SHIPWRECKS: SANTA CATALINA ISLAND

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SHIPWRECKS: SANTA CATALINA ISLAND


WRECKED VESSEL
1582 Santa Marta
1598 San Pedro (galleon)
1641 Nuestra Señora de Ayuda (galleon)
1754 San Sebastian (galleon)
1832 Josephine
1852 Santa Cecilia
1889 Sea Lion
1890 Aleut
1891 Fawn
1905 Linda
1916 Gray
1916 Hujo
1916 O. D.
1920 Itzumato
1920 North Star
1923 Tacoma
1924 Alpine
1924 Prosper
1924 Taurus
1926 Charles F. Crocker
1926 Llewelyn J. Morse
1926 Los Amigos
1926 S. N. Castle
1926 Una-C
1926 William G. Irwin
1928 Dauntless
1928 President Lincoln III
1929 Charles F. Crocker
1930 Valiant
1931 Empire
1931 Windward
1931 Lady Alta
1932 Advance
1932 Detroit
1933 Margaret C
1933 Minnie F.
1933 Miya
1933 Pegeen
1934 Spenmar
1935 Ning Po
1935 Rassino II
1937 Kitka
1937 Pronto
1938 Palmyra
1938 M. K. No. 1
1939 Katinka
1941 Agram
1941 Brothers
1941 Marlin
1941 Nellie
1941 Ruby J
1943 Chicago
1946 Esther May
1946 San Simeon
1947 Dauntless
1947 Rassino II
1949 Vashon
1948 sardine boat (see below)
1950 Dorothy R
1950 Onward
1951 Alicia
1952 Blue Sky
1952 Fireball
1954 North Head
1954 Say When
1954 Tinker Toy IV
1955 A. J. Russo
1955 Benjie Boy
1955 Tiburon
1956 Genevieve H. II
1956 Husey
1956 Jackpot
1957 Scuba
1960 WTCO No. 17
1960 Zephyr
1961 Two Sisters (#259445)
1963 Linda (#233667)
1963 Ozella
1964 Grace
1965 Brodie
1965 Wayward
1966 Bearkat
1966 Kanaka Bug
1966 La Querida
1966 Old Timer
1966 Playa del Rey
1967 Louise
1973 Voyager
1979 Black Sheep
1980 SueJac
1981 unnamed boat (see below)
1990 Diosa Del Mar
1990 Queen of the Sea
1992 Kingfisher II
2005 Tropical Penguin
2006 Infidel
2011 Extreme Snailing
2011 Midnight Star
2014 Real Joy
Kismet



