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WRECK & RESCUE

HEROES OF HOLYHEAD LIFEBOAT STATION
Wreck & Recue – Autumn 2016

Established in 1828, Holyhead Lifeboat Station is the oldest lifeboat station on the
Welsh coast. Over the years, surfmen have saved hundreds of lives and garnered
numerous awards for gallantry.

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ADVENTURES OF THE GOLDEN GATE LIFE-SAVING STATION
Wreck & Recue – February 2016

California's first lighthouses were built in the 1850s. However, the first life-saving facility,
the Golden Gate Life-Saving Station, wasn't established until 1878. Many owe a debt of
gratitude to the brave surfmen who risked their lives to save others.

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MAINS'L HAUL

SHIPWRECKS AND CASTAWAYS:
THE SHIPWRECK LEGENDS OF GALEN WOLF

Mains'l Haul – Fall 2006

Legends of the Coastland, the unpublished works of Galen Wolf (1889-1976), are brought to the foredeck
and enliven our imaginations. His shipwreck renderings and tales offer a rare portal into early California
coastal history.

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CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSES:
A LIGHTHOUSE AND ITS PEOPLE

Mains'l Haul – Spring 2001

The accounts of living in the lighthouse's shadow provide a glimpse into a sometimes bucolic, sometimes
hazardous, and now vanished coastal life. Only the lighthouse itself and these recollections, some
published for the first time, remain.

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LA PENINSULA
THE STORIED WATERS OF PIGEON POINT
La Peninsula – Winter 2008

Highlighted here are historic photos and excerpts from JoAnn's book, "Shipwrecks, Scalawags, and Scavengers: The Storied Waters of Pigeon Point." One reviewer noted that the article is, "An excellent chronicling of a century of tragedy-filled maritime history."

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CLASSIC CASUALTIES

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CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSE BORN OUT OF TRAGIC SHIPWRECKS
Professional Mariner – March 2009

It took years of petitioning the U.S. Lighthouse Service Board before money was allocated for a lighthouse at Pigeon Point. The most significant events influencing the decision were the wrecks of two ships, Coya and Hellespont, and the loss of many aboard.

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PEWABIC SINKING WAS ONE OF THE WORST GREAT LAKES DISASTERS
Professional Mariner – October/November 2005

She is remembered as the Ghost Ship of Thunder Bay and Lake Huron's Death Ship. The memory of the Pewabic
has haunted mariners since her tragic demise after the end of the Civil War.

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SAN JUAN SINKING WRECKED LIVES AND REPUTATIONS
Professional Mariner – February/March 2004

The sinking of the passenger ship San Juan in 1929 was one of the worst disasters ever along the coast of California.
Lost in the wreck were an historic ship, a captain's reputation, and many productive and promising lives.

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ANCHOR LIGHT
NOSTALGIC TRIP ABOARD A MILITARY TRANSPORT
Anchor Light – April 2004

Having served in World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam, the General E.D. Patrick was one of the largest
and finest vessels afloat. Assigned to military sea transportation duties, she is also the shimmering
reflection of a significant and nearly forgotten maritime era.

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LIGHTHOUSE DIGEST

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REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED
Lighthouse Digest - December 2016

The 75th Anniversary of the start of World War II is a time to remember those who served their
country. During the war, many lighthouses became Coast Guard posts, including Año Nuevo,
Pigeon Point, and Point Montara.


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A PORTRAIT IN TIME
Lighthouse Digest - May 2015

Those who served at historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse often return. Somehow, the lofty beacon
calls them back, allowing us to share their stories. This "portrait in time" is about
Coast Guard Keeper Bud Stevens who viewed the haunting remnants of two shipwrecks.


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POINT MONTARA LENS SHEDS LIGHT ON "SHIPS OF THE WORLD"
Lighthouse Digest - May 2014

The Fresnel lens that once lit Point Montara Lighthouse is gleaming again, shedding light
on a new permanent exhibit called "Ships of the World." Learn how JoAnn, who was
interviewed for a special maritime video, helped launch the exhibit.


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THE NIGHT PIGEON POINT WAS INVADED
Lighthouse Digest - January 2013

Since 1872, many tales have been told about Pigeon Point, its historic lighthouse, and its tragic
shipwrecks. This is an unusual story which surfaced from a man who was a Coast Guard keeper
there during the Korean War.

