be found only on the almost inaccessible rocks of San Miguel, much of the year impossible to approach on account of the rough water surrounding the island, and the finding of these wild and vicious sea animals is the smallest part of it, for it takes real bravery and a high grade of special skill to capture them.”


May 19, 1915 [SBMP]: “Too rough for sealing. Captain Ira K. Eaton had planned to go to the islands for seals in the Sea Wolf yesterday, but the high winds and rough water made that sort of an expedition impractical, as it would be impossible to enter the cave in small boats. He will leave for the quest today if conditions of the water should be more favorable.”


May 23, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton left for the islands in the Sea Wolf yesterday morning on a sealing expedition to get a lot of seals for Captain George M. McGuire.”


May 29, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Seventeen fine, fat, husky seals are reposing in unaccustomed quarters here today, having been brought in from the sea caves at Anacapa Island last night by Captain Ira K. Eaton in the Sea Wolf. Attempts were made to capture Steller lions at San Miguel, but the water was too rough.”


May 30, 1915 [SBMP]:Sea Wolf to San Miguel. Captain Ira K. Eaton will go to San Miguel Island tomorrow to take to her home Mrs. John Russell, wife of the superintendent of the island. Mrs. Russell recently returned from Los Angeles where she had submitted to a serious surgical operation that was, happily, entirely successful, and she returns to her island home with pleasing prospects of the recovery of her former good health.”


June 1, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned Sunday evening from San Miguel Island and went to Los Angeles yesterday on business connected with his boat.”


June 7, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Pelican Bay Camp is to open within the next two weeks. This is the word passed out this morning by Captain Ira Eaton. Another bit of news is that Captain Eaton is now negotiating for a bigger powerboat to make special Sunday excursions to the island. He expects to make a specialty of these Sunday trips. The boat he has in view, and for which a deal will be closed shortly, is licensed to carry 150 passengers, but Captain Eaton expects to make 110 its limit, so that there will be no crowding, and all making the trip will have a good time without the least suggestion of inconvenience. Today Captain Eaton put a crew of painters to work on the Sea Wolf, getting it brightened up for the opening of the summer season. It will require about two weeks to complete the painting of the boat.”


June 8, 1915 [SBDNI]: “F. R. Hamilton, of the White House clothing store, is getting up a party of 30 to make a trip to the islands Sunday. It is the intention to make quite a little cruise, visiting the Painted Cave and other points of interest and spending the lunch house at Pelican Bay. Mr. Hamilton is anxious to hear from all wanting to make the trip. If the full quota can be secured the Sea Wolf will be chartered for the day.”


June 11, 1915 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Ira K. Eaton will take a party of Potter Hotel guests in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, to Pelican Bay for the day. The visitors, who have never yet seen the beautiful Santa Cruz Island, anticipate a happy experience at this charming resort.”


June 13, 1915 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Ira K. Eaton will take a party of thirty people to Santa Cruz Island in his jaunty little powerboat, the Sea Wolf. The Painted Cave will be visited, and the excursionists will see the principal beauty spots of the island and return to the mainland in the evening.”


June 15, 1915 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Ira K. Eaton will go to Pelican Bay in his power beat, the Sea Wolf, to fit up his camp there for the summer. He will make some good improvements in the main camp houses and put twelve tents at once and get things in order to erect more as fast as they shall be required to handle the excursion business, which he expects to be much larger this year than ever before.”


June 16, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton went to Pelican Bay in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, yesterday morning to set up his camp there. He will return today or tomorrow.”


June 17, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned yesterday morning in the Sea Wolf from Pelican Bay, where he is re-establishing his island camp for the summer. He says that he will have this year the best and most complete camp that has ever been known on Santa Cruz Island, and that he has several reservations already by Santa Barbara and Montecito parties that demand only the best of accommodations.”


June 18, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton left sometime yesterday morning for Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf. He will return sometime tomorrow, and at midnight he will take aboard an outing party of twenty-five men, most of them employees of Hunt Mercantile Company, who will go to Eaton’s camp at Pelican Bay on a fishing expedition. The party will return home Sunday evening.”


June 18, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton is a busy man these days. He is at Pelican Bay today, and tomorrow night will take to that part of Santa Cruz Island in his boat Sea Wolf, a party of Hunt Mercantile Company men employees and others, for a fishing trip there.”


June 20, 1915 [SBMP]: “A company of twenty-five men, mostly employees of the Hunt Mercantile Company, left at midnight in the Sea Wolf for Pelican Bay, the Mecca of deep-sea anglers, on a fishing trip. Lured by the report that yellowtail are running in great force along the island shores, these fishermen are counting on bringing home a large catch of these prized game fish. The party will return to the mainland some time tonight.”


June 29, 1915 [SBDNI]: “After passing a week on Santa Cruz Island, George Owen Knapp and party of Montecito, returned to this city today in the Sea Wolf owned by Captain I. K. Eaton. The party enjoyed mountain climbing on the island, and rode the Caire ranch horses, making their headquarters at the big ranch, as guests of the family.”


July 7, 1915 [SBMP]: “One of the most delightful island parties of the season returned to the mainland on the Sea Wolf last Monday evening in time for the members to enjoy the fireworks and the marine pageant. The party was organized by Fred Hamilton, and numbering thirty people, mostly from Carpinteria, with several Santa Barbara people added. The party left for the island Sunday morning and went straight to Painted Cave…”


July 7, 1915 [SBDNI]: “Mrs. John R. Dugan and three women friends left this morning on the Sea Wolf, bound for a weeks’ outing at Pelican Bay.”


July 21, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday, and this morning he will take to that popular island resort a party of fifteen Montecito people who will spend a couple of days there, returning to the mainland tomorrow night...”


June 22, 1915 [SBMP]: “The party taken over to Pelican Bay last Saturday night in the Sea Wolf, numbering twenty-five men who are among the employees of the Hunt Mercantile Company and the California Market, returned shortly after 6 o’clock last Sunday evening, and reported a very good time, including a number of fish and the gathering of all the mussels that the party wanted to eat and carry home. The water was pretty rough on the homeward voyage, and probably if there had been any women aboard, they would have been seasick. As it was, well, at any rate there is no mention in the log of the Sea Wolf of anything of this kind.”


June 28, 1915 [SBDNI]: “George Knapp and a party of friends have gone on the Sea Wolf for the islands. They took with them supplies for pack horses and will camp in the mountains using island horses for packs.”


June 30, 1915 [SBMP]:Sea Wolf returns. Captain Ira K. Eaton returned yesterday morning from Pelican Bay, to which resort he took last Saturday, the family of George Owen Knapp and Joseph G. Colman, Jr., for a camping sojourn at the bay. The captain says that the campers are having the happiest kind of time, and that they have made some notable catches of fish during the past two or three days. They expect to return to their homes next Saturday.”


July 1, 1915 [SBMP]: “Fred Hamilton is organizing an island party for the 4th of July, to leave Saturday morning at 6:30 in the Sea Wolf for Valdez Harbor...”


July 4, 1915 [SBMP]: “The power schooner Santa Cruz Island, the Otter and the Sea Wolf will all be in the water pageant as big as life tomorrow night. The smaller craft named both have parties for the islands on that day, but they will hustle the excursionists home in time for the big water event that is expected to be so fine a feature of the 4th of July celebration.”


July 7, 1915 [SBMP]: “This morning, Mrs. John R. Dugan, accompanied by three lady friends, will go to Pelican Bay on the Sea Wolf to camp for a week at that charming island resort.”


July 17, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, skipper of the powerboat Sea Wolf, and proprietor of the popular island resort at Pelican Bay on Santa Cruz Island, is about to inaugurate a new feature in his island operation...”


July 25, 1915 [SBMP]: “Last evening Captain Ira K. Eaton left for Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, in the Sea Wolf, with a party of thirty people intent on spending a long Sunday enjoying the charms of that popular resort...”


July 27, 1915 [SBMP]: “George A. Batchelder, W.A. Brackenridge and R.H. Gaud were passengers on the Sea Wolf for Pelican Bay last Sunday morning and have planned to spend the week at that beautiful island resort in the pleasant pastime of angling and exploring the different harbors on the island shore.”


July 28, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned to Pelican Bay yesterday morning in the Sea Wolf, and with his newest addition to his fleet, the Seal, in tow… Mrs. Charles Cornell and her four children were passengers on the Sea Wolf yesterday and they will spend a week in camp at the bay.”


August 1, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton will take a party of excursionists to Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf this morning...”


August 3, 1915 [SBMP]: “Last Sunday morning the Sea Wolf took a party of campers to Pelican Bay...”


August 3, 1915 [SBMP]: “This fish yarn seems quite possible. Mariners stake whale claim then Captain Eaton jumps it. When George A. Batchelder, W. A. Brackenridge and R. H. Gaud went to Pelican Bay on a fishing trip a week ago… they discovered a huge object floating on the surface of the water, and soon discovered that it was a dead whale… The following morning as Captain Eaton was returning from a trip to Santa Barbara in the Sea Wolf, he saw the bog floating mass of flesh as he approached the island harbor, and he changed course of his boat and sailed up to the whale… and he passed a line around the defunct body of the monster and towed it around the east end of the island out to sea, where he set the big mass adrift.”


