Sunday the 27th was bright and shiny without too much wind, so I headed down the hill on the bike to the north shore of San Nicolas Island. It was a great day to check out and photograph an area that I had yet to visit — a beach with an old shipwreck. Unfortunately, I don’t have any good information on the ship that is buried in the sand right along the water here. A buddy here on the island said it might have grounded ashore in the 1950s. A google search on “San Nicolas Island shipwrecks” turns up a long list of wrecks, without the location of the wreck, so that was not much help.
This wreck is near the center of the NNE-facing shoreline on the island. It is just to the ESE of Cissy Cove, but I think the actual beach or cove of the shipwreck is unnamed. I hereby name it “Shipwreck Cove.”
Click the image above to enlarge it. The old wreck is just to the left of center.
The images below were taken on the approach to Shipwreck Cove. Images 6 and 9 below show a nice, smallish sandy beach. This beach is the one just to the east of Shipwreck Cove. It also is nameless, as far as I know, so let’s call it “Almost Beach,” since the ship almost ran aground on this beach.
The images below show the shipwreck, including some looking down from the nearby bluff on its east side.
Finally, while I was rambling around the bluff, a monster elephant seal planted itself on the sand only 25 yards or so from the shipwreck. I think it knew I was nearby, but it didn’t seem to care too much. The remains of an old beached seal were adjacent to the wreck. No seal lives forever.