Category Archives: Shipwrecks

You Are There: Shipwreck of the DeLong at HMB, Dec. 1922 (2)

From the Coastside Comet: “Realizing the hopelessness of the case, members of the crew have rigged up a cable from a high bluff near the wreck to the De Long and the work of salvaging guns, munitions and valuables has … Continue reading

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Shipwreck of the DeLong at HMB, Dec. 1922 (1)

From the Coastside Comet: “The United States destroyer, DeLong probably has found its final resting place on the beach a mile south of Halfmoon Bay. “Hopelessly grounded in shallow water, with two rocky reefs behind her and hindering her chances … Continue reading

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Adventure Aboard The Steamship Colombia In 1896, Part IV, Conclusion

Pigeon Point lighthouse was the private domain of Capt. Marner–a crusty white-haired sea captain who deeply loved ships. From his “white pinnacle” at Pigeon Point, he had spotted the Colombia before the wreck and thought it was the “tender Madrone”–an … Continue reading

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Adventure Aboard The Steamship Colombia In 1896, Part III

Photo: Actor Wilton Lackaye Nationally known thespian Wilton Lackaye had awakened in his cabin aboard the steamship Colombia and was dressing for breakfast. Lackaye was a character actor, famous for developing the role o Svengali, the malevolent music teacher who … Continue reading

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Adventure Aboard The Steamship Colombia In 1896, Part II

By the time the new steamship Colombia (sailing from Central America to San Francisco) neared Pigeon Point lighthouse, south of Pescadero, the fog was thick–so soupy that it was hard to tell whether it was dawn or dusk. A foghorn … Continue reading

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Adventure Aboard The Steamship Colombia In 1896, Part I

Coffee importer Carlos B. Lastreto frequently commuted aboard Pacific Mail steamers between Central America and San Francisco, all safe, smooth passages. But in the summer of 1896 that changed as the voyage on the new steamer Colombia turned into an … Continue reading

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1860 Shipwrecks & A Cemetery in the Sand Dunes, Part II-Conclusion (short version)

Photo taken in the 1970s. As night fell, the crew believed they were 40 miles offshore–but soon discovered they were in the midst of crashing breakers. The “Coya” rammed a reef, rolled over and sank instantly. Twenty-six of the passengers, … 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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