August 4, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday Robert Raymond of Montecito and three of his guests went to China Harbor in the Sea Wolf on a fishing trip.”


August 5, 1915 [SBMP]: “George Spencer Westcott and John W. Banhans left Wednesday morning with Captain Eaton on the Sea Wolf for the islands where they will spend their vacation in fishing and exploring the many wonders which are to be found there.”


August 17, 1915 [SBDNI]: “The Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton’s power launch, which had been at San Pedro undergoing repairs and overhauling for the past two weeks, is back again and ready to resume her traffic to the islands.”


August 26, 1915 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning the powerboat Sea Wolf came over from Pelican Bay, bringing back to the mainland a fishing party composed of Dr. and Mrs. Oliver Dwight Norton, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Rives and E. Warren Runyon, all of Montecito. The anglers spent two days at the bay, and they reported a delightful time, with excellent sport with rod and reel. They brought some sixty-five large fish of different varieties, including rock bass, rock cod, cabrilla, yellowtail and the special prize of the expedition, three tunitas.”


August 28, 1914 [OC]: “The Sea Wolf, Captain Eaton’s boat, will carry an excursion from Hueneme to Santa Cruz Island next Sunday. The start will be made at 8 o’clock. The boat will stop at Santa Cruz for dinner. The trip around the island will include all the interesting spots, including Pelican Bay. Reservations for the trip can be made now at the Courier office. Tickets for the trip, including dinner, are $2.”


August 30, 1915 [SBMP]: “The powerboats Otter and Sea Wolf will both take pleasure parties to Santa Cruz Island this morning for the day.”


August 31, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton took a camping party in the Sea Wolf to Pelican Bay last Sunday morning.”


September 4, 1914 [OC]: “The Sea Wolf, which is now making regular trips to Santa Cruz Island, will make its next Sunday trip from Ventura, and on September 13 it will make another trip from Hueneme.”


September 5, 1915 [SBMP]: “The island excursion season ends today for the Sea Wolf, and tomorrow Captain Eaton will join the large albacore fleet operating in the waters around the islands.”


September 5, 1915 [SBMP]: “Last night the Sea Wolf took out a fishing party composed of ten railroad men who were after gamey albacore. Captain Eaton will take the anglers to a point about midway between Santa Cruz and San Nicolas islands, in which region about 300 San Pedro boats are regularly congregated in the hunt for albacore for the canneries at the southern city named. This party will return tonight.”


September 10, 1915 [OC]: “Captain Eaton’s launch Sea Wolf will join the fleet of albacore fishing boats in the island waters. The island excursion season has closed. Many Oxnard people have made the trip to Santa Cruz aboard the Sea Wolf.”


September 11, 1915 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. Ogram of Los Angeles and J. J. Ogram of Barry, Ill., who has been visiting his sister, Mrs. O. J. Eaton of 320 E. Victoria Street, have returned from the Panama-Pacific Exposition and left yesterday morning on Captain Ira Eaton’s boat, the Sea Wolf, for Santa Cruz Island. Mrs. Eaton accompanied them to San Francisco. This is J. J. Ogram’s first visit to the coast, and he is much pleased with California in general and Santa Barbara in particular.”


September 12, 1915 [SBMP]: “This morning the Sea Wolf will take a small party of Miramar people to Pelican Bay for two or three days of camping. Captain Eaton has a number of charters for the near future, and has been persuaded to defer for a few weeks the closing of his excursion season to go into fishing traffic.”


September 14, 1915 [SBMP]: “Last Sunday the Otter took a party of sixteen people to Fry’s Harbor for the day. All had a fine time on the island. The Sea Wolf took over a small party of campers, who will put in a few days at beautiful Pelican Bay.”


September 16, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton went to Pelican Bay with the Sea Wolf yesterday morning, taking over to that popular island resort a small party for a few days’ camping.”


September 18, 1914 [OC]: “The launch Sea Wolf made its last trip for the season. About 37 went to the Santa Cruz Island landing at Pelican Bay. Everyone had a good time. Those going from Hueneme were Miss Lina Crowe, Duron Kier, Mrs. Alvina Arnold, Henry Kier, Mr. and Mrs. Onas Whitted, Albert Eastman, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Cruickshank, Olav Mjos, F. W. Stansfield.”


October 21, 1915 [SBMP]: “When Henry Otto stepped off the train here yesterday morning he was given a remarkable reception by former associates… Mr. Otto, with thirty-six Universal players, left shortly after for the islands on the Sea Wolf, where several days will be spent on scenes for Undine, a five-reel production.”


October 27, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday morning for supplies for his camp of Universal actors who are at work on the island shores... The Sea Wolf returned to the island yesterday afternoon.”


October 29, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned on the Sea Wolf yesterday afternoon from the camp of Universal actors at Pelican Bay, the company having been engaged there and at other points along the island shores...”


October 31, 1915 [SBMP]: “A number of local picture people will sail for Santa Cruz Island on the Sea Wolf this morning to attend a barbeque given there by Henry Otto.”


November 6, 1915 [SBMP]: Sunday evening Captain Ira K. Eaton returned in the Sea Wolf from the camp at Pelican Bay, which had been the headquarters of Henry Otto’s company of Universal actors for nineteen days during the production of Undine, a great marine photoplay. Seven members of the company, the last detachment of the party, came back to the mainland on this trip and returned to their homes in Los Angeles by train.”


December 23, 1915 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton is looking for better business than ever. Yesterday morning Captain Ira K. Eaton, accompanied by his wife and daughter, returned from San Pedro, where he took his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, two weeks ago for a general overhauling and remodeling. He says the Sea Wolf is in better shape than when she was just built. She has been put into the best possible condition in every respect, and an important feature in her betterment is addition of a new cabin aft that provides for what has been a greatly desired increase in accommodation. This new cabin has four berths that will come in very handy when the boat has to take parties on long trips that will need places to sleep. Captain Eaton, who was very busy with the Sea Wolf in the excursion business the past season, expects a far larger one and he will make arrangements to handle it in the best of shape. He will add to the Eaton fleet a larger and better boat than any he has had yet…”


January 6, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton came over from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday morning, bringing 1,100 pounds of whitefish...”


January 20, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, who came over from Pelican Bay last Monday in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, with a good catch of fish, leaves for the island caves this morning in search of seals, he having an order for eleven of the amphibians [sic] for Captain George M. McGuire. The seals are for a trainer in London, but the buyer receives and pays for them in New York, Captain McGuire declining to take chances on the depredations of German submarines.”


January 20, 1916 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton left this morning in his powerboat Sea Wolf, for the seal rookeries on Santa Cruz Island, to secure eleven seals for Captain McGuire. The seals ordered for a London trainer.”


January 29, 1916 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Ira K. Eaton will return to Pelican Bay in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf. In the early part of next week the captain will take his craft to San Pedro to have installed in her a new engine of forty horse power, an increase of ten horse power over the engine now in use. The new engine will give the Sea Wolf a good deal more speed than she now has, and enable her skipper to cross the channel in two and one half hours.”


January 29, 1916 [SBDN]: “The Sea Wolf will be taken to San Pedro early next week and Captain Eaton will have a forty-horse-power engine installed. This will give the boat a much more powerful engine than the one now in use, and with the improvement Captain Eaton expects to cross the channel in two hours and a half.”


February 3, 1916 [SBDN]: “Regular trips to the islands will be made this summer by Captain Eaton in his boat, the Sea Wolf. The captain is planning for a big season and in order to make his boat speedier he has ordered a forty-horse-power engine to replace the present engine of 30-horse-power. It was expected that the engine would be installed early this week, but it has not arrived at San Pedro yet. It will be put in next week. Captain Eaton expects to commence regular trips to the island June 1.”


February 4, 1916 [LAT]: “Santa Claus is just getting to the sheep herders on San Miguel Island on his 1915 trip. Today the Sea Wolf left here for the island with the gifts sent for the men over two years ago. ‘Don’t open until Xmas’ is the legend on the packages. This will be the first supply ship to stop at the island since the packages arrived here.”


February 5, 1916 [SBMP]: “Phantom flier and warship fuss about. Mysterious movements attested to by two ranchers in Goleta. Is a fierce and hostile warship hovering off the coast of Goleta, egged on by a nasty little airplane, snooping through the air and rubbering to glean points on which to base an attack on our altars and our fires? Maybe. At least rumors have been rife during the past few days… And what in the world are we going to do about it? Unfortunately the Sea Wolf is on the other side of the channel just now, but she may return to her home port today, and perhaps we can get Captain Eaton to organize a scouting expedition… Cap is a brave man, and a cool-headed one, and if he should find any hostile warship with evident designs on our prized suburb, he will not hesitate to tell it to skedaddle and shoo itself away. The United States naval authorities on the coast say that no warship has been in these waters this week.”


