Santa Barbara, CA Sloop RESTLESS Lost, July 1895
SANTA BARBARA ANXIETY.
THE SLOOP RESTLESS MISSING WITH A LARGE PARTY OF CAMPERS.
NO NEWS FROM HER OR THE BOAT SEARCHING FOR HER UP TO A LATE HOUR.
Santa Barbara, Cal., July 19. -- The sloop Restless, Captain BURTIS, which sailed for Santa Cruz Island on Wednesday morning, carrying a party of campers, and which was to return Wednesday night to take over DR. RICHARD J. HALL and party, whose camping outfit they carried, has not been heard from, and much fear is felt lest some disaster may have befallen her.
So great is the anxiety that Deputy Customs Collector, Fred Forbush, whose son was on board the Restless, took one of Larco's stout little fishing boats this morning and with young Larco and Mr. Pratt started out to search for the sloop with the intention of crossing to the camping place on the island in case they did not meet her on her return trip.
On board the missing vessel are:
DUNCAN McDUFFIE, son of the president of the Board of Trade.
MRS. ROBERT JENNINGS.
MR. and MRS. PORTEOUS.
MISS ANNIE JAMES.
MESSRS. FRED LAMB.
The Restless is a sloop of sixteen tons burden, chiefly used for carrying parties back and forth between the islands and the mainland.
Various opinions are expressed as to her seaworthiness, but none whatever in regard to her captain, who is known to be one of the best and most careful sailors on the coast. There has been no storm nor wind sufficient to wreck a boat, and she could not have been run down by any other vessel, as she was sailing across in broad daylight.
The most probable theory concerning her delay is suggested by a young gentleman who lately returned on her from an extended camping trip on the island. He states that on the return trip last week he observed her mainsail was badly worn and should that have given way she might have shipped her mast. In that case he does no think it possible the boat could have capsized, on account of her extra-ordinary breadth of beam and compact build, but she would drift helplessly about until picked up. He adds that there would be little or no danger of her running on rocks as she has a very long anchor chain which would catch and hold in any locality where reefs occur or along the shore.
Some who are well acquainted with the extraordinary antics of the winds in the channel put forth the comfortable theory that the sloop has been caught in a little calm in midchannel despite the fine breeze and whitecaps in sight as far as the eye can reach.
At a late hour neither the Restless nor Genoa, which had gone in search of her, had returned and the anxiety is increasing. The failure of the latter to reach port tonight is considered ominous. It is feared that her delay is caused by an unsuccessful search for the Restless.
San Francisco Call California 1895-07-20