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Guide to the Journals of the Schooner Ellen MS 202
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Journals of the Schooner Ellen
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 202
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1891 June 16–1894 June 25
    Abstract: The collection contains two journals of the Schooner Ellen, a vessel that was involved in coastal trade between the United States and the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico.
    creator: Ellen (Schooner).

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Jody Valente on January 31, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    Journals of the Schooner Ellen, MS 202, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The Schooner Ellen was a coastal trading vessel, sailing between San Diego, California and the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. Details on the Schooner Ellen are minimal. Records document voyages throughout the late 19th century, interactions with other ships trading provisions, and hunting for abalone, seals, birds, turtle, and cacti.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains two journals for the Schooner Ellen recording activities from June 16, 1891 to June 25, 1894. Each journal entry heading includes the date and the journal entry number. A journal entry number is recorded for each voyage that leaves San Diego for the Baja Peninsula. From left to right, the journal notes the time of day, the journal entry, and the wind direction. Many entries note the weather, documenting the winds and seas, along with bearings.
    The first journal (June 16, 1891-September 30, 1892) documents hunting seals and abalone, and of unloading meat at various ports. The Schooner Emma is referenced on multiple occasions, as the two schooners cross paths frequently. Turtle Bay (Bahia de Tortugas) is also referenced frequently as a site that is sailed past. The last page and inside back cover notes seal pups, cows and bulls hunted and the locations of the hunts.
    The second journal (October 12, 1892-June 25, 1894) includes documentation of ships sighted at sea and in ports. Time is largely spent gathering shells and cacti, fishing, hunting for birds and turtles, and gathering guano and salt.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chase, Captain
    Ellen (Schooner).
    Emma (Schooner).
    Grosse, Captain
    Bahia de Tortugas (Mexico)
    Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
    Cedros Island (Mexico)
    Coronado (Calif.)
    Guadalupe Island (Mexico)
    Jorres Wharf (San Diego, Calif.)
    Marine mammals
    Marine reptiles
    Natividad Island (Mexico)
    Point Loma (San Diego, Calif.)
    Punta Colonet (Mexico)
    Round Island (Mexico)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Sea birds
    Seafaring life
    Shipping companies (Marine transportation)
    Steamship Wharf (San Diego, Calif.)