1862: Time for a Windy Break:

From the “Richard Schellen Collection”

January 15, 1862;

“Wrecked Vessels. It is fear that the recent strong and long continued gale of wind must have wrecked many vessels. Two are already known to be lost. The Peruvian schooner EFIN A KNIPPER loaded with 337,000 pounds of sugar; on her way to Peru to this port, was blown ashore at Half Moon Bay, just south of Point San Pedro, on the night of the 10th inst., and is likely to prove a total loss. Her cargo is insured. The captain of the EFIN A. KNIPPER arrived in this city yesterday [note: don’t know what city the article is referring to.] He states that a bark is ashore about 10 miles below where the EFIN A. KNIPPER was wrecked..”


Friday, January 17, 1862:


“The U.S.  Revenue revenue cutter, Shubrick, Captain William C. Pease, arrived last night at 11:30, three hours from Half Moon, with the crew and lady passengers of the wrecked schooner ELFIN A. KNIPPER. The vessel was found to be a total loss. About 8,000 pounds of sugar was all that was saved from the wreck. No other vessel had gone ashore with fifteen miles of this place, and no bark had been lost ten miles to the southward,as reported.”