Treacherous Coast

Searching For a Safe Harbor on A Treacherous Coast: The Wreck of the Manila Galleon San Agustin

Marco Meniketti Copyright 1997

Over four hundred years ago an event of singular significance in the history of California occurred in the waters off Pt. Reyes. In what is today known as Drake’s Bay, north of San Francisco twenty five miles, the Manila Galleon San Agustin was wrecked, the captain and crew suddenly marooned. Ironically the ship and crew were engaged in exploration to find a safe and secure harbor along California’s unknown and treacherous coast. The survivors eventually reached Acapulco, Mexico, in an open plank boat, charting the coast as they sailed–an epic journey in its own right. Continue reading “Treacherous Coast”