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Stranded sailboat, Santa Cruz Island, March 2, 2016


1858 San Buenaventura
1859 Laura Bevan
1890 Undine
1894 Lesto
1897 Chappo
1898 Helene
1901 Bell
1901 Francine
1906 Sea Lion
1908 Irene
1912 Nellie
1917 Halfhill No. 5
1917 Japanese fishing vessel (see below)
1918 International I
1919 Alvra
1919 Unknown name (see below)
1922 Unity
1923 Eagle
1923 O.K.
1924 Lion
1926 Grey Ghost
1927 Maryland
1931 Typhoon
1933 Nigger Boy
1936 Columbus
1936 Imperial
1938 Emil
1938 Yukon
1941 City of Sausalito
1949 Santa Clara
1952 Aurora
1952 Billcona
1952 Golden Gate
1953 Corsair
1955 Ruth E
1956 Sea Lion
1960 Marie
1960 Santa Cruz
1961 Elaine
1961 Vineth
1962 Dolphin IV
1964 Georgie
1966 Cinnamon Bear
1966 Marjorie J
1966 Trilogy
1966 White Cap
1968 Black Dolphin
1968 Mary
1969 Marimari
1970 Unknown name (see below)
1970 Sea Wanderer
1971 Unknown name
1972 Sierra
1972 Swallow
1972 Unknown (see below)
1973 Liberty (#No.256332)
1974 Englyn
1974 Joan
1975 Gladys l
1977 Blazenka B
1978 Chelan
1978 Jana Dawn
1980s Spirit of America
1980 Emerald
1980 Peacock
1983 Pegasus
1984 U.S.S. ''Prime''
1987 Tamarindo
1991 Paintmaker
1991 Pursuit
1993 Vil Vana
1999 unnamed (see below)
2006 Five G's
2016 unknown

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.”

February 25, 1919 [OT]: “The recent storm in the southern waters has caused considerable damage. One of the California Fishing Company’s large fishing schooners was wrecked at Willows near Santa Cruz Island. The crew swam ashore.”

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 thirtyfive-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.”

November 30, 1970 [Independent, Long Beach]: “Lost Pair Found on Island. Coast Guardsmen Sunday rescued two fishermen stranded on Santa Cruz Island by heavy seas. Leon White, 30, of 2235 W. 25th St., San Pedro, and Aaron Lederfine, 33, of Camarillo, became the object of a search after they failed to return from a fishing trip from Ventura to the island, a Coast Guard spokesman said. Dispatched to Santa Cruz Island, the cutter Cape Hatteras spotted the pair's beached 17-foot sailboat. Two Coast Guardsmen swam shore, where they discovered White and Lederfine. The men said they decided to remain on the island rather than face rough seas created by the storm which has lashed the southland this week. White and Lederfine were taken by Coast Guard helicopter to Santa Barbara.”

March 27, 1972 [LAT]: “The Coast Guard officially suspended its search for a Sepulveda man, believed drowned when a 23-foot sailboat in which he was a passenger capsized near Santa Cruz Island Saturday night. The boat's owner, Jeffrey R. Robinson, 15505 Nordhoff St., Sepulveda, said he last saw his friend, Charles Kern, 23, of 1506 Gledhill St., when the craft overturned in a sudden surge. Robinson swam to the island and was rescued Sunday morning by the cutter Point Judith, which had been sent to search when the boat was reported overdue at Channel Islands Marina, Oxnard.”

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 anothers 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.”