San Buenaventura (#) ( -1858)
In the News~
October 13, 1858 [SFAC]: “Wreck and loss of life. On the 13th of September, the sloop San Buenaventura, of Santa Barbara, sailed from that port for the island of Santa Rosa, having on board Peter Hammond and Miguel Cota, as passengers. She was under the command of Vizenzo Panatieri, alias John Brown, alias Captain Piasco, an Italian. When near the island of Santa Cruz, at about 4 o’clock A.M., she sprang a leak and soon filled and sank. All who were on board succeeded in reaching the shore, which at that point is very high and precipitous. Panatieri climbed up the steep bluff, and after wandering about the island for two days and nights, naked, hungry and thirsty, reached one of the houses on the island. The others, less fortunate, have not since been heard of. Diligent search has been made upon and around the island, but no traces have been discovered of them. It is supposed that they must have perished at the foot of the bluff, where they landed. The escape of Panatieri is little less than miraculous. The bluff rises to the height of about two hundred feet and is almost perpendicular for the first hundred feet. Hammond was an industrious and respected citizen of Santa Barbara, and leaves a wife and five children of tender age. Miguel Cota was a native Californian, and a citizen of this place.” [Santa Barbara Gazette].