Brian Crawford - Shipwrecks of Marin (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Marin County, just north of San Francisco, is a graveyard of ships. Its steep rock-bound shores, treacherous currents, and frequent fogs have been the doom of hundreds of ships for over four hundred years. Local historian Brian K. Crawford has done extensive research fleshing out the details of famous wrecks from contemporary accounts, and identifying more than a hundred wrecks not documented elsewhere. Many of these are disasters within San Francisco Bay. Many of these tales are full of danger and heroism, of pathos and high adventure. Terrified passengers cling to overturned steamers or clutch at rocks in the pounding seas. Seamen clamber up cliffs to escape certain destruction. One captain runs two ferries aground and sinks a yacht all in one day. The vessels range from Spanish treasure galleons to garbage scows, clipper ships to floating dry docks. If you love ships and the sea or tales of danger and adventure, or if you just want to know more about the many wrecks that dot our coasts, you will find Shipwrecks of Marin endlessly entertaining.

Before settling in San Anselmo in 1986 with his wife, Linda, Brian Crawford travelled the world and along the way became an accomplished navigator, writer and general Renaissance man. In the early 1970s, he joined a group of young people called the Summerland Pirates that bought an historic 147-foot schooner in Nova Scotia and sailed it down the East Coast. In 1972 he got hired as a navigator on Warana, the Australian nuclear protest yacht on its way to protest French nuclear testing at Mururoa atoll. After the mission broke up, he helped to repair and restore the old yacht, then sailed it back to Sydney and navigated in the 650-mile open ocean race from Sydney to Hobart Tasmania. In 1973 Brian worked for a time as a surveyor in New South Wales. By 1976 Brian was living in San Diego where he took a course in computer programming and got a job working for a bank. He and Linda formed the Renaissance band the Westwynde Consort and founded the San Diego Early Music Society. Ten years later, Brian is living in San Anselmo where he begins researching local history–including the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. He enjoys sailing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, and travel.

For over 45 years, Brian’s been involved in creative writing and has published everything from historical novels to short stories to memoirs. In 2002 Brian joined several open space groups in San Anselmo as well as the San Anselmo Open Space Committee. He constructed two new trails -- one up Red Hill and another along the ridge behind the Red Hill Shopping center. In 2014 Brian retired from the banking world and began devoting full-time to open space issues, writing, and historical research. To date, he’s published seven books on local history.

 

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Shipwrecks of Marin Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781790783557
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Independently Published - January 21st, 2019

Marin County, just north of San Francisco, is a graveyard of ships. Its steep rock-bound shores, treacherous currents and frequent fogs have been the doom of hundreds of ships for over four hundred years. Local historian Brian K.