Category Archives: Pigeon Point

Summer 1929: Tragedy near Pigeon Point, Conclusion

The rescue ships carried the injured, stunned and stricken survivors back to San Francisco where they were created at the emergency hospital. Rumor had it that attorneys for the San Juan and the S.C.T. Dodd scurried among the shocked survivors, … Continue reading

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Tim, from San Mateo, Has A Question

Hi June, I live in San Mateo, but very much enjoy the coast, as well as learnng more about the history of the area. I just discovered your web page, and have spent the past 2 hours or so perusing … Continue reading

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1860 Shipwrecks & A Cemetery in the Sand Dunes, Part I (short version)

Thick fog often hugs the rugged coastline near Point Ano Nuevo–but since 1872 the lighthouse at Pigeon Point has warned ships away from the nasty reefs that had once doomed many a vessel. Before the lighthouse existed, many ships perished … Continue reading

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Update on Shipwreck of San Juan (1929)

A few posts back I wrote a three-part story about the shipwreck of the San Juan near Pigeon Point in the summer of 1929. Some 72 people died when the San Juan, a vessel that commuted between San Francisco and … Continue reading

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Summer 1929: Tragedy at Sea Near Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Part III

The rescue ships carried the injured, stunned and stricken survivors back to San Francisco where they were created at the emergency hospital. Rumor had it that attorneys for the San Juan and the S.C.T. Dodd scurried among the shocked survivors, … Continue reading

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Summer 1929: Tragedy at Sea Near Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Part II

As the San Juan continued south past Pigeon Point, the Standard Oil tanker S.C.T. Dodd was plowing northward up the coast toward San Francisco, nearing the end of her voyage from Baltimore. The vessels were 12-miles out, off the San … Continue reading

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Summer 1929: Tragedy at Sea Near Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Part I

(Above: Emma Granstedt, center; at right, Mrs. Olsen. Courtesy Patrick Moore, click here  (At right: Theodore Granstedt. Courtesy Patrick Moore, click here) Emma Granstedt felt a premonition of danger as she boarded the popular “commuter steamerâ€? San Juan at San … Continue reading

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South Coast Geology

2 1/2 miles north of Pigeon Point, 1905. Photo below is of Pigeon Point, south of Pescadero.

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