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" L i~ wwP WALL WALL & PEAKE High-Quality, Cost-Effective Legal Representation John Wall has over 35 years of legal experience. He takes a professional and personal approach, emphasizing a high importance on communication and responsiveness. Being a smaller firm, John has lower overhead resulting in lower hourly fees while still providing a high level of service and efficiency. He limits his flay-practice to and has extensive experience in: Estate Trus s Wills Probate Law From page 1 paint and shining brass, the new ves- sel left Wilmington at 10:55 Monday morning. The blare of many whistles and the special music on the deck of the vessel itself, announced the departure from Los Angeles Harbor. Unable to be present on the first trip of the Catalina, Mr. William Wrigley, Jr., telegraphed his regrets from Chicago that Mrs. Wrigley and himself could not be present. He wished the vessel "Bon voyage" and those on board an enjoyable outing. Just before the vessel arrived at Avalon a second wireless mes- sage was received from Mr. Wrigley by Mr. J. H. Patrick, president of the Wilmington Transportation Company. "Regret exceedingly that we could not be present with you and the guests on the trial trip. Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. delivered the boat in record time and right. Heartiest congratu- lations and best wishes for many happy trips to and from our beauti- ful island?' Signed, "William Wrigley, Jr." On board the glad-bedecked ves- sel was a party of guests number- ing 600. The entire official families of the Wilmington Transportation Company and the Santa Catalina Island Company were also on board. Although thirty-four feet longer than steamship Avalon, Captain A. A. Morris guided the Catalina into its berth at the Avalon steamer pier just as easily as when operating any of the smaller vessels of the company. It was a great day for the residents of Catalina Island. Two miles off- shore a flotilla of loyal boars met the oncoming steamship. Whistles were sounded, in fact, some of the boat captains were so happy that they exhausted all of their compressed air, and their whistles refused to operate. First in the boat parade was the Blanche W., with the Whittier Band. What a gaily bedecked town awaited the visitors. Out on the pier was Vice-President and General Manager David M. Renton, who said: "Somebody's got to stay home and handle the lines when the boat comes to the dock." As soon as the magnificent mil- lion-dollar steamship had been made fast on the south side of the steamer pier, Porter's Catalina Marine Band opened up in full force. The events of the arrival moved so speedily at this time that the writer was unable to note all the details. Anyway, stand- ing on the top deck of the Catalina, the steamer Avalon, on the opposite side of the pier, looked about as big to us as the first Hermosa used to look when the Cabritlo was put on the run. In comparison of size we heard a man say: "The Catalina looks like a tuna I'm going to catch compared with the little rock bass I caught on my last trip to the Island." All along the pier the nearby beach and Crescent avenue residents thronge.d to catch a glimpse of the new steamship. The Avalon Troop of Boy Scouts of America stood at attention while the passengers filed down the gang plank and headed for the special luncheon at the Hotel St. Catherine. The Catalina was built by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding Company for a consideration said to be in excess of $1,000,000. It is of steel construc- tion and is 300 feet long, 50 feet in beam and draws twenty-one feet of water. One of the features that marked the craft as being superior to the other vessels of the Wrigley fleet was the stowing of twenty patented lifeboats has a capacity of seven- ty-six persons, and each can be launched more easily and safely than those of other steamers on the upper deck, builders said. Ten passengers staterooms aft, large saloons and completely glass- enclosed saloon deck with accom- modations for dancing are other attractions on the new steamer. Two triple expansion engines,. developing 4000-horsepower, are calculated to drive the Catalina through the water at a standard speed 6f sixteen knots an hour. The regular running time between the harbor and the Island will be one and one-half hours, a large decrease over the running time of the other Wrigley steamers. A shipbuilding record for the local port was established by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding Company in constructing the Catalina. Four months and one week after the keel laying ceremonies, the hull was launched. When the contract was let, and the keel laid, December 26th, 1923, the time for delivery was set for July 1st, in order that the new liner might be in shape to handle the large holiday crowds. The vessel has been completed and delivered to William Wrigley, Jr., one day ahead of schedule. L. E. Caverly, chief engineer of the Los Angeles Shipbuilding Company designed the craft and superintended the construction. Notes made on the trip As the Catalina left the Terminal at Wilmington, the new vessel was accompanied to the breakwater by the tugs David M. Renton and the David P. Fleming. The vessel trav- eled out of the harbor under its own power. The Pacific Marine Airways fly- ing boat passed over the Catalina in midchannel. Mayor Reyes told the writer that he had lost his wife. Said he had been looking for her for a half hour. No wonder, it's a big ~ship! Three decks, approximately 275 feet long! Well, it took us an hour to make the circuit of all decks, and to poke our nose into the engine room. The ball room is on the second deck, aft. A number of the young folks were dancing their way to Catalina. Someone asked Prexy Patrick who had been nominated on the Democratic ticket, and Mr. Patrick replied that he had been so busy with the new boat the he had forgot- ten all about the Democratic nomi- nees. The Catalina made the trip in two hours, flat. The new ,Catarrn~i Island Yacht Club and the Tuna Club buildings were all decorated for the occasion. Jimmy Jump, vice-president of the Tuna Club, gave up his day's fishing trip to take a ride on the new steamer. "Well," said one Avalonite, "we've got the water from Middle Ranch and the new steamship Catalina, what's next on the pro- gram? Avalon is fortunate in having a rich dad!" Purchase a Brick for the Memorial BLENDED COFFEE DRINKS FRESH MADEFUDGE -,.: ;BREAKFAST COFFtE 6 { Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER