This photo is believed to be of the Charles Brown, a little
known fishing barge moored off Laguna Beach. Between April 20-22 of
1932, a storm raged along the coast sending four fishing barges aground:
the Gratia, Melrose and
Thomas P. Emigh. All ended up as total losses..
The Charles Brown was built as the Tokai Maru in Japan and
launched in 1904. She was two-masted schooner, built for sealing.
Confiscated in Alaska for poaching, she first worked as barge under Olaf
Olsen in Santa Monica, c.1926. She changed hands and at the time of
her loss, was owned by Dent E. Paxton and Jack and Ralph Tubbs
That was until the big storms of April 1932. On April 20 she was ripped
from her mooring and ended up on the rocks off Laguna Beach, CA.