February 11, 1916 [SBMP]: “Mystery craft sighted at Goleta. Ship makes appearance, but mists interfere with flying… Captain Ira Eaton is the latest person to report having seen the aircraft. That was a week ago Sunday evening, on the same night when others reported it for the first time. He was coming from the islands when the thing suddenly swooped towards the Sea Wolf. At one time it could only have been a couple of hundred yards away. Captain Eaton says he could not hear any motor at the time. Captain Eaton’s excuse for not reporting it before, is that he was afraid people would not believe it, but say it was one of his marine yarns…”


February 17, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton left for Santa Cruz Island in his boat, the Sea Wolf, yesterday morning with an order for six seals for Captain George M. McGuire...”


March 12, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton has returned from San Pedro in the Sea Wolf, after having the craft fitted with a new engine of fifty horsepower. He says the Sea Wolf is now able to cross the channel in two hours and a half.”


March 23, 1916 [SBDN]: “They have been killing a lot of men over on Santa Cruz Island the past few days, and the good ship Sea Wolf sailed into port late yesterday afternoon for a new supply of weapons to complete their job. A crew of pirates has been holding forth on the far side of the island, and men have walked the plank and met death in devious forms — all for the entertainment of the public. The moving picture company now at Santa Cruz is getting some good pictures, the men on the Sea Wolf declared. They expected to return today with the supplies for which they came, including the good old trusty swords, with which the villains are to meet their finish.”


March 28, 1916 [SBDN]: “The launch Panama, now in the Gulf of Mexico, will be here on June 1 to start regular excursions to Santa Cruz Island for a period of four months, Captain Ira Eaton announced today. Captain Eaton will also have his Sea Wolf making regular trips to the island at that time, both boats being under his direction. The contract, which he has for the Panama, calls for its use here during June, July, August and September. The Panama is a launch capable of carrying one hundred people, Captain Eaton said today. He believes that the summer business to the island will prove very good and pointed out that in his place on the island, there are now accommodations for fifty people. Since the Sea Wolf has had its new engine installed, and has been used in local work, a great many parties have taken advantage of the opportunities Santa Barbara offers as a watering place and have gone out for a sail on the briny. The owners of the launch Freda, who were here yesterday, in consultation with Secretary McIsaac of the Chamber of Commerce, and Milo M. Potter of the Potter Hotel, returned last night to Long Beach without definitely saying whether they would make Santa Barbara the home port of that boat. The situation here was investigated thoroughly and the men will come to a decision in a short time. With the Panama and the Sea Wolf and the possibility of having the Freda work out of the local port on excursions, Santa Barbara will be well on its way to take its place with the coast towns as a watering place of the first class.”


March 29, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton goes to Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf this morning to take a small party of Potter Hotel guests.”


April 3, 1916 [SBDN]: “Yep, it’s a hard life. Here the good old ship, Sea Wolf, was in port last week to commandeer a cargo of swords and scabbards and other instruments that was making Santa Cruz Island such a fine old place for taking pirate pictures, and the reported filled himself up with tales of the black flag, walking the plank, and crew-lty dire, unaware all the time that the moving picture company’s press agent was suffering the tortures of shipwreck and starvation. Inasmuch as we didn’t get the real stuff abroad then we did give it to you as it appeared in the Los Angeles Times of Sunday. On with the ink, boys, on with the ink — ‘The rescuing party that put out from Santa Barbara for Santa Cruz Island for the relief of Harry Pollard and Margarita Fischer, found that the Pollard picture players had passed through a most harrowing experience during the recent violent equatorial storm. The company of about thirty members was found encamped on the wild shores of the island on short rations and recuperating from a terrible experience at sea. Mr. Pollard, who is personally directing the production of The Pearl of Paradise, in which Miss Margarita Fischer is being featured, in order to obtain some of the marvelous scenery around the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, chartered the schooner Ida A from San Diego and established quarters at Eaton’s camp on the island. While taking scenes on board the boat in the channel between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands, a terrific northwest squall blew up. The ship’s anchors failed to hold and the boat was forced to put out to sea. The lifeboats were carried away and a huge steel oil drum, which had been lashed to the deck broke its lashings and rolled about the deck, injuring some of the players. The Ida A was forced to stand out from shore for more than twenty hours. Miss Fischer displayed great nerve and bravery. ‘In my several years of starring in motion picture drama,’ said Miss Fischer, ‘I have been called upon to perform many nerve-testing feats, and have passed through many adventurous experiences, but in the face of what we have just passed through, all of my other experiences seem mild. The waves were mountains and we could see the breakers dashing on the rocky shore fully one hundred feet high. We had nothing to eat for over thirty-six hours, but I think everyone was too frightened to be hungry.’ The members of the company left ashore when the Ida A was carried out to sea, being forced to return to camp afoot, were lost and when rescued were half-starved and in a deplorable condition.”


April 9, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton goes to Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf this morning to take over Harry Pollard's camp ten extra people to assist in Pollard's production of the photoplay on which he and his big company are engaged on the island, The Pearl of Paradise...”


April 15, 1916 [SBMP]: “A party of 40 headed by William Hazard heaves this evening with a voyage to Santa Cruz Island in the Sea Wolf. The party will camp at Fry's Harbor and return to the mainland tomorrow evening.”


April 15, 1916 [SBDN]: “Members of the junior college and high school faculty left last night aboard the Sea Wolf for Fry’s Harbor to camp for a week on the island. The party was organized by Mary Anderson and Alonzo Forbush. Mrs. M. C. Minnick is chaperon and the other members of the party are Miss Maude Huse, high school librarian; Miss May Christal, physical director in the city schools; Miss Eda Ramelli, Spanish teacher; Miss Kinney, Miss Naftel and Miss Barnes.”


April 15, 1916 [SBMP]: “A jolly little party of the Junior College people, organized by Miss Mary Anderson and Alonzo Forbush, went to Fry's Harbor in the Sea Wolf last evening... The party is expected to return to the mainland next Saturday evening.”


April 16, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Eaton came from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday to bring over seven members of the Fox Company of moving picture actors now on the island working on the photoplay, The Game of Hearts. These are actors who have finished their part in the play and they have left for their homes in Los Angeles. The others of the company will remain on the island for another week or more.”


April 22, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain George Gourley and a number of the American Film Company actors came over from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday after the finish of a very exciting set of scenes for the play, The Secret of the Submarine…”


April 24, 1916 [SBDN]: “After spending four days and three nights lost on Santa Cruz Island, without wraps, fire or food, except mussels and prickly pears, Miss May Christal, girls’ physical director in the public schools; Miss Mary Anderson, junior college student, and Henry Campbell of the County National Bank, were brought home here at two o’clock this morning, famished and cold. With seven others, the three left here several days ago for a week’s camping on the island. Thursday morning the entire party sailed around the island and landed near the ranch house. Miss Anderson, Miss Christal and Mr. Campbell decided they would walk back across the island to their camp. They were warned by Captain Eaton of the boat that the walk was a hard one, but persisted in going. They threw all their extra wraps in the boat and started out to cross the island with no food, one canteen of water, and, as it developed later, no matches. The walk for the three went all right until they reached the top of the ridge. There they took the wrong direction and were soon lost in some canyons in which they wandered until nightfall. There was nowhere to sleep but the cold wet grass and no fire or food, so the party walked around most of the night trying to keep warm. When morning came they started out over the canyons again in an attempt to reach camp, but could not get their bearings. The twenty-four hours without food or protection from the night cold told on them, having no idea of their location. Most of the time was taken in securing mussels and prickly pears. The nights were so cold that they could not sleep. Soon after the others in the party reached camp it became dark. They began to worry for the trampers. It was useless, however, to hunt for them at night and the search was delayed until morning. The remainder of the week was spent by the party without results in hunting for the lost ones. According to the hunters they must have passed the cove of the wanderers while cruising, without seeing the lost three. Finally Sunday afternoon, the party decided that they had better return and send others back to search with more provisions, for the party started with only enough food for a week, and their larder was running short. A boat used by motion picture actors now on the island brought back all of the campers who were not lost, while Captain Eaton, who took the party to the island, continued to sail along the coast looking for the lost ones. He was successful at 6 o’clock last night, and after the three famished trampers were fed and warmed, they sailed with Captain Eaton for Santa Barbara, arriving here at two o’clock this morning, but the two women rested after their ‘back to nature’ experience. According to Mr. Campbell, the three did little worrying, feeling that the boat would soon pick them up. Probay the other seven of the party worried most because of the possibly that one of the lost party might have been severely injured so that the other two would be unable to leave. The others in the party were Mrs. Minnick, Henrietta Naftel, Lutah Riggs, Miss Eda Ramelli, high school Spanish teacher, Miss Maude Huse, high school librarian, Hazel Kenney, Bertram Barnes, and Alonzo Forbush.”


