Category Archives: Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point: We like different….Images by John Vonderlin

Image by John Vonderlin Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net) And the more traditional view:

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"Mountain Mike" Says: "Yes, this photo is of Pigeon Point & I'm Updating the Butano Park's History"

[Image: Charlie Lund at Pigeon Point.] I’ve had the photo above for quite some time. When I first got it, I thought, it’s Pigeon Point, then I thought I’ve never heard of the Beadle Bros: It couldn’t be Pigeon Point! … Continue reading

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Warning: "X" Marks the Spot Story By John Vonderlin

Story by John Vonderlin (email John: benloudman@sbc.global.net Hi June, Knowing a picture can be worth a thousand words you might want to include the picture numbers from the California Coastal Records Project (CCRP), that cover the Lou Denny Wayne shipwreck … Continue reading

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Modern Shipwrecks: The Lou Denny Wayne by John Vonderlin

Story by John Vonderlin (email John: benloudman@sbcglobal.net) Hi June, As you detailed in your book Half Moon Bay Memories, Pigeon Point’s history has been punctuated by a series of disastrous shipwrecks. The grounding, the night of November 28th, and subsequent … Continue reading

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The Cemetery in the San Dunes…

The Cemetery in the Sand Dunes In the summer of 2001 something white in the sand caught the eye of a hiker as he walked among the wind-eroded dunes near Point Ano Nuevo. There was something about it that made … Continue reading

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….Pigeon Point Lighthouse….

The wreck of the Hellespoint fed fuel to a growing movement seeking government funds for construction of a lighthouse along this notorious stretch of shoreline…but when they first chose to buy Ano Nuevo, and finding the asking price too high, … Continue reading

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More Pigeon Point:…The Hellespont Horror

[Note: I wrote this in 1977.] The voyage was not a smooth one as Frederick Wilson steered the American ship, Hellespont, along the rocky California coast in November of 1868. Not only dark weather but ruthless winds and a boiling … Continue reading

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More Story of Pigeon Point: The Coya, The Forget-Me-Not…

[Note: I wrote this in 1977.] In 1867 tragedy struck again…this time the British bark, Coya, carrying a cargo of coal from Newcastle rammed a reef near Franklin Point. The Coya, whose 27 passengers included three women, turned over and … Continue reading

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…More Story of Pigeon Point…Sir John Franklin

[Note: I wrote this in 1977.] While searching for San Francisco in 1865, the American clipper, Sir John Franklin, lost her way in a dense fog and mountainous sea. When the weather cleared some 24 hours later, the captain viewed … Continue reading

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…The Story of Pigeon Point: The Carrier Pigeon

[Note: I wrote this in 1977] When the ship Carrier Pigeon vanished into a thick blanket of fog somewhere near Point Ano Nuevo in 1853, Captain Azariah Doane desperately sought to determine his bearings. Captain Doane little realized then that … Continue reading

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