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Near Inverness in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Victims of the Coast

 
 
Victims of the Coast Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
1. Victims of the Coast Marker
Inscription. No one knows how many cries for help went unanswered along this isolated coast. If shipwreck victims were not overcome by pounding surf, they would perish in a cold sea. But once the Life-Saving Station was established in 1889, victims of the coast were offered a new hope of survival. While Point Reyes is now a place for visitors to create pleasant memories, there was once a time when it was the source of nightmares for wreck victims. The wrecks below are but a few of the many vessels that have met their end on this hazardous point.

Shipwrecks, left to right:

Munleon - 1931, 28 lives saved, none lost
Passengers and Crew: 28
Cause of Wreck: Navigational error in heavy fog and wind
Location: Point Reyes Headlands, ran aground at full speed
Rescue method: 36-foot motor lifeboat
Outcome: All hands saved

Hartwood - 1929, 27 lives saved, none lost
Cargo: Lumber
Passengers and Crew: 27
Cause of Wreck: Navigational error in heavy fog and wind
Location: Point Reyes Headlands near Chimney Rock
Rescue method: 36-foot motor lifeboat and breeches buoy
Outcome: All hands saved

United Airlines DC-3 - 1938, 2 lives saved, 5 lost
Cargo: 30 bags of US Mail
Passengers and Crew: 7
Cause of Wreck:
Victims of the Coast Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 30, 2017
2. Victims of the Coast Marker
This marker is on the left.
Lack of fuel, after losing bearings in a storm
Location: 1 1/4 miles west of lifeboat station lookout
Rescue method: Hoisting victims up a 400 foot cliff via rope
Outcome: 2 lives saved, 5 lost
 
Erected by National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore.
 
Location. 37° 59.744′ N, 122° 58.75′ W. Marker is near Inverness, California, in Marin County. Marker is on Chimney Rock Road near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Inverness CA 94937, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lives of Sacrifice and Service are Honored Here (here, next to this marker); Sea Life in These Waters (within shouting distance of this marker); Whalewatching (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Drake (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preserving Our Maritime Past (approx. 0.3 miles away); Point Reyes Conglomerate (approx. 2.2 miles away); Point Reyes Light Station (approx. 2.2 miles away); Common Murres (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inverness.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located near the Chimney Rock parking lot at the end of the Chimney Rock Road.
 
Also see . . .  Tales of Fateful Ships: Marin's Most Famous Shipwrecks - Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Over 400 years ago, in November, 1595, a Spanish galleon, the San Agustín, was journeying along Marin's rocky coastllne in stormy weather, and sank off Point Reyes near Drake's Bay. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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