Diablo Point, Santa Cruz Island

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Diablo Point, Santa Cruz Island (Punta Diablo, Point Diablo)

The place name appears on the June 1882 U.S. Coast Survey map Pacific Coast from Santa Monica to Point Conception, including the Santa Barbara Channel, California, J.E. Hilgard, Superintendent.

This place name appears on the Santa Cruz Island Sheet B topographic map.

In the News~

August 22, 1894 [SBDI]: “The Lesto lost. Mr. Dickson’s yacht goes to the bottom. The sailing party which left here on Saturday for the island of Santa Cruz came near having a fatal ending. As it is, it resulted in the loss of J. F. Dickson’s neat little sail boat, the Lesto. The boat was manned by Mr. Dickson and Howard Shafer. When they rounded Point Diablo they got into a sea rift and just then the wind went down. The boat became unmanageable and was carried out toward sea again and capsized. Mr. Dickson and Mr. Shafer were in the water about two hours before they were rescued by Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Hiller and could not have stood it much longer as the sea was running high, and they were tired out. Mr. Shafer when picked up was unconscious and had it not been for a life preserver would have been at the bottom. The Lesto sank out of sight in about 100 fathoms of water.”

August 24, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Last night the sloop Dolphin returned from Santa Cruz Island, bringing news that the yacht, Lesto, had gone to the bottom off Point Diablo. The little fleet, consisting of the Dolphin, Elfin and Lesto, left here last Saturday morning for the island and arrived there late in the afternoon. The first two named made the harbor all right, but Mr. Dickson with the Lesto had to make up the coast and tack. When rounding Point Diablo the wind went down suddenly and the boat became unmanageable. A couple of heavy seas were shipped and she began to sink. Mr. Dickson and his companion, Howard Shafer, put on life preservers, and while Mr. Shafer endeavored to reach shore, Mr. Dickson stayed with the ship clinging to the mast. About two hours later as it was growing dark, Harry Chamberlain and Roy Hiller rowed out to fix the night light on the Dolphin and discovered Mr. Dixon clinging to the mast. They at once went to the rescue and took him off. Soon after Mr. Shafer was picked up in an unconscious condition by the Messrs. Packard and Morgan. The Lesto sank in about one hundred fathoms of water, and it is not probable that she will be raised. The cost of the boat was about $500.”

June 8, 1897 [SBMP]: “The Newton yachting party returned from a pleasant cruise about the Channel and islands on Sunday evening at 6 P.M. The party left the wharf on Saturday night at 11:25 and arrived at Santa Rosa Island at five in the morning. From there they went to Santa Cruz and spoke with the Bates party at Point Diablo. The sea was fine and a most enjoyable trip is reported.”

August 23, 1926 [LAT]: “Swimmer fails in attempt at Santa Barbara Channel. An attempt to swim the twenty-two mile channel between Santa Cruz Island and the Santa Barbara mainland failed early today when Zane Steenrod, well-known in Atlantic Coast aquatic circles, left the water after swimming for five hours. Steenrod, escorted by the launch Sea Wolf, started his swim at midnight from Point Diablo, expecting to finish the distance to the mainland in from sixteen to eighteen hours.”

January 13, 1933 [LAT]: “Cruiser smashed. Smashed on the rocky Point Diablo of Santa Cruz Island is the wrecked forty-four-foot cabin cruiser Nigger Boy, owned by Clyde Endregad of Saticoy. The crew of three was picked up by the State Fish Patrol boat, Bluefin, which is now en route to Santa Barbara.”