April 24, 1916 [SBDN]: “The three who were lost for four days and three nights last week on Santa Cruz Island, Miss May Christal, Miss Mary Anderson, and Henry Campbell, object to the statements that have been made to the effect that they were strongly advised not to make the trip across the island, on which they were lost. They state positively that they were told the journey could be made in three hours. The members of the lost party are also complaining that there are too few boats on the island and that campers are entirely at the mercy of one or two overworked boats. Miss May Christal, the high school teacher in the party, has written the following account of the trip, beginning with the morning of the day on which the party was lost:

The party of nine sailed in the Sea Wolf from Fry’s Harbor to Prisoners’ Harbor and walked and walked three miles to the main ranch house, where Mr. Ravelle, superintendent, showed them the sheep shearing pens and other old-time ranch interests characteristic of Ramona days. Miss Christal and Miss Anderson said they would like to walk back to Fry’s, where upon a few others wanted to go, but it was decided that it would not be advisable, as their shoes were not suitably hobnailed, as the hike promised to be a hard one. After inquiring from the ranch superintendent the hikers, now reduced to Miss Christal, Miss Anderson and Mr. Campbell were told definitely how to go and that they could make the trip in three hours, or at the most three and a half hours. The parties divided, one set of six returning to Captain Eaton’s boat, while the other three were given a hearty luncheon by Superintendent Ravelle. It might be remarked that the lunch probably saved the lives of the wanderers. At 12:30 o’clock Thursday the three bade Mr. Ravelle good-bye and started their tramp through the picturesque valley in which the Caire ranch is located. All points of direction were carefully located and the steep ascent was completed successfully. The three stopped to rest at a point some four hundred feet below a very rocky crest, to watch the half wild sheep disperse themselves in and out of their cave shelters. Two hours of the scheduled three-hour journey had now passed. It was known for certain that it was from this point that the party went astray. The configuration of the island might roughly be compared to the shape of a great starfish, the highest part in the center and the main ridges sloping out as the arms. Instead of following the ridge, which leads down to Fry’s and the neighboring harbor, the party continued their ascent a few hundred yards west. This brought them to another ridge altogether, and of course the more they walked the farther west they traveled. Thursday night was spent on the mountain where a chill breeze and ‘hummingbird’ mosquitoes made sleeping impossible. Friday at dawn the travelers descended the ridge to the sea edge, where the promontories looked unfamiliar and forbiddingly steep. Nevertheless most of the day was spent in an exhausting trip scaling some six or eight of the promontories. Finally by mutual agreement the wanderers descended the steep bluff to Hazard’s Harbor and decided to remain there until some passing craft would pick them up. However they did not recon on the number of days that were to pass before such help would come. Noting their position on opposite the mainland they were well aware of their being many miles west of Fry’s Harbor, but what was the use of expending their fast waning strength in a futile effort to return? Mussels, prickly pears and water would sustain life for many days, even though the menu was unappetizing and monotonous. The sun beat down hotly by day while the night air chilled to the marrow. Meanwhile the campers at Fry’s were frantically anxious to reach the lost ones but were powerless to do so, in that they did not have even a rowboat at the harbor and Captain Eaton’s visits to Fry’s were rare. His time was wholly taken up with conducting the Flying A and other moving picture expeditions for pictures at points below Fry’s Harbor. For this reason Captain did not visit Fry’s Harbor until Saturday afternoon and then heard the story of the lost hikers. Previous arrangements with the picture company, however, kept him until Sunday at 5 o’clock, when he set sail for a cruise along the coast and after forty minutes’ trip located the marooned hikers at Hazard’s Harbor. They were on the beach and had fully settled their minds and hearts to a fourth night of vigil in the chilly caves awaiting the first evidence of a search by Captain Eaton, who was booked to return to the mainland Sunday night. What might have been a terrible tragedy serves to focus attention on the need for better and more boat service to a point of scenic wonders.”


April 25, 1916 [SBMP]: “Three get lost on Santa Cruz Island...” Three campers at Fry’s Harbor were lost on the island for three days and nights after loosing their way back to camp from the Christy Ranch. “They were members of the excursion organized by junior college students who went in the Sea Wolf on Friday before last...” They were found by Ira Eaton on a cliff three miles above Cueva Valdez, “fatigued almost to the point of utter exhaustion,” suffering from hunger, thirst and exposure.


April 27, 1916 [SBDP]: “Miss May Christal, girls’ physical director in the city schools, and Miss Mary Anderson of the Santa Barbara Junior College, who were lost last week for four days and three nights on Santa Cruz Island, returned to their classes and work at the high school this morning. Four days without food weakened the two so that they were not able to take up their work until today.”


April 28, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton went to Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday morning, taking a dozens pupils of the Thacher School, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Thacher, for a short stay in camp on the island.”


April 28, 1916 [SBDN]: “Orders for twenty seals have been received by Captain George M. McGuire, and Captain Ira Eaton, now at the islands in the Sea Wolf, will try to bring back the number that is needed. Among the orders which Captain McGuire has received is one for two seals of a rare species, wanted for the National Park in Washington, D.C.”


May 2, 1916 [SBMP]: “Yesterday afternoon Captain Ira K. Eaton came over from San Miguel Island in the Sea Wolf, bringing Captain Waters and a force of sheep shearers who have been working there for several weeks making the spring clip. Captain Eaton returned to Pelican Bay a few days later to hunt for seals for Captain George M. McGuire, his order being twenty seals.”


May 7, 1916 [SBMP]: “This morning a party of 35 men led by Fred R. Hamilton and E.J. Gourley, will go to Fry's Harbor in the Sea Wolf for a day at that beautiful island harbor.”


May 12, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton goes to San Miguel Island in the Sea Wolf this morning to take Mr. Thatcher, representing the board of underwriters of San Francisco Board of Trade, to investigate certain phases of the wreck of the Norwegian steamer Aggi, which went to pieces on a reef off Santa Rosa Island about a year ago. The Sea Wolf has been chartered for four days for this expedition.”


May 12, 1916 [SBMP]: “A Montecito party has chartered Captain Eaton's Sea Wolf for all of the following week. The party will camp at Pelican Bay and use the boat for fishing excursions and trips up and down and around the island shores during the stay at that charming resort.”


June 3, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton came over from the islands in his powerboat, Sea Wolf, last evening with eight fine seals taken in the island caves for Captain George M. McGuire... On the following Sunday the Sea Wolf will resume its regular Sunday excursions to the islands, the captain having made unusually good arrangements at Pelican Bay for handling the excursion and camping business this season.”


June 16, 1916 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Ira K. Eaton left for Pelican Bay in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, with a lot of lumber and other materials for the building of a store house there, the idea being to establish and operate a general store for the accommodation of campers and others on the island. The captain has his camp in better shape than ever before to handle a large number of outing parties, of which he has made reservations for many. He has twenty-four tents, all comfortably furnished, and is preparing to pipe water to the camp from the excellent spring 1000 feet away, at the foot of the canyon. A new pump has been bought for the pumping of the water, and it will be operated with a gasoline engine that will fill a tank on the bluff.”


June 24, 1916 [SBDN]: “One of the baffling mysteries of the Pacific — the history of a vanished race — may be solved this summer. An expedition is being fitted out here for that purpose. The mystery zone is on the Channel Islands, off the coast of Southern California, and along the coastline where there are many evidences of an earlier people. DeMoss Bowers, famous archaeologist, and Milton Carlson, expert on hieroglyphics, are now making arrangements for the exploration trip… After exploring the coastline, Bowers and Carlson, with their party, will go from Santa Barbara to the Channel Islands on the yacht, Sea Wolf, owned by Captain Ira Eaton...”


June 28, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton went to Pelican Bay in his powerboat, Sea Wolf, yesterday morning, taking a party of Montecito men bent on a fishing cruise…”


July 5, 1916 [FTWS]: “Vanishing race of Channel Islands. New baffling mystery of Pacific… DeMoss Bowers, famous archaeologist, and Milton Carlson, expert on hieroglyphics, are now making arrangements for the exploration trip… After exploring the coastline, Bowers and Carlson, with their party, will go from Santa Barbara to the Channel Islands on the yacht Sea Wolf, owned by Captain Ira Eaton…”


July 9, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from the island in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, yesterday morning, with two seals for Captain McGuire. Captain Eaton will this morning resume his regular Sunday excursion to Pelican Bay. For this trip he will take over about twenty passengers who will have dinner at the island camp and return to the mainland in the evening.”


July 11, 1916 [SBMP]: “Last Sunday evening a happy party of ten people, seven from Santa Barbara and three from Ventura, under the chaperonage of Mrs. Helen K. Sexton, returned from a week’s camping at Dick’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. The campers reported a very enjoyable time at the charming island resort, with fishing luck that included the capture of a big shark. The Sea Wolf took the party over and brought it home.”


July 13, 1916 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira Eaton of the launch Sea Wolf has completed arrangements for summer visitors at Santa Cruz Island by erecting a most complete camp. Already visitors are flocking that way. The fishing is said to be unusually fine.”


