Magazine article Sunset

All That's Left of a 1913 Shipwreck

Magazine article Sunset

All That's Left of a 1913 Shipwreck

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High winds and heavy seas dashed the foundering ship against the rocks, spilling her cargo and tearing a gaping hole amid-ships. As the ocean began to consume her, the 18-man crew abandoned her for shore. It was August 9, 1913, when the steam schooner Point Arena went down near Pigeon Point, on the San Mateo coast.

The wreckage scattered in the waves. A section of the starboard bow washed into the mouth of Greenoaks Creek, where sand buried it for nearly 70 years.

Fierce storms on the coast in 1983 exposed the 5-ton fragment. You can now see it on display while visiting Ano Nuevo State Reserve, 55 miles south of San Francisco on State Highway 1.

The jagged remnant still bears an iron cleat and, above and below two portholes, the ship's name.

Built in 1887 in San Francisco, the Point Arena was one of 225 steam schooners that were produced on the West Coast. These ships combined the proven seaworthiness of sailing schooners (first built worthiness of sailing schooners (first bbuilt in the early 1700s) with the development of the marine steam engine. …

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