Built by G. H. Hitchings for the E. K. Wood Lumber Co., she plied the
Eastern Pacific, transporting lumber from the northern lumber mills to the
large cities in the south. Her last paying voyage was to San
Francisco with a cargo of Copra from Tonga in 1923. After a brief lay up,
she was sold to movie interests and sailed one last time to Newport Beach
It is not clear what became of her in between 1924 and 1928. She may
have been used as a fishing barge and some paintings depict her as moored
off the Balboa Pavilion during that time.
In September of 1928, the Samuel Goldwyn pictures owned the Dauntless,
renamed it the "Emma" and planned to blow it up for the movie The
Rescue. Once permission from the Army Engineers and the Santa
Catalina Island Co. was obtained, Merritt-Chapman & Scott was hired to
blow the vessel up at then entrance to Cat
One October 3, she moored off the harbor entrance, not far from Cat
Head when a huge explosion shattered her hull, sending large pieces of
timber into the air. What little of her hull remained settled to the
bottom. Merritt-Chapman & Scott swept over the sunken hull which
lay in 27 fathoms, verifying that there was no hazard to navigation.
Some surface debris was collected, brought ashore and burned.
This wreck has yet to be discovered, but given the nature of the
explosion it is likely that much remains. Only one copy of the The
Rescue is known to exist in the George Eastman Film Library.
The following are production stills of The Rescue, staring