July 4, 1901 – San Francisco – “The steam schooner Iaqua has sailed on her maiden voyage after an extensive rebuild.
After being a few months in commission she went on Duxbury Reef one evening soon after leaving San Francisco. Later she was got off, but was so badly damaged that her machinery had to be taken out and the hull practically rebuilt. Captain Gunderson went out in command yesterday, and the steamer goes back on the Eureka run.
Among the passengers by the W. H. Kruger from Fort Bragg yesterday was Captain Thompson of the Chehalis.
The latter vessel is laid up for repairs, so the Captain went to Noyo to superintend the loading of the steamer Honda with railroad ties for Guayaquil. The job being finished, Captain Thompson comes home. (San Francisco Call)
Schooner Suspected of Opium Smuggling
July 9, 1892 – San Diego – “No traces of opium have yet been discovered on board the Eliza Edwards, the steam schooner under seizure here for the alleged smuggling of 51 Chinamen and 2000 pounds of opium to the United States from Vancouver, B. C.
The publication of an attempt made yesterday by Captain Van Bremer and Dr. Winchester to bribe a reporter and editor of the Union to suppress the facts already elicited caused a panic this morning. Winchester left on the first train for Santa Barbara, where the customs officers believe the opium was landed. It was intended to make a thorough search of the premises of both Winchester and Van Bremer for documentary evidence of their guilt, but it is believed that Winchester left with the intention of destroying all traces of a criminating nature.
Van Bremer admits having touched at Santa Barbara, but says he did this to take on fresh meat and a patent log. Not having reported to the customs authorities there the vessel becomes subject to a fine of $1400, upon the payment of which her discharge will br. ordered if no additional evidence of smuggling is secured. Winchester is said to have been involved in a similar transaction seven years ago.
Van Bremer now denies having offered money to secure the suppression of the facts, but the evidence is conclusive of the attempted bribery of newspaper men by both the captain and Winchester. The cook of the schooner is under arrest and may turn State’s evidence. The steamer Coos Bay arrived to-day from San Francisco in pursuit of the Eliza Edwards, but finding the latter in charge of the customs officers here and Revenue Collector Phelps, it cleared this evening for the north.
Collector Osborne of Los Angeles accompanied the latter to San Pedro.” (San Francisco Call)