Near Caspar in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
History Pivots on a Rock
With a mighty jolt a rock took our rudder and punched a hole in her hull. The Frolic was sinking and none of us knew how to swim! Captain Faucon, bless him, barked his orders as the ship kept turnin' into the rocks. Finally the sails caught the wind and he beached her in the cove.
The Captain, officers and most of us mates rowed off into the night. Our boat leaked faster that we could bail. We were in danger of our lives so the Captain left us at the mouth of a big river. He and his officers took the good boat and rowed on.
I never saw the Captain again, though there's more to the story. Our magnificent cargo of silks, ceramics, and bottles of ale, brought all the way from China and beyond, became treasure for Pomo people and new settlers for miles around.
Eventually, a man named Ford made his way to the wreck, but found nothing to salvage. Instead, he discovered another kind of treasure: the huge old trees grown' along the river to the south.
Narration based on archeological reports and materials. Visit the Lighthouse
Erected by California State Parks.
Location. 39° 21.194′ N, 123° 49.385′ W. Marker is near Caspar, California, in Mendocino County. Marker can be reached from Lighthouse Road near Point Cabrillo Drive, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45300 Lighthouse Road, Caspar CA 95420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mendocino Masonic Hall (approx. 3˝ miles away); Temple Kwan Tai (approx. 3˝ miles away); Mendocino Presbyterian Church (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Parrish Family Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site (approx. 6.3 miles away); Charles Russell Johnson (approx. 6.4 miles away); Fort Bragg (approx. 6.4 miles away); Fort Building (approx. 6˝ miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located in Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park on the North Trail overlooking Frolic Cove.
Also see . . . The Voyage of the ‘Frolic’ - Stanford University Press. In the late summer of 1984, the author and a group of his archaeology students excavated fragments of Chinese porcelain at the site of a Pomo Indian village a hundred miles north of San Francisco. How did these ceramics, which were more than a hundred years old, find their way to this remote area? (Submitted on August 5, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 5. submitted on August 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.