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From the Archives Zane Grey's palatial new cruising yacht is described From the Catalina islander, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1924 picture outfit, with dark rooms, and - deve!opment department, is a prom-. inent part of the outfit, with the idea of putting fish and marine animals on the screen, corresponding with the great African hunt parties. Avalonites participated in Christmas exercises Experience Knowledge Results Visit us today at I'~ DECEMBER 31, 1924 BY CHAS. H. SMITH Editor's note: This follow- ing articles are part of an ongo- ing series of reprints of historic Catalina Islander articles. It has been edited for space. SPECIAL CORRESPONDENCE TO THE CATALINA ISLANDER Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Dec. l--Zane Grey's newly fitted up schooner, Fisherman, sailed from here today for Panama, where the author and his party will embark, and will proceed to the Cocoa Islands, and from there to the Galapagos -Islands, which are represented as the strangest islands in the world. They ': are on the equator, rising out of the water, six hundred miles from the mainland of South America. They consist of a group of volcanic peaks, uninhabited, and many birds and reptiles not known in any other part of the world are here in abundance. Here the flightless cormorant, the penguin, flinche, heron, and odd variations of the mocking bird build their nests without fear of molesta- tion. Furthermore, rare specimens of fish not known in either the Atlantic or the Pacific are here in abundance. Hideous octopuses, sea lions, gaudy colored eels, swim in endless variet- ies around the rock bound shores. It is in this place that the object of the voyage will be realized, and Zane Grey will obtain material for one of his sea stories. The Fisherman has all the luxuries of a first class hotel. The owner's quarters are in the main cabin. These comprise a dining, and sitting room, bath room, with shower bath. All the sleeping rooms in the ship have running water. The officers' quarters are in the house on deck, where there are a separate dining room, bath room, and cold storage plant. In the engine room there are two sixty h. p. engines, run by crude oil. Her sails have been com- pletely renovated by the veteran sail maker, Artht0r Hebb. There is a small engine to generate electricity, and one for making ice, while the cold storage room is a marvel of efficiency. The crew is a small one, owning to the modern mechanical devices for handling the sails, so that one man is as efficient as five in an old fashioned merchantman. The quarters of the crew are in keeping with the modern outfitting in the rest of the cabin, and instead of the time known bunks, each room has a brass bedstead, running water, and each sleeping apartment has an electric fan. Captain Sid Boerstler, of Los Angeles, the Chief Engineer, has superintended the remodeling, and a busy gang of workmen has been up to the eleventh hour making the necessary changes. Before sailing the engines were thoroughly tested, and proven to be satisfactory. Two large motor boats for tuna fishing are a part of the outfit, and two large mounted tuna are in the dining room, both products of Mr. Grey's hook and line. One caught in Jordan Bay weighed 758 pounds, 104 inch- es in length, and girted 76 inches which bears the world's record. The ship is 350 tons, 150 feet over all, and 35 feet beam. The bot- tom has been sheathed and coppered Christmas, 1924, is now but a to protect her from worms which pleasant remembrance. The citi- are exceedingly bad on the Pacific. zens of Avalon celebrated the fes- A wireless has been installed, also tive season in appropriate ways. a radio so that no ship ever left One of the prominent events was an Atlantic port for any purpose the community Christmas tree and so thoroughly equipped. The trip exercises at the Crescent Avenue is scheduled two years, and it is Pavilion on Tuesday evening, the expected that the ship will be in Los 23rd. Following was the program of Angeles next June, after which she exercises. will outfit for the last part of the voy- Overture by Franklin's St. age. The crew are composed as fol- Catherine Hotel Orchestra. lows: Capt. W. J. King, of Annapolis Prayer, Rev. Larue C. Watson Royal; Chief Engineer, Captain Recitation, Glenn Hoover. Sid Boerstler, of Los Angeles; Song, by the children. First Engineer, R. Biekel, Los Vocal Solo (in Spanish), Angeles; Second Engineer, Floyd Issedoro Goteeruz. Williams, Los Angeles; First Mate, Recitation, Alice Lee Heywood. R. Cleversey, Pleasantville; Second Camp Fire Girls' Kitchen Band. mate, Alex Heisler, Lunenburg; Recitation, Kewpie Hey. Seamen, M. Pentz, Liverpool; I. Instrumental