July 14, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday to take to Fry’s Harbor this afternoon a party of forty of the State Normal students who will remain on the island until Sunday afternoon…”


July 18, 1916 [SBMP]: “A party of thirty-five Normal students and faculty returned Sunday evening from a few days camping trip to the islands. The party left at 4 o’clock Friday morning on Captain Eaton’s Sea Wolf. It was a regular camping trip as the party roughed-it from beginning to end…”


July 23, 1916 [SBMP]: “Last evening Captain Ira K. Eaton left for the island in the Sea Wolf with a party of forty young men and women bound for Fry’s Harbor, where arrangements have been made by A. Carese, lessee of that harbor, for a big dance and supper, he having had a large dancing floor laid during the past week. The party will return to the mainland tonight.”


July 24, 1916 [SBDP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton took a party of forty young people to Fry’s Harbor Saturday night on the Sea Wolf. A dance was enjoyed there and return was made the same evening.”


July 30, 1916 [SBMP]: “Yesterday afternoon a party composed of Mr. And Mrs. R. W. Coane, Mr. And Mrs. J. F. Murphy, Mr. And Mrs. Neil Sheridan, Miss Doris Overman, Miss Frances Thompson, Charles Shedd and Edwin Pederson, left in Captain Eaton’s powerboat, the Sea Wolf, for Valdez Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. There the party will camp for a week, and much pleasure is anticipated from the sojourn at this beautiful spot.”


August 2, 1916 [SBMP]: “Yesterday Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Santa Cruz Island in the Sea Wolf, and this morning he will take over to Pelican Bay for the day a party of guests of Miramar and the Potter Hotel.”


August 3, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton came over from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday and will return there this morning with another party of campers…”


August 3, 1916 [SBDN]: “Porpoise hunting promises to be real ‘honest to goodness’ and exciting sport to be developed in the Santa Barbara channel. Captain Ira Eaton will start out on the first hunt about the middle of next week, in his boat the Sea Wolf, with a party of Montecito and Santa Barbara sportsmen. Porpoise are now plentiful in the channel and the Captain reports that he has not made a trip across in the last few weeks when the boat has not passed through two or more schools of the big fish. It will be porpoise hunting — not fishing. A hand-thrown harpoon attached to 1500 feet of the stoutest kind of line and with a couple of kegs attached as floaters in case the big fish gets away from the rod, will be used. Captain Eaton has been practicing lately with a gaff and has hit several fish so that he believes it will be possible to strike the porpoise, which run close to the boat, for awhile, after a school of the big fish have been struck. The fish in the Santa Barbara Channel that are called porpoise are more correctly named seahogs, from the long piggish snout that is characteristic of them. They are not the true porpoise nor are they the dolphins that some people call them. A good specimen weighs about two hundred pounds and is one of the strongest pulling and fastest swimming fish known. Captain Eaton believes that the first few porpoise hit will get away with 1500 feet of line before the hunters learn how to handle the fast swimmers. Where porpoises are caught in any numbers the oil is valuable and the hide may be made into razor straps and other articles. The harpoon used is a small affair that hardly penetrates the fat of the fish. The skin is, however, tough enough to hold the strain when the barb opens the fat.”


August 6, 1916 [SBMP]: “Breaking camp at Fry’s Harbor after a week spent in the fullest enjoyment of island delights, the following people returned to the mainland yesterday... The party made the trip on the Sea Wolf...”


August 24, 1916 [SBMP]: “C. L. Lewis, district superintendent of the Postal Telegraph Company at Los Angeles, division electrical engineer of the same company at San Francisco, returned by the Sea Wolf yesterday noon from a ten days’ stay at Fry’s Harbor. The visitors were charmed with the natural beauties of Santa Cruz Island.”


August 27, 1916 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Eaton will take to Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf a party of forty people who will spend the day at that charming island resort and return to the mainland this evening.”


August 29, 1916 [SBMP]: “Thirty-nine people were taken over to Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf by Captain Eaton last Sunday morning. After a delightful day spent at the beautiful island resort, the party returned to the mainland in the evening, all happy over their day’s outing.”


September 3, 1916 [SBMP]: “Terrier keeps long vigil over dead. Wesley Thompson accidentally killed in island canyon. Lying prone on the ground in a canyon at Pelican Bay at the base of a high cliff, the body of Wesley Thompson was found yesterday shortly after noon by Captain Ira Eaton, who had, just a few minutes before, arrived at the bay resort with a small party, including Mrs. Eaton... Under Coroner Ruiz’s instructions the captain will leave in the Sea Wolf this morning for Pelican Bay to bring back the body for an inquest…”


September 5, 1916 [SBMP]: “The coroner’s inquest on the remains of Wesley Thompson, who was found dead in a canyon at Pelican Bay… The remains were brought over in the Sea Wolf Sunday afternoon, and they were buried in Santa Barbara Cemetery yesterday…”


September 17, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain W. G. Waters went to San Miguel Island in the Sea Wolf yesterday morning, accompanied by Mr. Howland, president of the San Clemente Wool Company of San Clemente Island, and superintendent and Mrs. Russell, whose home is on San Miguel Island. Captain Waters and Mr. Howland expect to return to the mainland next Tuesday.”


September 18, 1916 [SBDN]: “Captain W. G. Waters left in the Sea Wolf for San Miguel Island Saturday, accompanied by Mr. Howland, president of San Clemente Island, and superintendent and Mrs. Russell, of San Miguel Island. Captain Waters and Mr. Howland will return to Santa Barbara tomorrow.”


October 1, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton came over from Pelican Bay yesterday morning in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf. He had just returned from San Pedro where he took his craft for some minor repairs and for a decided improvement in the way of a new six-inch ironwood keel which skipper Eaton says will operate to make the boat far steadier in the water.”


October 12, 1916 [SBMP]: “Early yesterday afternoon Captain Ira K. Eaton left for Santa Cruz Island in the Sea Wolf with a commission for the capture of sixteen seals for Captain George M. McGuire...”


December 14, 1916 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, accompanied by a half a dozen experienced fishermen with their nets, will go to the islands in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, this morning after a load of fish…”


December 14, 1916 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira Eaton and several experienced fishermen left this morning in the Sea Wolf for the islands on a fishing trip. They expect to return on Sunday.”


January 17, 1917 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton came over from the islands yesterday morning in the Sea Wolf, with a ton of rock cod—the biggest lot of fish that has come in in one load for some time past. The captain reported rigorous weather and rough water along the island shores for a week or ten days past. He returned to the other side of the channel last evening.”


January 19, 1917 [SBMP]: “In the teeth of a southeast gale, Captain Ira Eaton started out for Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf yesterday afternoon about 2:30 with a company of fifteen moving picture actors in quest of scenery and ‘locations.’ The actor folk represented the Corona Cinema Company of Los Angeles, headed by ‘Scotty’ Beale, son of Louise Hester, and formerly well known here… The strongest impelling force that the company had for starting on this voyage in a storm was the fact that several members of the same company were already at Pelican Bay, where they have been for about a week, and it was felt by the others that they must join them with new stocks of provisions.”


January 27, 1917 [SBMP]: “’Scotty’ Beale’s party of Corona Cinema players returned yesterday from Santa Cruz Island in Captain Ira Eaton’s Sea Wolf, after a ten days’ professional stay. They made the out-bound trip in the face of a heavy gale, but suffered no inconvenience. The return voyage was made delightful. The party went to Los Angeles later in the day.”


February 9, 1917 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton came over from the islands in the Sea Wolf yesterday morning with 2700 pounds of rock cod. After landing his load he at once started on his return to Pelican Bay for another load of fish, expecting to return to the mainland tomorrow.”


February 21, 1917 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, who came over from the islands in the Sea Wolf with a load of fish last Monday night, started away the following morning with a band of sheep shearers who are just about to start on the spring clip for Captain Waters' flock on San Miguel Island. There are about 3500 sheep there, and the work will take from three to four weeks.”


March 21, 1917 [SBMP]: “The Sea Wolf leaves today for San Miguel Island this morning with a dozen sheep shearers who will commence the wool clip on the island flock, a work that will require about two weeks. In the absence of the owner of the boat, Captain Eaton, who is confined to his home by illness, the craft will be sailed by Captain Al Chase.”


May 26, 1917 [SBMP]: “Yesterday morning Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from Pelican Bay in the Sea Wolf, bringing over 15 members of Director Sturgis' company of American Film actors who had spent five days on the island...”


May 26, 1917 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira Eaton, skipper of the Sea Wolf, returned to Santa Barbara yesterday with a company of moving picture actors from the American studios who have been spending the past five days on Santa Cruz Island taking scenes for a screen production. The rugged coastline from Valdez Cave to Pelican Bay was used in the various locations. Captain Eaton expects to take a company of 30 from the Universal Studios in Los Angeles to the island tomorrow. The diversities of scenery make the place an ideal rendezvous for the various movie companies and several different directors have made plans for visiting the place this summer.”


