Victims of the Coast Historical

Victims of the Coast Historical (HM1XS8)

Location: Inverness, CA 94937 Marin County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 59.744', W 122° 58.75'

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No one knows how many cries for help went unanswered along this isolated coast. If shipwreck victims were not overcome by pounding surf, they would perish in a cold sea. But once the Life-Saving Station was established in 1889, victims of the coast were offered a new hope of survival. While Point Reyes is now a place for visitors to create pleasant memories, there was once a time when it was the source of nightmares for wreck victims. The wrecks below are but a few of the many vessels that have met their end on this hazardous point.
Shipwrecks, left to right:

Munleon - 1931, 28 lives saved, none lost
Passengers and Crew: 28
Cause of Wreck: Navigational error in heavy fog and wind
Location: Point Reyes Headlands, ran aground at full speed
Rescue method: 36-foot motor lifeboat
Outcome: All hands saved

Hartwood - 1929, 27 lives saved, none lost
Cargo: Lumber
Passengers and Crew: 27
Cause of Wreck: Navigational error in heavy fog and wind
Location: Point Reyes Headlands near Chimney Rock
Rescue method: 36-foot motor lifeboat and breeches buoy
Outcome: All hands saved

United Airlines DC-3 - 1938, 2 lives saved, 5 lost
Cargo: 30 bags of US Mail
Passengers and Crew: 7
Cause of Wreck:
Lack of fuel, after losing bearings in a storm
Location: 1 1/4 miles west of lifeboat station lookout
Rescue method: Hoisting victims up a 400 foot cliff via rope
Outcome: 2 lives saved, 5 lost
HM NumberHM1XS8
Placed ByNational Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 501829 N 4205341
Decimal Degrees37.99573333, -122.97916667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 59.744', W 122° 58.75'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 59' 44.64" N, 122° 58' 45" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)415
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27540 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness CA 94937, US
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