trio, Messrs. Gates, Beach Meadows; W. Page, Franklin, Grant and Hobbs. Liverpool; Chef; Lloyd Smith, La Recitation, Ma~ine Carson. Have; Chief Steward, A. Winters, Piano duet, Martha Meyer and Liverpool; Assistant, B. Slaytor, Lois Harrison. Scotland; Purser, Captain L.D. Piano s01o, Ruth Edmundson. Mitchell, Liverpool. Presentation of Boy Scout Capt. L. D. Mitchell, the finan- badge. cial agent of the expedition, is an Music by orchestra. Englishman by birth, and as a sports- Santa Claus and distribution of man, and capturer of large game and presents. fish has a distinguished record. He There were several hundred peo- has been extensively engaged in pie, young and older, present to bringing large numbers of wealthy enjoy the exercises. The participants Americans to Nova Scotia for hunt- in the program acquitted themselves ing and fishing. He had a sum- creditably. Special mention might mer hotel on Smith's Island, which be made of the solos in Spanish, burnt down while he was absent the Kitchen Band, led by Mr. J.B. at the war. When the war was on, Ogden, the presentation of the Eagle he closed his place of business and Scout b~idge, and the treat which went to the front as an officer in the Santa Claus gave the children. Royal Engineers. And in this same connection we While in New York, he interested cannot forget the Mary Williams the now well known Koretz in sport, Club, which sponsored the event, ing properties, and eventually sold and the capable assistants who so him the Pinehurst property, and was capably carried out their plans. otherwise connected with him when At the request of Mr. R.M. he first located in this Province. His Heywood, chairman of the Shipping record as a tuna fisherman attracted Board of the Avalon Sea Scout Ship, many wealthy citizens to the county Mr. H: Benjamin Robison, Sea of Queens, and his connection with Scout Skipper, presented Sea Scout this new project is in the natural Theodore Sierks with an Eagle course of events. Possibly no seago- Scout badge, awarded by the nation- ing schooner ever sailed with more al Council Boy Scouts of America, enthusiasm than the members of the through the Pasadena District Court crew of the Fisherman. The equa- of Honor. Mr. Robison stated that torial archipelago has been fully the rank of Eagle Scout was the discussed 'tween decks. There buc- highest attainable in Scouting, and cancers have been marooned, and that Scout Sierks had worked hard there "Robinson Crusoe" Selkirk and faithfully to earn it; also that visited after his return from Juan he was the first Eagle Scout on the Fernandez. Charles Darwin visited Island, and the first Sea Scout in the the archipelago on the cruise of the Pasadena District Council to attain "Beagle," discovering the fauna of that rank. He urged that the young the islands, which afterwards helped man put in practice the principles of him to formulate his theory ofevo- the Scout oath and law allthrough lution. The Islands are still in the his life, and that, with the spirit: age ofrel tiles, birds, and fishes, and of Scouting and service, he might the only animals are descendants of carry on the Scout work as a leader those left there by man. when of sufficient age. Mr. Robison The Fisherman is the con- expressed himselfas being proud of verted three-masted schooner, the Avalon Troop and of the good Marshall Foch, built at Ward Brook, work which it is doing. He also Cumberland County, in 1919, by intimated that before long two other Smith Canning, and designed by members would probably qualify for George A, Gardner, of Brooklyn, the Eagle Scout honors--Malcolm Queen's County. She was purchased Renton and John Shields. a few months ago by Zane Grey, fro As the gathering dispersed the the finn of W. C. Smith & CO, In little folk had their arms filled with less than two months she has been Christmas goodies, and everybody modeled by Smith and Rhuland, was happy at the success of the com- Lunenburg, well known ship build- munity effort. ers. Her port of registry is now Los The beautiful large Christmas Angeles, California. Mr. Grey is the tree, attractively decorated and sole owner, and has financed the brightly illuminated by electric enterprise himself. The expedition lights, was an object of general is one of research work. A moving interest to all present, FEATURED PROPERTIES Bahia Vista B41 1 BD, 1 1/2 BA 794 SF +/-. On the 3rd level. Ocean views, large deck with privacy walls. Vacation rental permit included. Offered at $450,000 Bahia Vista A12 2 BD, 2 1/2 BA 1,233 SF +/-. Two-Story. Large bedrooms, with ample closet space and plenty of light. Guest bedroom has private balcony. Secure garage with storage unit. Close to downtown, beach, shops and restaurants. 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