May 31, 1917 [SBDN]: “The third of a series of lectures on navigation was given last night at the Arlington by Commodore James H. Bull to prospective members of the Coast Patrol and other Santa Barbara residents interested in nautical affairs… Captain Ira Eaton will have charge of the crew on board Sea Wolf, it was stated, and Captain Ed Gourley will command the men assigned to the Royal. Several trips will be taken to the islands it is thought…”


June 29, 1917 [SBDN]: “Yesterday 25 members of the Marine Film Company of Los Angeles were taken to Santa Cruz Island by Captain Ira Eaton on the Sea Wolf.”


July 13, 1917 [SBDNI]: “The Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton’s boat, came in this morning from San Miguel Island where she had taken a party of campers. She will return to the island tomorrow.”


July 17, 1917 [SBMP]: “Myron R. Bergen, for the past ten years well known in this city as an upholsterer, was found drowned at Pelican Bay Sunday morning, and thus far the cause is enshrouded in mystery. A week ago last Sunday Mr. Bergen went to Pelican Bay with Captain Ira Eaton in the Sea Wolf. Staying ashore during the day, at night he slept in the cabin of the boat, with men who constituted the crew, the captain sleeping ashore. Mr. Bergen went to bed Tuesday night, but the next morning he was not aboard...”


July 26, 1917 [SBNP]: “Captain Ira Eaton left yesterday with a large party in his power boat, Sea Wolf for Santa Cruz Island.”


August 3, 1917 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira Eaton leaves this afternoon in the Sea Wolf for Santa Cruz Island with a party of 30 State Normal school students, who will camp on the island until Monday morning.”


August 3, 1917 [SBMP]: “This evening captain Ira K. Eaton will leave in his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, for Fry's Harbor, taking a party of 30 State Normal students who will camp at that delightful spot until next Monday morning.”


August 7, 1917 [SBMP]: “Camp at Lady’s Harbor. Last Sunday morning Guilford Kimberly and a party of seven of his men friends left in the Sea Wolf for two weeks’ camping at Lady’s Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. Mr. Kimberly is a past (and resent) master at island camping, and as he always takes with him to the island shores those who are of congenial tastes, they may be sure of a pleasant time in their outing.”


August 21, 1917 [SBDN]: “…Captain G. W. Gourley, who accompanied the Ortuna yachtsmen on the cruise [to Santa Cruz, San Miguel and San Nicolas islands], returned from Santa Cruz Island on the Sea Wolf yesterday.”


September 18, 1917 [SBMP]: “The Alamo Club of Summerland took a trip to the islands Sunday in the Sea Wolf.”


September 18, 1917 [SBDN]: “The Sea Wolf, in charge of Captain Ira Eaton, has returned from Santa Cruz Island with members of the Alamo Club of Summerland, who spent Sunday fishing and exploring on the island.”


September 24, 1917 [SBDN]: “Kelp beds are proving veritable gold mines on Santa Cruz Island for a number of young men, according to news brought from the island by members of a big Sunday excursion, who returned last night. It was explained to the excursionists that six young fellows have discovered the potash values in kelp, and are burning the kelp on the island beach, gathering up the ashes, and extracting 45 percent potash, which it is stated, is netting them an average of $45 a day. They harvest the kelp from rowboats, dry it on the sands, and set the dry kelp heaps afire. Their activities, it is reported, have attracted interests which are now seeking to curtail their work, as an effort will be made to drive them from the island. It is stated that the kelp beds are close in shore, and more densely matted than the beds of kelp that line the channel just off Santa Barbara. As the kelp belongs to the government, and the boys are said not to have a license to harvest it, the excursionists do not believe their activities will be long continued. Among the excursionists who made the trip in the Sea Wolf with Captain Ira Eaton were Mr. and Mrs. Knapp, Mrs. O. R. Sayar, Mrs. Harry Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Reed, Miss Yates, Sidney Lingham, Dr. H. C. Sexton, two sons of Dr. Goodrich, and several friends with Mr. De Ponce. Three whales were sighted, spouting vigorously. The excursionists made Pelican Bay, where a son of the late Senator Bard is entertaining friends.”


November 17, 1917 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton came over from Prisoners’ Harbor in the Sea Wolf yesterday morning and returned to the same island port in the afternoon with mail and supplies for the Caire ranch. The Sea Wolf is handling the transportation matters from the ranch named during the absence of Caire’s power schooner, Santa Cruz, while the latter craft is undergoing an overhauling at San Pedro…”


November 21, 1917 [SBMP]: “This morning Captain Ira K. Eaton leaves in the Sea Wolf for Santa Cruz Island with a party of a dozen men from Ventura for a three-days’ fishing cruise. All of the Channel Islands will be visited, and the party may extend the cruise to San Nicolas Island.”


November 21, 1917 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira Eaton left this morning in the Sea Wolf with a party of Ventura men for a three days’ fishing trip and cruise among the island. The trip will extend to San Nicolas Island, 85 miles off the coast.”


November 17, 1917 [SBDN]: “A party of goose hunters will leave tonight for Santa Cruz Island on the Sea Wolf, on which Captain Ira K. Eaton is making regular trips to and from the island now. The party includes Lloyd Freeze, Malcolm and Allan Loughead, W. J. Seaward, William J. Wilson, Fred Low, Fred Hendricks. Hunters returning from Santa Cruz Island report geese plentiful there.”


January 6, 1918 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton, who returned last Friday night in the Sea Wolf from San Pedro where he put his craft through a course of repainting and general overhauling, goes to the island this morning on a fishing trip. Coming up from the lower port, the captain towed a towboat, the Merwiss, to this port. The craft will be used at Goleta in the towing of kelp barges operating in that local city.”


June 11, 1918 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton has taken an interest in the Central Market, and extensive alterations are being made to take care of fish sales as well as of meats. Captain Eaton has started from San Pedro for the islands to catch a load to fish for the Friday’s demand, and has also made arrangements both from San Pedro and San Francisco to receive supplies of the various fish in demand here. Captain Eaton is one of the best known seamen on the coast, and for many years has had charge of vessels having Santa Barbara as their home port, and as master of the Sea Wolf he has been doing a large passenger business, as well as bringing fish. He has become widely known through his summer camp at Santa Cruz Island, and is now lessee from the government of Anacapa Island, where he has a big flock of sheep.”


July 2, 1917 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira Eaton has succeeded in out-bidding Captain Bay Webster for the government leaase on Anacapa Island, and today took possession of the island, where, since 1907 Webster with his sheep has been sole possessor. Eaton bid $607 for the lease, which extends over a period of five years. There are 800 acres on the island, mostly rugged mountain sides and, it is said, but one spring, this flowing a brackish water which the sheep do not like. Webster had 500 sheep, and came away with some of these, and 1400 pounds of wool. Eaton bought some of the flock, and will continue to raise sheep for the wool, at the same time popularizing the island as a summer camping spot. He proposes to run the Sea Wolf as a passenger boat from Santa Barbara, Ventura and Hueneme to the island, and will erect tents for his patrons. The place is said to be interesting because of the many caves.”


July 12, 1917 [SBDN]: “The Sea Wolf put to sea on a fishing trip o San Miguel Island, planning to return by way of Point Conception. The fishing banks to be visited are the finest in the channel, and the prospect is that the boat will put back to port with a big catch of fine fish of many varieties for the Central Fish and Meat Market. The market is now selling Santa Cruz Island mussels, brought by the Sea Wolf from the island rocks, where mussels grow big and fat.”


July 16, 1918 [OC]: “Dr. and Mrs. Livingston and Mrs. J. T. Donlon and party have gone to Santa Cruz Island instead of Catalina Island. They went yesterday from Santa Barbara on Captain Eaton’s launch Sea Wolf. They plan to remain about a month on the island.”


August 8, 1918 [SBDN]: “The Sea Wolf, Ira K. Eaton, captain, came into port Wednesday with 1200 pounds of fine fish, including sheepshead, white fish, rock cod and other edible varieties. Mrs. Eaton also returned on this trip, having maintained a camp for the last 10 days for a big party of Montecito people, and others. Dr. Livinsgton and his party returned with Captain Eaton from the island camp. Fishing is good, and all the campers have enjoyed the greatest kind of sport in this line. One of the sights is the flying fish, which are said to be skimming about along the island surf by hundreds, attracted by the fine feeding grounds.”


August 15, 1918 [SBDN]: “Everyone has a chance to eat the finest channel-caught fish today. The Sea Wolf got in Wednesday with a big cargo of the finest fish, the catch including many varieties, so customers at the Central Fish and Meat Market have a choice today of every fish worth eating.”


September 27, 1918 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira K. Eaton returned from the islands in the Sea Wolf last evening with about two tons of fish for his Central Market, 525 State Street. The cargo included yellowtail, sea bass, rock bass, albacore and smelt. This was the largest haul made at the island fishing grounds since the recent violent disturbance of those waters began about ten days ago.”


October 2, 1918 [SBMP]: “Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Glover have returned from chaperoning a party of 20 to Santa Cruz Island. The start was made early Sunday morning in the commodious Sea Wolf…”


January 12, 1919 [SBMP]: “The launch Sea Wolf, Capt. Ira Eaton, has been taken to San Pedro, for the purpose of being refitted, preparatory to handling summer trade in channel waters.”