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PIGEON POINT CELEBRATES 140TH ANNIVERSARY
Lighthouse Digest - January 2013

Pigeon Point Lighthouse is an iconic symbol of our maritime heritage. Read about JoAnn’s
participation in the historic 140th Anniversary Celebration where she continued to help
raise funds for educational and restoration efforts.

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STILL LIGHTING THE WAY
Lighthouse Digest - January 2012

The safety of Pigeon Point's first order Fresnel lens has been threatened since damage to its tower
in 2001. From 115 feet in the air, each panel was dismantled, lowered to the ground by cable,
reassembled, and placed on display. Read about this amazing labor love.

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POINT MONTARA LIGHTHOUSE CELEBRATES MARITIME DAY
Lighthouse Digest - August 2010

Point Montara Lighthouse celebrated National Maritime Day with an event as unique as its lighthouse tower.
This story captures the day's events, reflecting on the area's seafaring heritage and honoring the people
and the ships connected with the sentinel.

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LIFE AT POINT MONTARA LIGHTHOUSE
Lighthouse Digest - March 2009

Standing only thirty feet high, Point Montara Lighthouse is the nation's only tower to have cast its rays across
both Atlantic and Pacific shores. The children of one of the keepers who served there reveal what life was like
at Point Montara and other California light stations.

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THE PEOPLE OF PIGEON POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Lighthouse Digest - October 2008

Lighthouses are not simply inanimate towers made of brick and granite. Their walls are filled with tales of the
people who lived, worked, and sometimes died there. This story captures the human stories that provide us with
the tower's true story and offers us a glimpse into a vanished way of life.

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MEMORIES OF A LIGHTHOUSE LOOKOUT STATION
Lighthouse Digest - July 2008

During World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard established beach patrols and lookout stations at many lighthouse sites.
This story offers one seaman's recollections of Año Nuevo Point which formed part of the lookout network along
California shores.

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NEW INTERACTIVE CENTER OPENS AT PIGEON POINT
Lighthouse Digest - January 2008

Hundreds of people attended the 135th Anniversary Lighting of Pigeon Point Lighthouse and the Grand Opening
of the new Visitor's Center. Relatives of former lighthouse keepers and of a passenger lost in Pigeon Point's
worst shipwreck participated in the event. This story captures their memories, sending a signal that Pigeon
Point's early history is not forgotten.

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RETROSPECTIVE

MEMORIES OF GALEN WOLF
Retrospective, April 2016

Few artists capture the lure and lore of the Coastside as uniquely as Galen Wolf.
His colorful paintings made him a local legend. The Matheny family, who lived
next door to Wolf for several years, share their memories of that special time.


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MYSTERY WRECKAGE WASHES ASHORE
Retrospective, June 2015

Recently, a large worm eaten board washed onto the beach at Half Moon Bay.
Riddled with large copper spikes, the mystery object seems to be wreckage
from the 19th century when ship planks were copper sheathed. Could it be
from a bark that sank in 1856, or a sailing ship that wrecked in 1881?

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A TRIBUTE TO THE GONZALES FAMILY
Retrospective, June 2015

When the Rydal Hall wrecked near Point Montara in 1867, Chico Gonzales snatched
a wooden sea chest from the surf. Passed down to John E. Gonzales, it became
an appropriate memento. He was Keeper at Point Montara Lighthouse from 1955 to
1963.

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FAMOUS ANCESTOR LIT THE COASTSIDE
Journal of Local History – Spring 2014

After sailing to California in 1858, Phineas Frost Marston began building houses
in San Francisco. His work turned to designing historic Coastside lighthouses,
including Pigeon Point, Año Nuevo, and Point Montara.

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A TALE OF TWO VOYAGES
Retrospective – March 2013

For more than forty years, the steamship San Juan passed our Coastside shores. For most passengers,
the trip was filled with adventure and excitement. For others, it meant only tragedy.

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ECHOES FROM THE DEEP
Retrospective – September 2012

For centuries, ships’ bells have been used for signaling, keeping time, and providing alarm. Nearly a
century after the ill-fated Rydal Hall sank, her bell was salvaged from the deep reaches of the sea.

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COASTSIDE SHIPWRECKS: UNIMAGINED TREASURES
Retrospective – February 2012

Shipwrecks conjure up thoughts of gold doubloons, jewels, and fortunes beyond one’s wildest dreams.
Yet, the treasures they hold are not what might be imagined. Many ship artifacts hold cherished
memories for generations of local families.

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