SHIPWRECKS: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

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SHIPWRECKS: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

VESSEL WRECKED
Alvra 1919
Aurora 1952
Bell 1901
Billcona 1952
Black Dolphin 1968
Blazenka B 1977
Chappo 1897
Chelan 1978
Cinnamon Bear 1966
City of Sausalito 1941
Columbus 1936
Corsair 1953
Dolphin IV 1962
Eagle 1923
Elaine 1961
Englyn 1974
Five G's 2006
Francine 1901
Georgie 1964
Gladys l 1975
Golden Gate 1952
Grey Ghost 1926
Halfhill No. 5 1917
Helene 1898
Imperial 1936
International I 1918
Irene 1908
Jana Dawn 1978
Japanese fishing vessel 1917
Joan 1974
Laura Bevan 1859
Lesto 1894
Liberty 1973
Lion 1924
Marie 1960
Marimari 1969
Mary 1968
Maryland 1927
Nellie 1912
Nigger Boy 1933
O.K. 1923
Peacock 1980
Pegasus 1983
Pursuit 1991
U.S.S. Prime 1984
Ruth E 1955
San Buenaventura 1858
Santa Clara 1949
Santa Cruz 1960
Sea Lion 1906
Sea Lion 1956
Sea Wanderer 1970
Sierra 1972
Spirit of America 1980s
Swallow 1972
Tamarindo 19
Trilogy 1966
Typhoon 1931
Undine 1890
Unity 192
Vil Vana 1993
Vineth 1961
White Cap 1966
Yukon 1938
Unknown name, California Fishing Co. 1917
Unknown name 1919
Unknown name 1970
Unknown name 1971



In the News~

July 9, 1904 [Marin County Tocsin]: “Ventura — A rowboat wrecked upon the rocks of Santa Cruz Island gives the first certain news of the fate of the two Ventura fishermen who were lost in the hurricane which swept along the coast three weeks ago. The position of the boat would indicate that the men had been carried out to sea, where the boat probably capsized, the men perishing in heavy rollers.”


September 2, 1917 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara. Captain C. Fink of the supply boat Seafarer, has come in from Santa Cruz Island with news of the loss of two fishing boats, the Halfhill, owned by the Halfhill Canning Company of Long Beach, and a Japanese boat, each valued at $4000. The boats ran onto the submerged rocks at the east end of Santa Cruz Island, near Smugglers Cove, while fishing. There is a bare possibility that the Halfhill may be pulled from the rocks, though her position is perilous. The other boat has already been pounded to pieces.”


June 5, 1930 [LAT]: “H. E. Nichols, marine surveyor, took the Red Stack tug Oakburn to the south end of Santa Cruz Island last night, where the disabled thirty0five-foot fishing boat Sanko has been ashore since the night of the lst inst. The Sanko, owned by M. Okuno, was driven ashore in heavy weather when her tail shaft broke. An effort will be made to pull her free this morning.”


December 30, 1947 [SBNP]: “8 relate narrow escape in Channel. Eight Santa Barbara men were safely back in their homes today after being rescued from a disabled boat that was floundering in heavy seas between Santa Cruz Island and the mainland. The party was returning from a jaunt around the island in the cabin cruiser Hall-a-Day when motor trouble developed 10 miles out in the channel. For several hours waves threatened to founder the boat and every member of the party suffered acute seasickness. At nightfall they began sending up flares and finally attracted the crew of the Santa Lucia, fishing oat owned by George V. Castagnola of Santa Barbara. The boat towed them back to Pelican Bay at Santa Cruz where they spent the night. They had some food but only one blanket among them. Their failure to return Sunday night as expected stirred a search in which the Coast Guard dispatched a plane from San Diego and a cutter from Santa Barbara. The plane, a PBY, located the crippled Hall-a-Day late yesterday morning and signaled the Santa Barbara cutter commanded by Joseph F. Ciezlak. The cutter brought the men back to the harbor here late last evening. The boat, which was left at Santa Cruz with skipper Bill Gregory in charge, is to be towed back to Santa Barbara by a fishing boat today. Owner of the boat is Hugo Ciampi, who had recently converted it for use in abalone fishing. Several weeks ago an abalone diver nearly lost his life from the ill-fated craft when his airline was severed on rocks in deep water. Others in the group which left here Sunday morning were Alex Borra, Don Berry, Louis Rattin, Ken Lynch, Jim Mazzia, and Tony and Angelo Ciampi.”


