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 of Point 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
JoAnn is featured in a video highlighting local maritime history which is part of a
permanent exhibit entitled “Ships of the World” at the San Mateo County History
Museum. She is also a consultant with California State Parks, and a member of the Pigeon Point
Lighthouse State Historic Park Vision Advisory Committee for its restoration and
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