Scope and Content
This journal of the Schooner Ellen records sailing from San Diego to various locations on the Baja California Peninsula. Guadalupe
Bay, Rosalia Bay (possibly Santa Rosalita or Rosarito), and Natividad Island of Mexico are frequently visited. Time at port
is frequently spent hunting for abalone shells, and in the latter part of the journal, seal hunting. Passengers are sometimes
dropped off at ports, though details on the passengers are not recorded.
Entries of interest:
June 19-23, 1891: Notes sailing near the Schooner Emma. The two schooners frequently sail and port in the same location.
June 24, 1891: Retrieves 60 pairs of giant pectens (scallop shells) and records getting stung by a sting ray.
June 27-28, 1891: "Boated off" 11 loads of copper ore.
July 5, 1891: Anchors at San Fernando, Mexico and then passes by Round Island.
July 7, 1891: Sites Guadalupe Island, Mexico (Isla Guadalupe).
November 23, 1891: Anchors in Rosalia Bay (possibly Santa Rosalita or Rosarito) and “puts off” passengers and one ton of freight.
November 26, 1891: Anchors in Turtle Bay (also known as Bahia de Tortugas, Mexico) and finds a China junk at anchor [a junk
is a boat used in China].
November 28, 1891: Anchors off Elephant Beach (Playa Elefante), looks for abalone but is unsuccessful.
November 29-December 4, 1891: Anchors at Abreojos Point (Punta Abreojos) and gathers 201 baskets of abalones.
December 5-12, 1891: Boils and dries abalones.
December 18, 1891: Sites the whaling brig Alexander.
February 16, 1892: Passes by Cape Callnet (possibly a reference to Colonet), St. Martin’s Island (Isla San Martin), Point
Baja (Punta Baja), and Round Island.
February 21, 1892: Passes by Turtle Bay, San Pablo Point, San Rooks Point (San Roque), Asuncion Island (Isla de Asuncion),
and anchors at Hipolito Point (Punta Hipolito).
March 5-6, 1892: Tacked off shore of Natividad Island (Isla Natividad) and anchors at south end of Cedros Island (Isla Cedros).
Abalone shells are sought, but none are found.
March 10, 1892: Retrieves sample sack of guano off Chester Rocks.
March 15-17, 1892: Anchors near Laguna Head and a man comes to the boat with letters that are sent to Davis and Ybarra (Ybarra
is also mentioned later in journal). April 1, 1892: Goes aboard Schooner Ruby, retrieves 5 gallons of water and 2 ounces of
tobacco, and mends sails.
April 8, 1892: Passes by Coronado and Point Loma, and anchors off Jorres Wharf (also known as Culverwell & Jorres Wharf).
Custom house comes aboard.
May 17-19, 1892: Anchors at Watter Bay. Captain Grosse arrives. William Behn is met onshore. Several shots are fired onshore
and Behn and Grosse were shot. They were “dangerously wounded.”
May 20-21, 1892: Anchors in Santa Rosalia Bay (possibly Santa Rosaliita), leaving Behn and Grosse there. When Schooner Ellen
returns from San Andres, Behn and Grosse are found “yet alive.” A letter is read from Ybarra.
May 29, 1892: Retrieves 200 pairs of pecten gigantica.
July 11-15, 1892: Anchors in Rosalia Bay, Mexico (possibly Santa Rosaliita or Rosarito) and goes to San Andres Ranch. Goes
hunting at Elide Island and retrieves 29 seal pups and cows, and one bull. Salts skins.
July 18-19, 1892: Anchors at Natividad Island and hunts 19 seal cows.
July 21-August 6, 1892: Just over 1000 seal pups and cows are hunted.
August 21, 1892: Turtle is traded for provisions. The steam Schooner Farallon arrives from San Diego from Ensenada custom
house and comes aboard. (This may be the S.S. Farallon that shipwrecks in the Cook Inlet of Alaska, on January 5, 1910.)
September 4-8, 1892: 496 pounds of abalone shells are retrieved.
September 18-19, 1892: Makes Guadalupe Island, Mexico (also known as Isla Guadalupe), and anchors in Whaler’s Bay. Gather
150 pounds of abalone shells.