The Ranger, built in 1917 by Fellows & Stewart, was the first private sportfishing yacht built on the West Coast. Commissioned by Jimmy Jump, Ranger served as the flagship for the Catalina Tuna Club, and held 26 different sportfishing records, and still holds two of those today. Celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart, Zane Grey, Errol Flynn, and John Wayne have all fished from her decks. She served for a short time in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and was donated to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum by Jack Morehart before the Museum even opened its doors. She is the oldest vessel in the Santa Barbara Harbor, and proudly serves as SBMM’s flagship.
Ranger has an active crew of volunteers that care for this historic vessel. But recently it was discovered that all ten through hulls must be replaced, to maintain her seaworthiness. This requires extensive repairs to her fero cement hull, replacement of valve assemblies, and repainting. But this work will help keep her position as the flagship of our community.