Young America

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Young America (#27546) (1859-1912?), San Francisco built 51-foot sloop purchased by the Santa Cruz Island Company as one of the first vessels to service the island. Young America received her tonnage admeasurement certificate #1511 on July 8, 1865. The master of the vessel at the time was C. Gunderson. The name of the builder was not listed.

Young America first appears in the Second Annual Edition of the List of Merchant Vessels of the United States [MVUS] in 1869 as a sloop [1 mast]. She is listed with this rigging through 1886. From 1887 through 1912 Young America is listed as a schooner [2 or more masts]. She drops from the MVUS after 1912. What became of her is unknown.

From February 25, 1895 until June 30, 1903 an official postal station serviced by Young America was located on Santa Cruz Island at Prisoners' Harbor. The station was called La Playa. Arthur J. Caire, older son of Justinian Caire, was commissioned as postmaster.

» La Playa, Santa Cruz Island



In the News~

May 17, 1884 [DAC]: “The following marine transfers were recorded yesterday at the Custom House: Jacon Kelting to Christian Decker et al., the sloop Young America, 22.74 tons, for $400...”


May 21, 1884 [DAC]: “Notice. — Any claims against the sloop Young America must be presented before JUNE 15th to C. Decker, 744 Fourth Street, or they will not be allowed.”


April 7, 1891 [SBMP]: “The Sloop Young America arrived from Santa Cruz Island yesterday to take over the mail.”


April 12, 1891 [SBMP]: “The sloop Young America, belonging to the Santa Cruz Island Company, arrived here yesterday from the Island with several laborers. The sloop will return this morning.”


April 22, 1891 [SBMP]: “Sloop Young America has arrived from Santa Cruz Island with mail and dispatches.”


September 4, 1891 [SBMP]: “The sloop Young America arrived Wednesday evening from Santa Cruz Island.”


December 2, 1891 [SBMP]: “The sloop Young America went to Santa Cruz Island yesterday.”


January 19, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The sloop Young America arrived yesterday morning for Santa Catalina Island.”


April 5, 1892 [SBMP]: “It is reported from Santa Cruz Island that the sloop Young America, having on board a party of sheep shearers, was capsized near Prisoners' Harbor. No one was drowned.”


July 3, 1892 [SBMP]: “The sloop Young America arrived from Santa Cruz Island yesterday.”


July 20, 1892 [SBMP]: “The sloop Young America came over from Santa Cruz Island yesterday.”


August 31, 1892 [SBMP]: “The Young America, the mail boat of Santa Cruz Island, arrived yesterday.”


September 14, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The Young America, a mail boat from Santa Cruz, touched here yesterday morning.”


September 16, 1892 [LAT/SB]: “The Young America came over from Santa Cruz Island. but had not heard of the wreck [of the Goldenhorn].”


September 28, 1892 [SBMP]: “The Young America, the Santa Cruz Island mail boat, arrived from the island yesterday afternoon.”


September 29, 1892 [SBMP]: “The Young America sailed for Santa Cruz Island yesterday afternoon.”


October 18, 1892 [SBMP]: “The Santa Cruz Island mail boat, Young America, arrived in the harbor Sunday afternoon.”


October 29, 1892 [SBMP]: “The Young America, the Santa Cruz Island mail boat, is in from the islands.”


November 13, 1892 [SBMP]: “The sloop Young America, the Santa Cruz Island mail boat, is in from the island.”


May 14, 1893 [SBMP]: “The sloop Young America from Santa Cruz Island arrived in the harbor yesterday afternoon.”


May 16, 1893 [SBMP]: “The sloop Young America, the Santa Cruz Island mail boat, left for the island yesterday.”


June 13, 1893 [SBDI]: “The sloop Young America, the Santa Cruz Island mail boat, arrived today.”


June 15, 1893 [SBMP]: “The Young America sailed for the islands yesterday afternoon.”


March 2, 1894 [SBMP]: “The schooner Young America has taken the place of the gasoline schooner plying between this place and the islands. The latter has gone to San Francisco for repairs.”


March 23, 1894 [SBMP]: “The sloop Liberty from San Miguel Island, Young America from Santa Cruz, and the schooner Santa Rosa from Santa Rosa Island were in the harbor yesterday.”