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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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