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JOANN SEMONES, Ph.D.
MARITIME AUTHOR & HISTORIAN


Focusing on shipwrecks at lighthouses along the Central California Coast, author JoAnn Semones charts a course through our amazing maritime history.

Each book brings to the surface stories long thought to have vanished beneath the sea. In her engaging style, JoAnn gives voice to each ship and its journey, weaving in the lives of shipping magnates, sailing masters, ordinary seamen, and women who saved the day.

JoAnn's latest work, "Whalers, Wharves, and Warfare: People and Events that Shaped Pigeon Point," is the fifth book in her captivating series. Others include – "Pirates, Pinnacles, and Petticoats: Shipwrecks of Point Pinos and Monterey Bay;" "Sea of Troubles: The Lost Ships of Point Sur," "Hard Luck Coast: The Perilous Reefs ofPoint Montara" and "Shipwrecks, Scalawags, and Scavengers: The Storied Waters of Pigeon Point." Her sea tales and life stories have appeared in a variety of national and international publications.

She has made presentations before many history associations, educational organizations, civic and senior groups, as well as participated in special events at Coastside lighthouses, the historic Johnston House, Kohl Mansion, and Villa Montalvo, and aboard the Liberty ship Jeremiah O'Brien.

JoAnn is featured in a video highlighting local maritime history which is part of a new permanent exhibit entitled “Ships of the World” at the San Mateo County History Museum. She is also a consultant with California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.




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