July 29, 1989 [LAT]: “5 Rescued After Their Sailboat Sinks. ANACAPA ISLAND, Calif. — A sailboat ran aground and sank Friday off Anacapa Island, but the crew managed to call for help before sinking and all five people aboard were rescued, the Coast Guard reported. "It was pretty dramatic," Petty Officer Dennis Hull said. "They put out a Mayday, gave their position, and told us what was happening. Then the radio went dead." A National Park Service boat arrived quickly on the scene, just west of Anacapa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park, and plucked three people out of the ocean, Hull said. "They were in the (60-degree) water 10 or 15 minutes," Hull said. "Any longer, and we would have had a disaster." The other two people swam to rocks on Anacapa Island, where they were rescued by a Coast Guard patrol boat.”


February 24, 1997 [LAT: “Two Hospitalized After Pleasure Boat Capsizes. VENTURA — Two men were hospitalized after their pleasure boat was swamped by waves and capsized Sunday off the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. The boat, which began a daylong fishing trip from Ventura Harbor, was anchored in an unsafe direction for wind and sea conditions when it took on water about 11:10 a.m., tossing the owner and five passengers into the ocean near Potato Harbor, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Wilkins. "There were Santa Ana winds, and somehow the stern got into the swell and a wave just broke into the boat and swamped it," Wilkins said, adding that the sunken boat remained fast to its anchor. The owner of the boat, 47-year-old David Kuo of Tarzana, put out a distress call that was picked up by the crew of the Jeffrey Arvid, a 65-foot passenger vessel nearby. It arrived 15 minutes later. One man, Hong Wei Zhu, 42, was pulled from the water semiconscious and another, 64-year-old Spencer Chueng, was coughing up blood, according to Coast Guard officials. Two men boarded the Jeffrey Arvid and two others swam about 120 feet to some nearby rocks, where they clung until the Coast Guard arrived. Zhu and Chueng were airlifted by a Coast Guard helicopter to Columbia Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks. Zhu was treated and released, and Chueng was listed in guarded condition Sunday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said. Kuo was not injured. The three other passengers were identified as Hung Thai Hua of Rosemead, Jeremy Lai of Walnut and Bing Zhou of Alhambra. All four were taken by Coast Guard utility boat to Ventura Harbor.”


January 13, 1999 [LAT]: “Canoe in Fatal Outing Is Found Near Island. VENTURA — An outrigger canoe that carried six men during an outing last week that ended with the death of one paddler and another's disappearance was found more than 20 miles away near Santa Cruz Island. The 40-foot canoe was spotted about 11 a.m. Monday by a group of commercial divers on the vessel Crazy Horse, which was anchored about a mile off the eastern shore of the island, authorities from several agencies said. After notifying the Coast Guard, the dive boat hauled the canoe to the Ventura Harbor, where workers towed it to a nearby beach, said Andy Jones, a Coast Guard boatswain. The canoe had not suffered any major damage, Ventura Harbor Patrol Officer Bob Wallen said. Members of the Channel Islands Outrigger Canoe Club retrieved the canoe Monday night. Club leaders contacted on Tuesday said they were too distraught about the Jan. 3 accident to comment on what the club would do with the craft. The canoe was carrying six club members when it capsized about a mile offshore during an early-morning excursion. Four canoeists survived, one man died of hypothermia, and the sixth man, who tried to swim for help, is presumed dead.”