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Ventura (#) (-)

In the News~

July 10, 1873 [SBDMT]: “The steamer Ventura, with something over two hundred persons on board, left Stearn’s Wharf at nine o’clock on the morning of the 4th, bound for Santa Cruz Island. The vessel reached her destination at 12 o’clock, and the excursionists at once debarked and repaired to the magnificent grove near the seashore. The exercises were of an informal character, and consisted of a prayer by Rev. Dr. Bentley, reading of the Declaration of Independence by Mr. Fawcett, a short speech by Mr. Johnson in reply to a sentiment offered by Mr. Bentley, and a very handsome little speech by Captain Goodall, in reply to ‘The Commerce of the United States’…”