January 13, 1919 [SBDN]: “Captain Ira Eaton’s launch Sea Wolf, which is being dolled up at San Pedro, will be ready for use soon, and the captain will take a trip south and bring her back to her home in the channel Waters. Captain Eaton, who is now employed by the Larco Fish market, will then use the Sea Wolf to drag net for halibut. It is rumored that he contemplates making some improvements in his camp on Santa Cruz Island for the summer trade, when the Sea Wolf plies back and forth with passengers to the islands.”


February 22, 1919 [SBMP]: “After an absence from the island more than a year, J. R. Moore, owner of San Miguel Island, arrived yesterday from Florida, and at once proceeded to cross the channel to inspect his domain. The Sea Wolf was chartered for the occasion...”


February 22, 1919 [OC]: “J. R. Moore of Boston, one of the owners of San Miguel Island, has just returned from army training, and left today on the Sea Wolf, Captain Ira K. Eaton for the island, where he expects to spend several days fishing and enjoying freedom far out on the blue Pacific. Mr. Moore bought a half interest in the island, his partner in ownership [Robert L. Brooks] being now in the service of his country.”


February 26, 1919 [ODC]: “Setting out on an expedition to find the skeleton of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first white man to set foot on California shores, and buried in an undiscovered grave on San Miguel Island many years ago, J. R. Moore, millionaire owner of the island, yesterday sailed from Santa Barbara for his small domain… Moore, who lives in Santa Barbara, but who has been in Florida for a year, and who only recently returned to his California home, chartered the Sea Wolf, a private yacht, for the trip…”


March 6, 1919 [SBDN]: “Mrs. Ira K. Eaton sailed for Santa Cruz Island this morning in the Sea Wolf, going to prepare camp at Pelican Bay for a party of 30 members of the Fox Film Company, who are coming up from Los Angeles to spend a week or more filming pictures.”


April 2, 1919 [SBDN]: “Braving the perils of the Santa Barbara channel in the Sea Wolf, Captain Ira K. Eaton, a party of seven from the Belvedere Hotel will leave tomorrow morning for the Channel Islands for a day’s trip. They are Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Ellinger with two guests, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Herold, and A. K. Bennett, assistant manager of the Belvedere. The party will visit Santa Cruz Island, visit Valdez Cave on the famous scenic spot of the islands. They will also hunt the wild boar. The islands are one of the few spots which now remain comparatively easy of access where wild boar may be found. The vessel will reach the islands about 10:30 o’clock, return at midafternoon, reaching the mainland in time for dinner.”


May 30, 1919 [SBMP]: “The Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton, docked at the pier yesterday morning from San Pedro. She tarried in the southern harbor long enough to have a portion of her hull repainted. She leaves this morning for Fry’s Harbor with a cargo of provisions.”


June 6, 1919 [SBMP]: “Craft of every description, freight haulers, passenger ships, pirate brigs, from one mast up, have sailed the placid waters that form Santa Barbara’s channel. Those persons whose course happened to be the coast highway Tuesday morning were, however, filled with a deep curiosity, tinged with a certain doubt but their eyes belied them, when they glimpsed, riding the swells down the east coast, a weird sea-going device not before seen by mortal man. A pontoon raft, rigged with a square sail, manned by a lone mariner, equipped with a couple of steering breeches, was what met their incredulous gaze. But she rode jauntily onward, proving to the onlookers that the habiliments of a steam yacht, or upholstered passenger steamer, are not necessary in the realms of true seamanship. Captain George Gourley, whose headquarters are Stearn’s Wharf, was the captain, second mate, cabin boy and pilot of the pontoon craft, and 30 minutes was the time made between the wharf and Miramar. When Bob Doulton, whose father is the owner of the Miramar, was asked what he considered an exorbitant price for towing the Miramar swimming raft down the coast, he sought Gourley for advice. Young Doulton, who but recently returned from the navy, is no mean seaman himself, and so far as captain is concerned there are none better. Together they figured out the idea of sailing the little raft to her destination on her own ‘power.’ Arriving off the Miramar beach, the intrepid pilot of the vessel was met by a bevy of mermaids who swam to the raft in high glee, and showered the captain with salt water and praise.”


June 10, 1919 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton returned with the Sea Wolf from the islands Sunday, where, with his sealing crew, he spent 10 days in an unavailing quest for sea lions, on an order from Captain George McGuire. He reported the waters in the island caves where the seals are found so tempestuous that the disappointed hunters finally sought other fields in hopes of better luck at Santa Barbara Island. The result of this, however, was still worse fortune, for here they not only failed to secure any of the game sought, but through ground swells of terrific force, two big nets, valued at $200 each, were lost. The captain is not given to dismay over disaster, however, and yesterday he and his crew returned to Santa Cruz Island with the material for replacement of the lost tackle, to resume their quest for seals.”


June 10, 1919 [SBDNI]: “Captain Ira Eaton of the Sea Wolf is mourning the loss of two valuable nets swept overboard last week while hunting seals off Santa Barbara Island. Eaton and his crew spent ten days in an unsuccessful survey of the island coves, where they went in quest of seals and sea lions to fill an order from Captain George McGuire. Weather conditions and the roughness of the water were mainly responsible for the crew’s failure and Eaton expects to return soon with new apparatus, and every hope of success.”


July 16, 1919 [SBMP]: “The launch Sea Wolf, Captain Ira K. Eaton at the helm, conducted a merry and enthusiastic party of sightseers from the Hotel Belvedere to Santa Cruz Island for an all day trip. After the cruise along the island coast and a trip into the famous Painted Cave, the visitors expressed amazement that the beauties of the romantic island were not more widely known. Among the party were tourists who have visited the wonder spots of the world, but they declared that never in their travels had they seen anything to equal the grandeur and coloring of the Painted Cave. So enamored of the scenery found there were Miss Lillian Genth and Miss A. B. Seigher, artists from the Genth Studio of New York City, that they remained at Eaton’s camp on Pelican Bay, where they expected to sketch for a couple of weeks… Sea Wolf steamed for the island at 7:30 yesterday morning, returning to the pier at 6:30 in the evening.”


July 16, 1919 [SBDNI]: “A dozen Belvedere guests yesterday visited Santa Cruz Island aboard Captain Ira Eaton’s boat, the Sea Wolf. The party toured the coast of the island and spent much time at the Painted Cave. Two of the party, Miss Lillian Genth and Miss A. B. Seigher, of the Genth Studios, New York, remained at Pelican Bay to sketch for a week.”


August 15, 1919 [CDC]: “…The [Santa Cruz] Island management has been adverse to permitting campers on the island in considerable numbers, but occasional trips are made to it by Captain Ira Eaton in his ship, the Sea Wolf, with vacation parties…”


September 7, 1919 [SBMP]: “Nature Study Club explores beauty spots of Santa Cruz Island, by C. M. Glover… The head of the Nature Club is not usually keen for the study of nature, howbeit, he became interested in submarine gardens as soon as the Sea Wolf left her mooring… The Painted Cave of fairy grotto toward the west end of Santa Cruz Island was the first stop… Rounding a rocky promontory into Pelican Bay a scene of rare beauty was set before the visitors… the yacht Caprice with white sails set tugged at her moorings, while her crew of merry makers dived from her decks… The facilities of Captain Eaton’s culinary department were talk to the utmost… ”


March 28, 1920 [LAT]: “For a week of wild boar hunting on Santa Cruz Island four local sportsmen have chartered the forty-foot yacht Sea Wolf, and will sail from Santa Barbara Wednesday morning. The expedition will be in charge of Captain Ira K. Eaton. The boar hunters are John Edwin Hogg, Frank Sawyer, Ferdinand Gay and Philip Johnson. They will establish a camp at Willow slough inlet as a base for hunting activities in the interior of the wild rugged island. According to Captain Eaton, some of the old tuskers are large and fierce and provide the most thrilling and dangerous sport to be found anywhere within a radius of 2000 miles of Los Angeles.”


August 5, 1920 [SBMP]: “Launch Sea Wolf attacked by swordfish. ‘Bulldog’ of the deep gets little surprise. Swordfish are naturally vicious. They are also known as ‘bulldogs’ of the deep and when in battle they work deadly havoc with an opponent. Attacks by swordfishes on ocean-going ships are so common as to be included among sea risks. The cause which excites swordfishes to attack boats is unknown, but they follow instinct so blindly that they have become a menace to navigation in a large sense. Captain Ira K. Eaton, of the schooner Sea Wolf, related yesterday an incident wherein a swordfish collided with his craft in the channel Waters as few weeks ago. The Sea Wolf was speeding from Santa Cruz Island to the mainland when a swordfish made a dash toward a forward end of the boat and crashed head on. The little vessel faltered for but a moment and the last Captain Eaton saw of the swordfish was the flip of the tail as it disappeared well to starboard. When the captain had his boat in dry-dock recently his attention was called to a jagged hole in the keel. The specimen of planking had been pierced by the weapon of the swordfish as enclosed was the broken end of the sword 3 inches long, as if the fish had the object of concentrating its attack on the same vulnerable spot of its supposed enemy. The part of the sword which penetrated the Sea Wolf’s keel was broken off sharp and remained firmly embedded in the wood, the conclusion being advanced that the fish was unable to execute sufficient powerful backward movement to free itself by extricating the sword. The power required to produce such an effect upon a boat of the Sea Wolf’s type is described by Captain Eaton as the accumulated force of 15 double handed hammers. Instances have been cited where swordfish have driven their weapon through copper sheathing, oak-planking and timber to a depth of nearly 10 inches.”


