Graveyard of the Pacific, The: Shipwreck Stories from the Depths of History

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On January 22, 1906, the passenger ship Valencia lost her way in heavy fog and rain and rammed into the deadly rocks at Pachena Point on the west coast of Vancouver Island. As the wreck was shattered by the pounding waves, the survivors clung desperately to the rigging. Few made it the short distance to shore through the frigid and turbulent waves-117 of the 164 souls aboard perished. A year earlier, the King David had been wrecked on Bajo Reef near Nootka Sound. The fate of her sailors was much more ...

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The Graveyard of the Pacific: Shipwreck Tales from the Depths of History

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On January 22, 1906, the passenger ship Valencia lost her way in heavy fog and rain and rammed into the deadly rocks at Pachena Point on the west coast of Vancouver Island. As the wreck was shattered by the pounding waves, the survivors clung desperately to the rigging. Few made it the short distance to shore through the frigid and turbulent waves-117 of the 164 souls aboard perished. A year earlier, the King David had been wrecked on Bajo Reef near Nootka Sound. The fate of her sailors was much more mysterious.Today, the magnificent Pacific coastline of Vancouver Island draws hikers, surfers and storm-watchers to marvel at its natural splendor. But the ghosts of the Valencia, King David, Janet Cowan, Pacific, Soquel and dozens of other lost ships still haunt the rugged shores of the Graveyard of the Pacific. Anthony Dalton tells the incredible stories of many of these ships and their courageous crews, who often discovered that their nightmares had only begun once they made it ashore.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926613314
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Amazing Stories
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Dalton is a British-born Canadian adventurer, writer and photographer. His expeditions have taken him across the Sahara, through the deserts of the Middle East, through the Sundarbans jungle of Bangladesh and into the Arctic. His adventure and boating-related articles have been published in magazines and newspapers in 20 countries and in nine languages.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 The Earliest Wrecks in the Graveyard 13

Chapter 2 A Mystery Wreck 24

Chapter 3 Three Ill-Fated Sailing Ships 28

Chapter 4 The Pacific Disaster of 1874 36

Chapter 5 Janet Cowan Meet her End 46

Chapter 6 Cleveland's Fate 54

Chapter 7 The Saga of King David 61

Chapter 8 The Valencia Tragedy 66

Chapter 9 Soquel's Misfortune 78

Chapter 10 The Deadly Storms of Early 1923 83

Chapter 11 Tatjana's Plight 91

Chapter 12 Naval Ships at Risk 97

Chapter 13 Nereus and Pass of Melfort 104

Chapter 14 The 1940s 108

Chapter 15 Vanlene's Simple Saga 116

Epilogue 120

Bibliography 122

Index 123

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