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Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Historic Capstan

 
 
Historic Capstan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
1. Historic Capstan Marker
Inscription.  John Peck Stearns arrived in Santa Barbara in 1867 and built the town's first lumber mill. Frustrated with the rickety wharf at the foot of Chapala Street, Stearns built his own wharf, which soon created an economic boom for Santa Barbara.

Built by the Hyde Windlass Company of Bath, Maine this capstan is a reminder of those early days. Its strong mechanical force was used to pull on ropes, cables, and hawsers for lifting and hauling sails, anchor lines, and other such tasks at sea, and ashore to supplement straining manpower. This capstan is made entirely of iron, with gearing in the head that provides a mechanical advantage when the bars are pushed counterclockwise.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 34° 24.576′ N, 119° 41.138′ W. Marker is in Santa Barbara, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on Stearns Wharf, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Barbara CA 93101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stearns Wharf (a few steps from this marker); Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (a

Historic Capstan and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
2. Historic Capstan and Marker
The marker is visible here mounted atop the capstan.
few steps from this marker); "St. Barbara" (a few steps from this marker); Stearns Wharf Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Barbara's First People (approx. 0.3 miles away); Santa Barbara Veterans' Memorial Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sambo's Birthplace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fly To-Day (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Barbara.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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