Merrill Carr Allyn, born in 1904, moved to Upper Ojai with his family when he was four years old. After graduating from Ventura
High School in 1922, he developed a lifelong interest in boating and sea life. He started working as a deckhand for a local
boater and eventually opened a boat-building business. He also served as commissioner of the Ventura Port District several
times in the 1950s and 1960s. Allyn was an amateur photographer and this collection consists entirely of his negatives. The
images include boats, the Ventura Pier and its environs, trips to the Channel Islands and along the California coast, marine
life, fishing catches, and friends and family of Allyn.
Merrill Carr Allyn was born in Los Angeles on August 4, 1904. When he was four years old, his family moved to a ranch in the
upper Santa Ana Valley, now more commonly known as Upper Ojai. He graduated from Ventura High School in 1922. He soon began
to work as a deckhand for H. Bay Webster, a seaman who had a business offering tourists excursions to the Channel Islands.
He also ran a sport fishing boat for a while.
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