A Long, Dangerous Coastline: Shipwreck Tales from Alaska to California

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2010 - History - 126 pages
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On September 8, 1923, seven US Navy destroyers rammed into jagged rocks on the California coast. Twenty-three sailors died that night. Five years earlier, the Canadian Pacific passenger ship Princess Sophia steamed into Vanderbilt Reef in Alaska's Lynn Canal. When she sank, she took 353 people to their deaths. From San Francisco's fog-bound Golden Gate to the stormy Inside Passage of British Columbia and Alaska, the magnificent west coast of North America has taken a deadly toll. Here are the dramatic tales of ships that met their end on this treacherous coastline—including Princess Sophia, Benevolence, Queen of the North and others.

 

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Contents

prologue
7
introduction
10
On Anacapas Foggy Shores
12
Lost on St Georges Reef
19
Alaskans Last Voyage
28
Aground in Alaska
35
Death at the Golden Gate
44
Islander and the Iceberg
53
Adrift on Coronation Island
66
Francis H Leggetts Final Storm
73
Princess Sophias Clash with a Vanderbilt
80
The Honda Point Fiasco
91
The End ofOhioans Career
99
The Night a Queen Died
112
index
125
Copyright

Speed Kills
60

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About the author (2010)

Anthony Dalton is the author of numerous books on maritime history including The Graveyard of the Pacific, The Fur-Trade Fleet, Alone against the Arctic, and Sir John Franklin. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and is past-president of the Canadian Authors Association. He lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.

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