In the News~

August 26, 1909 [LAH]: “Whittier boys believed dead. Stolen launch is found wrecked on rocks. Three lads who made perilous escape from camp on Catalina Island thought to have perished at sea. Not until the sea gives up its dead and the last wave washes the shore of eternity will be known the fate of Willie Ernst, George P. Weaver and Ramon Salazar, Whittier cadets who escaped from Camp Banning, Catalina Island, August 11, is the belief of fishermen and seafaring men of Avalon and San Pedro. Ernst, Weaver and Salazar were inmates of the Whittier Reform School. The second week in August they, with a large number of fellow students, were taken to Catalina Island on the annual outing of the Whittier cadets. Camp Banning, as the cove in which they make their summer home is known, is fifteen miles as the crow flies from the harbor of Avalon. On the night of August 11 Willie Ernst, 17 years old, committed to Whittier from Alameda county; George P. Weaver, 16 years old, from Santa Clara county; and Ramon Salazar, 16 years old from Riverside county, made up their minds that the world was wide and large, and the Camp Banning Cove, with its environments and the reform school in the background, was too small for their occupancy, and then and there they plotted to escape.” It was easy of accomplishment, this getting away from the reform school camp. There was only some hundreds of feet of cliff and bluff to scale; just a few miles of goat trails to follow; only a mile or two of ocean to swim, and then freedom. Freedom. That word meant all the world to these boys, and they gave the world for it. From Camp Banning they crept up the side of a bluff hundreds of feet to a narrow trail that led along the ocean front toward Avalon, fifteen miles away. Over these narrow trails, up and down mountains, across gorges and through inlets and coves which they had to swim, these three boys made their way. Just how will never be known, but at last they got to the bay of Avalon, and there they swam out to a cruising launch, the Dixie, owned by Colonel Moore, and, starting the engines, sailed away from the magic isle, from the Whittier Camp, to freedom. Yesterday afternoon Ramon Sepulveda, a fisherman of San Pedro, discovered on the reefs at White's Point, eight miles north of San Pedro, the wreck of the Dixie on the rough points of rocks that jut out from the land there. The cruising launch was stove in, bow and side, and was waterlogged on the reef. A half mile away the tender, a twelve-foot dory, was found dashed to pieces on the rocks of the shore. From the position in which the launch and tender were lying it is the opinion of seafaring men that the three boys who escaped from Catalina that night were drowned in the surf and waves and the tide rip of White's Point. That the boys could have made a landing there is believed to be impossible. The night they escaped from Camp Banning and stole the launch of Colonel Moore, and started for the mainland, was one of the roughest of the entire season. Jans Stenson, a boatman and fisherman of San Pedro, made the trip from Avalon to San Pedro that night in a fishing boat built to stand the wear of a storm. He says the weather was so rough that night he feared for the safety of his boat, and he is satisfied that if the three Whittier boys left the island in the little cruising launch they were dashed on the rocks of White's Cove and their bodies washed out to sea.”


December 7, 1948 [San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune]: “Sardine boat sinks off Catalina Island. Los Angeles.—A fishing boat that sank off Catalina Island with a 45-ton sardine catch was valued today at $40,000 by its captain, Angelo Le Grande. Le Grande told the coast guardsman that the boat, with nine men aboard, began sinking on the return from an all-night fishing trip. The crew signaled a barge which pulled alongside and the men jumped to safety as the boat sank in Catalina harbor. Angelo Lucito of the San Carlos cannery, Oxnard, Cal., owned the craft.”


September 9, 1957 [LAT]: “Fishermen go back for more after shipwreck. Even a shipwreck couldn't daunt some 42 hardy fishermen yesterday morning. The 65-foot sport fishing boat Hurricane sailed from Pierpont Landing about midnight Saturday with that many persons aboard bound for deep sea fishing grounds. About 2:30 a.m. it ran aground at the rock quarry at the east end of Catalina Island. The skipper radioed for help and the fishing vessel Sea Sport came to the rescue. All fishermen aboard were taken off the Hurricane and transported back to Pierpont Landing. The Hurricane then floated free of the rocks and returned to the landing under its own power. The fishermen were put aboard other boats and promptly headed once again for the open sea.”


November 28, 1981 [San Francisco Chronicle]: “...Within days, the marina was crawling with insurance investigators, because Reinerston had collected $50,000 from the same insurance company on a policy he had taken out on another boat that reportedly sank off Catalina Island in 1979 when it was struck by a whale, according to authorities and marina workers.”


December 05, 1988 [LAT]: “Man Killed in Boating Crash; 2 Saved From Cliff. One Orange County man died and another was seriously injured when a boat crashed into rocks near Avalon Harbor on Santa Catalina Island, authorities said Sunday. To the north, in the waters off Ventura County, national park service rangers rescued two men after their kayak smashed into a large rock near Anacapa Island and sank. Details of the Santa Catalina accident remained sketchy a day later, but Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said the victims were part of a small group that had left Newport Beach on Saturday morning for a day of "fun and fishing" near the island. Alcohol was consumed by adults on board the power boat during the day, authorities said. At about 6 p.m. Saturday, the fishermen decided to return to the mainland when the boat crashed in Lover's Cove. William Golfe, 40, of Newport Beach, was hurled overboard, striking his head on rocks, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said. He was pronounced dead at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. Sean Caudillo, 22, of Newport Beach, was in serious condition at the hospital. At least two other people on the boat were treated for minor injuries. They were not identified.”