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Zingara (foreground) and Emerald
Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, 1922
Zingara, Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island

Zingara (#219887) (1920-1931), 52-foot 23-gross ton gasoline-powered Gloucester schooner built in Thomaston, Maine caught fire and exploded off Anacapa Island in November 1931. Zingara had been sold by W. H. Yule of Carpinteria to Frank Conroy of Hollywood just four months before the accident. Her regular captain, William Larsen, was not on board this trip. The two people on board were saved. [MVUS 1932, p. 967]

In the News~

June 9, 1926 [TI/Avalon]: “An interesting visitor in the bay off the Tuna Club last Saturday was the aux-schooner Zingara, recently purchased by Mr. W. H. Yule of Santa Barbara, who is a member of the Tuna Club and also of the Santa Barbara Yaht Club. The Zingara was designed and built by Charles Morse and Son of Thomaston, Maine, during the winter of 1919-1920. She is sixty feet over all on the water line, 14 feet 11 inch beam and eight feet nine inch draft. Her original name was Lloyd W. Berry, which was changed to Farallone after she became the property of Mr. L. A. Norris of San Francisco, who sold her to Mr. Yule. Mr. Roger Griswold and Mr. Harold Peters made a cruise in her soon after she was built. Their cruise took them from Boston to England, returning by way of Madeira and the West Indies in 1920. All yachtsmen of the southland are highly pleased to know this famous yacht is now in local waters. It is possible that Mr. Yule will enter the Zingara in the Honolulu race of June 12.”

September 12, 1930 [SBMP]: “Yacht to be used by club. Zingara, owned by W. H. Yule, will be at disposal of organization. Santa Barbara Yacht Club members and their friends will have at their disposal for the entire winter season the large two-masted sailing yacht of W. H. Yule, who has turned the craft over to the club to be used at its discretion, according to announcement made yesterday by Robert Cornwall, secretary of the yacht club… The boat’s sleeping accommodation capacity is 12…”