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Storms and Boat Wrecks

Storms and Boat Wrecks
Mike Ventimiglia

 November 1919's storm that hit Monterey Bay almost devastated the fishing fleet. The storms that came out of the north were very severe and the fishing fleet that was moored in the bay was unprotected.  The City of Monterey embarked on building a breakwater, now the Coast Guard Pier, to protect the fishing fleet creating a safe harbor. 

This picture taken on November 29, 1919 shows the results of that disastrous storm. The fisherman examine the damage and in the back ground you can see how close the buildings were to the waters edge. The Tree Tea building right side of photograph (courtesy of Monterey Public Library California Room.)

 

November 29, 1919 aftermath of storm boat debris washed up on shoreline east of Wharf I which can be seen in the background (courtesy of Monterey Public Library California Room.)  

November 29, 1919 aftermath of storm boat debris washed up on shoreline Wharf I can be seen in the background (courtesy of Monterey Public Library California Room.)  

November 29, 1919, fishing boats wash up on to the shore alongside Frank E. Booth’s cannery where sardines were processed.  The boats broke loose from their moorings due to the intensity of the storm devastating the fishing fleet. (courtesy of William L. Morgan and AMICI Club Monterey.)

Fishing boats wash up on shore east of Wharf II after the  November 1943 storm.  The fishing community comes to the beach to view the devastation, which cripple the fishing industry. Photographer George Esaki, Boats on Beach (courtesy of Jean Esaki Shades of Monterey, Monterey Public Library’s California Historic Room.)

Freighter runs a ground on beach east of Wharf II. These freighters brought in supplies and reloaded with supplies from the canneries.  At the end of Wharf II was the Pacific Coast Steam Ship Company where passengers could buy tickets for ports like San Francisco (courtesy of the Monterey Public Library California Room.) 


The New Crivello runs aground into the rocks of Point Pinos near the entrance to Monterey Bay September 20, 1936 (courtesy of Marie R. McCrary Shade of Monterey, Monterey Public Library’s California Historic Room.)

Fishing boat is being pulled off the beach east of Wharf II after breaking away from its mooring by a storm (courtesy of the AMICI Club Monterey.)

The purse seiner New Hope owner Salvatore Ventimiglia is washed up on shore after a violent storm.  The boats broke their mooring lines and were washed up on the beach with several other boats.  In the background is Del Monte Avenue some of the buildings were removed for parking, other old buildings still remaining.  On the far right are the old hotel San Carlos and the Professional Building the San Carlos Hotel was razed to make way for the Marriot Hotel (Photograph by William L. Morgan; Courtesy of Monterey Public Library’s California Historic Room.)