SHIPWRECKS: ISLA GUADALUPE

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SHIPWRECKS: ISLA GUADALUPE

WRECKED VESSEL
1807 David Christy
1873 Cestri-de-Ponenti
1910 May
1915 Admiral
1930 Eola
1936 John Crickett
1943 Lewis Cass
1952 Iliuliuk
1957 Fair Weather
1959 Wallybug
1975 Chubasco




In the News~

September 7, 1913 [LAT]: “...Another discovery Davis and his associates made on their visit was the wreck of a gasoline boat engine, and a diving suit. No trace of the unfortunate voyagers could be found, and behind the find may rest another mystery of the sea. Davis advances the suggestion that it may be the last of a party of fishers, washed in upon the rocks and wrecked. ...Eight years ago the island received its first newspaper publicity when a gasoline launch which attempted to land there was wrecked and the crew washed ashore but with little food on an island unvisited for years at a time. A small skiff was saved and in this Anselmo Ortez, and a little girl set out for Escondido, 300 miles away in what is probably one of the longest trips ever made in a small row boat at sea. Ortez still visits the island to secure goat hides. The island is about twenty-six miles long and fourteen miles wide, and there is but one landing place and trail leading to the heights where all of South America appears spread out before the beholder. It finds little place in early history and charts, and was first mentioned by Cortez when he wrote of sighting "a great island off Lower California." Is Guadalupe, so long the playground of sea elephants, and wild goats at last to come into its own? Is the story at last to come into its own? Is the story of Thaddeus Beecher who "arivt in 1807" to be unfolded to the world, and will the log of that adventuresome ship Zephyr, give a new thrill when it is found beneath the time-buried granite pile upon which were so laboriously carved the names of that Yankee crew in the days of knighthood and adventure ”