September 8, 1920 [SBMP]: “Having braved the perils of the deep where they found fishing good, particularly for halibut, upon which a new and enticing bait was said to have been used, 34 Santa Barbarans returned late Monday from a two-day pilgrimage to Cueva Valdez Harbor, Santa Cruz Island …The party left Stearn’s Wharf early Sunday morning on the Sea Wolf, Captain Ira K. Eaton, returning to the mainland Monday evening very much impressed with their outing…”


February 3, 1921 [SBMP]: “The seals were unloaded at Stearn’s Wharf yesterday by Captain Ira K. Eaton of the schooner, Sea Wolf, the consignment having been ordered by Captain George McGuire who plans shipping the specimens to England for exhibition purposes. Captain Eaton captured the seals in and about the caves on Santa Cruz Island.”


October 7, 1921 [LAT]: “Twenty-five seals from Santa Cruz Island will be shipped to Chicago to form part of a zoological collection being gathered over the world by Mrs. Harold McCormick, who proposes, it is said, to donate the ‘zoo’ to Cook County. Captain Ira K. Eaton of the Sea Wolf will have a chance of catching the seals. He has succeeded Captain George M. McGuire in the seal shipping business here, and has his crew ready to make the McCormick catch as soon as telegraphic instructions are received from Chicago, where a retreat for them is being made ready.”


February 23, 1922 [LAT]: “Two large seals caught at Santa Cruz Island and booked for importation to London, went on hunger strike and for two weeks refused to eat, finally winning their freedom today be persistency. They were landed here in crates two weeks ago and seal trainers used every imaginable lure to get the creatures to eat. Live fish netted from the sea were offered them each day, but they would toss them from the crates. Today it was decided the seals would die of hunger before they could be delivered to the importers in New York, so they were released from the wharf. Striking the open sea, the two dived into a fisherman’s net, fed upon his catch and before he could release them they had broken through and escaped. Trainers declare this is the first time a Santa Cruz Island seal refused to eat in captivity.”


February 8, 1923 [SBMP]: “A corral is being constructed on Stearn’s Wharf in order to handle the sheep brought over each year from Santa Cruz Island on the Sea Wolf for market purposes, according to Captain Ira Eaton. Captain Eaton’s boat is now in San Pedro, repairs having not yet been finished. The boat is being lengthened 11 feet and painted throughout.”


March 17, 1923 [SBMP]: “Engineers will survey island water line. Equipped with lifelines, first accurate map will be made. Frank F. Flournoy, one of the referees appointed to partition Santa Cruz Island, will leave with a party of six surveyors Monday morning to make a detailed survey of the island. Mr. Flournoy, accompanied by George W. McComber and H. J. Doulton, the other referees, returned Thursday night from their initial trip. Making a complete cruise around the island in the Sea Wolf, under Captain Ira Eaton, they located nine camps for the survey to begin Monday...”


September 21, 1923 [SBMP]:Sea Wolf skipper clears fortune. Captain Eaton expects to clear $20,000 from Cuba salvage. Loaded to the gunwales with salvage of all kinds, the launch Sea Wolf, Captain Ira Eaton, returned yesterday from the scene of the wreck of the Pacific Mail liner Cuba, on the northern end of San Miguel Island. Captain Eaton spent several days at the scene of the disaster, taking off all saleable articles, following the admission of the Pacific Mail Company that no attempt would be made to salvage the contents of the steamer. The powerboat, Marcella, of Los Angeles, has been at the scene of the wreck for the past week, and daily brings salvage to Stearn’s Wharf, where it is sold for whatever it will bring. The radio outfit of the Cuba was brought to Santa Barbara Wednesday, and was still unsold yesterday. Several amateur adventurers are thinking of chartering a boat to save a bit of the cargo of the coffee that is still intact in the hold of the vessel.”


October 19, 1923 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton of the Sea Wolf is expected to return to Santa Barbara today with 10 seals from Santa Cruz Island. An order was received Wednesday from an eastern firm, according to Harry Greenwood, and Captain Eaton left immediately to fill the order. Upon is return here he will take on a crew to work on the wreck of the steamer Cuba on the north end of San Miguel Island, leaving some time this evening.”


February 28, 1925 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton of the Sea Wolf left for Santa Cruz Island yesterday to trap 40 seals to fill orders received by George M. McGuire. According to Mr. McGuire, a telegraphic order for 35 seals, one of the largest ever received, came to him yesterday and Captain Eaton was immediately dispatched to the island. The seal trapping season is just opening in Santa Barbara from where most of the trained animals in captivity are secured. Captain Eaton will endeavor to bring in the entire 40 in one load which will be a record capture if he is successful.”


July 7, 1926 [SBDN]: “Early yesterday afternoon a company of forty-nine actors, directors and mechanics of the Fox Film Company returned on the Sea Wolf from Santa Cruz Island where they had been filming The Devil’s Master…”


August 21, 1926 [SBCS]: “Santa Barbara, Aug. 20. In an attempt to be the first to swim from Santa Cruz Island to the mainland, a distance greater than across the English Channel, Zane Steenrod, telephone lineman, will take the water off Point Diablo between 10 and 12 o’clock tomorrow night. The Sea Wolf has been chartered to convoy Steenrod on his swim and a limited number of passengers will be taken along. The distance from Point Diablo to the Santa Barbara mainland is 26 miles. The English Channel is 22 miles.”


August 23, 1926 [LAT]: “Swimmer fails in attempt at Santa Barbara Channel. An attempt to swim the twenty-two mile channel between Santa Cruz Island and the Santa Barbara mainland failed early today when Zane Steenrod, well known in Atlantic Coast aquatic circles, left the water after swimming for five hours. Steenrod, escorted by the launch Sea Wolf, started his swim at midnight from Point Diablo, expecting to finish the distance to the mainland in from sixteen to eighteen hours.”


February 4, 1926 [SBMP]: “It was recently reported by those close in touch with the owners of Santa Cruz Island that geologists and engineers are reported to be in the party which will embark on the Sea Wolf February 20 and return February 22.”


June 18, 1927 [SBMP]: “Members of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club will leave this afternoon on the annual cruise to Santa Cruz Island. They will spend the night in the tent city on the island and return tomorrow afternoon. Captain Ira Eaton’s Sea Wolf will be the flagship of the cruise and will take many of the members across the channel. Several other boats also will make the trip. An interesting program is being arranged by Bob Cornwall, secretary of the club, and who is in charge of the arrangements.”


July 12, 1927 [SBMP]: “A. J. Grier, breakwater contractor, was named defendant in a suit for $305 on account, filed in Superior Court by Ira K. Eaton yesterday. The complaint alleges that the contractor owes the amount for hauling of supplies to Santa Cruz Island by Eaton, who is the owner of the boat.”


January 3, 1928 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton yesterday succeeded in raising the sunken hull of his powerboat, the Sea Wolf, which went down during the Christmas day storm, and salvaged one of the two diesel engines, each of which is valued at $4000. He declared last night that he expects to remove the other engine today, after which the hull probably will float, and will be inspected to determine whether it can be repaired. The hull was raised after a diver had descended to the ocean floor and placed a line on it, and two fishing boats had used the combined power of their winches to pull it to the surface. Before both engines could be salvaged the line slipped off and the hull sank back out of sight again. It probably will be brought to the surface again this morning. The Sea Wolf was sunk after it had dragged its anchor and had been blown against the eastern side of Stearn’s Wharf where it pounded against the wharf. The boat was valued at $15,000 by Captain Eaton, and carried no insurance. It was used for trips to Santa Cruz Island.”


January 4, 1928 [SBMP]: “With the aid of the powerful derrick barge used in the construction of the breakwater, Captain Ira Eaton’s powerboat, the Sea Wolf, was raised from the bottom of the ocean and placed on Stearn’s Wharf yesterday morning. Captain Eaton and his men began removing the diesel engine with which it was powered and which will be overhauled and put in running order again. The hull of the craft was badly battered where it had pounded against the wharf during the Christmas day storm, and it is probable that no attempt to repair it will be made. The superstructure was entirely missing, only a portion of the bottom remaining. The diesel engine salvaged by Captain Eaton is valued at $4000.”


May 29, 1928 [SBMP]: “Captain Ira Eaton, whose powerboat Sea Wolf was wrecked during the Christmas day storm, is constructing a new boat which will be completed next month.”