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The Catalina Islander
Avalon, California
May 7, 1924     The Catalina Islander
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May 7, 1924

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Weekly at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's qmr, containing the local news of this wonderful Island publication of the Light Tackle Club, an organization sportsmen. Baseball training fiehl for Chicago "Cubs." Avalon: Year-round mecca for tourists and travelers Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, fishing, walking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. PIV CENTs CATALINA ISLAND: IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! I AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 7. 1924. VOL. Xl. NO. 17 Ill MILLION-OflLLAFI STEAMSHIP "CATALINA" SUCCESSFULLY LAU Speed)" and Ready to Go Graceful Lines She's Off By ]~rnest Wlndle Sfie FLOATS! Our million dollar steamshil~, Catalina! She was launched "on tinae,' ~. without mishap, and as she glided magni- ~f'~tly, "like a minion dollars," down the ways Co-iae Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock 9.~l)anY at San i'edro, Saturday, May 3rd, at ,,~o.a. In., Mayor Cryer of Los Angeles yelled naou VOyage, Catalina!" and three thousand qre Voices took up the cry, and the baml i;~wyed the "Star-Spangled Banner." Oh, boy! ger as SOme "send-off" for the palatial passen- ,.. Steanlship that on July 1st, will help to '"a~e history for Catalina Island. li .~he new steel vessel was christened "enta- Il,, b View Showing Main Deck---Masts and Upper State- sisv Y Dr. Marcia A. Patrick of Los Angeles, rooms, Etc., Are to be Built on This Deck. ~i~'f Mr. Joseph H. Patrick, president of the was mgton Transportation Company. Then there Dry Dock Company, and J. H. Patrick, J. N. the ~ rattle of hannners and in a few moments Stewart, 1)avid l'. Fleming, I)avid M. Renton, the Uge vessel started to move, stern first, into Andrew Young, Banning Young and F. H. Hihle- Water. brand of th'e Wihnington Transportation Company. di~~rilliam Wri~qev lr chairman of the board of Out in the West Basin were a "bunch" of Cat- l~a . urs of the Wihnington Transportation Con> alina boosters from Avalon, who expected a duck- rnm~,_ unable to attend the launching cere- ing as the huge vessel entered the water. On she for 't~-S'ue but he wired from Chicago "Bon voyage" came! Straining hard against the "check lines," AmongUeWthe.On~2se~lwere the bolaPd goffloated, and swan-like glided across the basin. A ~e,,,,dals and shi ~ fin * 1,cople present mammoth success! at the lau.nchl g "ri M. harbOrLeaf Lcm-E ~lsstners; Fred L. Baker, E e hnnmdiately the tugs "Captain Willianl," "David QaVerly R ' lP. Fleming" and "D. M. Renton" had lines on lde~t,~' L. McI;m and A. 2. Hatfieht, a the new vessel, and she was towed to the dry ~h the Los Angeles Shipbuihling and dock for completion. It was an impressive sight to witness that 300-foot steel hull slide into the water! Draped with tlags and the preliminary coats of crimson paint, she left the ways. Nearby ships in the harbor sounded their sirens, and in less than five minutes the tugs were in charge of her nlovenlents, \Vhen William Wrigley, Jr., drove the first rivet for the keel on December 26th, 1923, it was announced that the new vessel would be built at "war-time speed" and completed by July 1st. The shipyard officials now state that they are twenty-five days ahead of the sched- ule for launching. The "Catalina" was especially designed for the cross-channel service and for its passenger carrying capacity. A special featnre, in addition to the elaborate appointments, is the life-saving facilities. Twenty patent "Ludin" life boats are stowed away on the main decks. These are so designed and operated by machinery that they provide "quick action." In addition to the boats, there are numerous life-rafts and sufficient life- preservers for 3IX)0 passengers. The liner is 300 feet in length, 52 feet in width, twenty-one foot draft, and has three decks. Two passenger entrances lead to the main deck, and a large ball room, elaborately fitted up, is located on the glass-enclosed saloon deck. The motive power is derived from two separ- ate triple expansion engines, with a total of 4000- (Continued on Page Six, Column 2) ,B