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Vixen (#) (c. 1905-1905)

In the News~

March 14, 1904 [SBMP]: “Sunday’s severe storm — launches and small craft demolished in bay… Every small boat that was taken from the water on Saturday has either been sunk or washed ashore. The Pride, Alleen and Prima María are totally destroyed, and the Coquita lost and sunk, aggregating a property loss of about $7000. The Fortuna, Chispa, Kingfisher and Cady have been sunk, with a chance of being raised from the bottom of the ocean and repaired… The Belvedere and the Vixen were damaged less than any of the sailboats in the water…”

January 28, 1905 [SBMP]: “The builders of the yacht Vixen, Messrs. Seeley and Leach, started yesterday for a cruise of two days around Santa Cruz Island. Since the launch of the Vixen, this is their first trial trip for the distance that will be covered. The owners have sought this occasion to test her behavior in the channel waters.”

February 2, 1905 [SBWP]: “Vixen Sails for Santa Cruz. The builders of the yacht Vixen, Messrs Seeley & Leach, started yesterday for a cruise of two days around Santa Cruz Island. Since the launching of the Vixen, this is her first trial trip for the distance thatwill be covered. The owners have sought this occasion to test her behavior in the channel waters.”

February 21, 1905 [SBMP]: “Orin Seely, one of the manufacturers of the new sail boat Vixen, is at present camped on Santa Cruz Island. He has taken the boat in to dock there, and is giving her an extra coat of paint between the high tides. J. M. Aiken and William Lehndorff are Mr. Seely’s guests on the trip, and are reported to be having a good time fishing and hunting on the island.”

February 22, 1905 [SBMP]: “The sailboat Vixen came in last night from an eight day excursion to Santa Cruz Island, having Orin Seeley, J. M. Aiken and William Lehndorff on board. The young men had some exciting experiences with the storms that swept the ocean and the island during their trip, but managed to enjoy themselves on clear days by hunting wild boars on land and fish in the ocean…”

February 28, 1905 [SBMP]: “An effort is being made between the owners of the Vixen and Alleen, rival sailboats, for a match race in the channel to test their respective speed limits…”

April 22, 1905 [SBMP]: “Yesterday afternoon Mr. George E. Voorhes, Coert Voorhes and Albert Stafford returned from a short trip to Santa Cruz Island in the sloop Vixen.”

April 29, 1905 [SBMP]: “The Vixen will have a party out trolling today and expects to catch a large number of fish.”

May 8, 1905 [LAT/SB]: “Craft in danger. Heavy sea at Santa Barbara… A number of small sailboats and power launches that have been built or repaired since the last storm are now at the Channel Islands, and some anxiety is felt as to their safety. Among the crafts that are at the islands are the Vixen, the Irene, Prima María, Portula, Peerless, and Walker’s launch. Bagley’s Nautilus and Gourley’s Belvedere are out riding the storm here.”

May 20, 1905 [SBMP]: “Several large parties will leave the city today and tomorrow in powerboats for cruises and fishing expeditions about the Channel Islands. The Irene, Vixen, Peerless and several other boats will take out parties.”

June 17, 1905 [SBMP]: “Don Leach accompanied by his father, E. A. Leach, and Edward Stafford left yesterday morning in his sailboat Vixen from San Pedro. They expect to enter the Vixen in the yacht race that comes off next Sunday. The course is from San Pedro to Santa Barbara Island and return. The Vixen is one of the swiftest boats in these matters, and she stands a fair show of winning some of the prizes.”

August 28, 1906 [SBMP]: “The sailboat Vixen, in charge of Captain Don Leach, made a trip to Santa Cruz Island on Saturday with Edgar Montague, Morace Johnstone, Horace Sexton, and Teddy Conant aboard...”

November 24, 1905 [SBMP]: “Yacht Vixen washed ashore. Breaks from her mooring as a result of heavy swells. A strong southeast wind started early yesterday morning and waged all day, and the indications for rain were good. The channel was very rough, large swells rolling in and white caps were visible as far out as the eye could reach. Most of the boatmen feared a repetition of the last March’s big storm that destroyed most of the mosquito fleet, as the wind yesterday was from the same direction and carried indications of rain. Most of the small boats were taken out or put in sheltered places, and those which were taken well out from shore and were firmly fastened to buoys, no one attempted to go out on the channel after the wind storm got well started, and all boating and fishing was discontinued. Thus far only one boat was wrecked by the storm. The Vixen, Orin Seeley’s pretty little sailboat, and the swiftest pleasure yacht in these waters, broke from her mooring early in the afternoon and drifted into the railroad wharf before the gale. She struck the wharf with great force, badly crushing her hull, and slipping under the wharf was stripped of her rigging. The boat washed in under the Santa Barbara lumberyard pier and was hauled up on the sand as far as possible and tied down so as to prevent further beating against the piles. This was done at low tide, however, and the boat may be further damaged by the heavy waves that will roll in with the high tides. Two hundred dollars will repair the damage suffered by the Vixen in the afternoon...”

November 25, 1905 [SBMP]: “The sailboat Vixen which was wrecked during the southeast gale Thursday afternoon, was hauled up from its position under the pier of the Santa Barbara Lumber Company yesterday afternoon, and will be repaired at the shop of its owner, Orin Seeley. The boat was stripped of its rigging, but Mr. Seeley thinks he can repair it at an expense that was at first reported.”