A Long, Dangerous Coastline: Shipwreck Tales from Alaska to California

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On September 8, 1923, a convoy of 14 U.S. Navy destroyers raced astern into the Santa Barbara Channel off California's coast in darkness and thick fog. Minutes later seven of the ships crashed one after another into jagged rocks, and 23 sailors died that night. Only five years before, a Canadian passenger ship steamed blind down Alaska's Lynn Canal in a late-night snowstorm. She was en route from Skagway to Vancouver when she ran up on Vanderbilt Reef, only four hours into her voyage. Less than two days later she...

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A Long, Dangerous Coastline: Shipwreck Tales from Alaska to California

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On September 8, 1923, a convoy of 14 U.S. Navy destroyers raced astern into the Santa Barbara Channel off California's coast in darkness and thick fog. Minutes later seven of the ships crashed one after another into jagged rocks, and 23 sailors died that night. Only five years before, a Canadian passenger ship steamed blind down Alaska's Lynn Canal in a late-night snowstorm. She was en route from Skagway to Vancouver when she ran up on Vanderbilt Reef, only four hours into her voyage. Less than two days later she slid off the reef and sank, taking more than 350 people to their deaths. The west coast of North America has some of the world's most beautiful scenery along its thousands of miles of bays, coves and forbidding cliffs, but it's often subjected to ferocious storms that play havoc with shipping. Here are stories of ships that met tragic ends-Brother Jonathan, Princess Sophia, Benevolence, Star of Bengal, Columbia and others-and the passengers and crews who found themselves in extreme danger on this long, dangerous coastline.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926613734
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Amazing Stories
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Dalton is the author of eight non-fiction books, including Baychimo: Arctic Ghost Ship and Alone Against the Arctic. He is the national president of the Canadian Authors Association and is an adventurer and photographer who has traveled the world. He divides his time between homes on the mainland and in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 7

Introduction 10

Chapter 1 On Anacapa's Foggy Shores 12

Chapter 2 Lost on St. George's Reef Brother Jonathan 19

Chapter 3 Alaskan's Last Voyage 28

Chapter 4 Aground in Alaska Eliza Anderson 35

Chapter 5 City of Rio de Janeiro: Death at the Golden Gate 44

Chapter 6 Islander and the Iceberg 53

Chapter 7 Columbia: Speed Kills 60

Chapter 8 Star of Bengal: Adrift on Coronation Island 66

Chapter 9 Final Storm Francis H. Leggett's 73

Chapter 10 Clash with a Vanderbilt Princess Sophia's 80

Chapter 11 The Honda Point Fiasco 91

Chapter 12 The End of Ohioan's Career 99

Chapter 13 Benevolence toward Mary Luckenbach 105

Chapter 14 The Night a Queen Died 112

Epilogue 121

Selected Bibliography 123

Index 125

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