Namor wrote:Thanks for the heads up on the book, it sounds interesting. One of my favorites in the genre of our local islands is Shipwrecks Smugglers and Maritime Mysteries by Wheeler and Kallman.
It in addition to the topics in the title, it has chapters on diving accidents as well. My favorite part of the book is the story of Gustavo Pinzon who in 1985, after being swept overboard at Anacapa swam the chanell at night, to reach the mainland. As he aproached her saw the lights on shore that his cousins had fired up after reaching it in their boat and he made it to shore
That's a GREAT book Jeremy. One of my favorites too.
I've had that book for a very long time, and still find myself reading it on occasion.
It's incredible the amount of crazy stuff that has happened in the Channel and at the Islands.
A few examples from the book: The great simoon of 1859 in Santa Barbara.
June 17, 1859 around noon, a hot blast of air rolled into the SB area ramping up to 133 degrees F.
For 3 hours the temps held at 130 F. Santa Barbara held the title of highest temp ever recorded in North America till 1935.
Did you know in 1942, a Japanese sub launched a few shells onto land from right offshore the SB coast?
The one story from that book that has always stuck in my mind was the one where the 2 young guys were out diving at the Islands in their 17 ft Whaler and couldn't get the boat started. They called the Coast Guard for a tow in. The 2 fellows stayed in their boat and put on life preservers and their wetsuits. The CG tossed them a rope, had them tie off and the young guys settled in for the approximate 3 hour tow in. when the CG cutter made the turn into CI Harbor, they noticed the boat was flipped over.
Both guys drowned. They were found 7 miles from the harbor with the life preservers and tops of their wetsuits ripped off from trying to hang on.
Anyways, great book. Thanks for mentioning that Jeremy