Shaw Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island

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Shaw Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island is located on the southeast coast of the island near Sandstone Point, just around the corner from Yellowbanks and Smugglers. The place name appears on the June 1882 U.S. Coast Survey map Pacific Coast from Santa Monica to Point Conception, including the Santa Barbara Channel, California, J.E. Hilgard, Superintendent. Presumably the placename originated with or commemorates James Barron Shaw.

The kelp beds offshore offer good fishing. Where there is kelp, there are rocks, however.