Ruby Rock, Santa Cruz Island

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Ruby Rock, Santa Cruz Island
painting by Richad Schloss
Santa Cruz Island Foundation collection

Ruby Rock, Santa Cruz Island is a small named off-shore rock located to the east of Painted Cave and Punta Gorda on the island’s north coast. In 1929, Mr. Rett of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, collected a big bull sea lion from Ruby Rock for mounting and display at the museum.

Howard Wright sailed his boat, Siwash, to Santa Cruz Island in 1912:

“Ira Eaton told me to go up to Fry's and he also told me to go to Ruby Rock, by the Painted Cave and you could anchor there... Quite a place. You could go in there right by this rock, west of Valdez 2-3 miles. When you get in there, you go right up to the cliffs, 100 feet or less, in the kelp bed. Shake her up and drop the main, and your jib, and drop your hook, and put out your stern line fast. So, meantime, the seas go by a hundred yards offshore, great big black cats, but in there it is very pleasant. So we spent a night there, and the next day went up to the Painted Cave, in the dory, where Smith and I found some petrels nesting in a cave there which no one knew about. So we got some eggs and we got some birds. These were rare petrels, not the black ones, but Least Petrels...” [History of Siwash as Recalled by Howard Walter Wright, Sr., n.d.,, SCIF Archives]

In the News~

April 9, 1915 [SBDNI]: “That the pleasures of the channel waters and the beauties and wonders of the islands should be employed more systematically for the benefit of Santa Barbara is the opinion of those who made the trip to the islands Wednesday… aboard Captain Eaton’s boat Sea Wolf. They skirted the coast of the island, visited the big cave and had lunch at Valdez Harbor. The other beauty spots visited were Painted Cave, the Ruby Rock, La Canada, Cueva Valdez, Arch Rock, Ladies Harbor, Dick’s Harbor, Mussel Rocks, the Orizaba, Twin Harbors and Pelican Bay. The party climbed the mountains back of Pelican Bay and gathered many wild flowers there…”