The waters of the Golden Gate are treacherous waters indeed. Due to the strong currents, large Pacific swells, rocky reefs, and especially the frequent vision obscuring foggy conditions, over 100 vessels have sunk at the entrance to the Golden Gate.
Wreck of the SS Ohioan - Point Lobos - 1936
You can actually still see the remnants of three of these shipwrecks from various view points along Coastal Walkers Lands End Walk. The first of these shipwrecks that we come to is the cargo ship SS Ohioan. This cargo ship simply got too close to shore on a foggy night in 1936, and ended up on the rocks of Point Lobos. Observers’ report that upon smashing into the rocks, cascades of sparks shot skyward, illuminating the night. To see the freighter Ohioan’s well rusted stern post and boilers, view from the northwest corner of Point Lobos Vista Point, with low tide viewing providing the best view.
Wreck of the Frank H Buck - 1937
Further along the Lands End Coastal Trail, between the Fort Miley Lookout and the stairs down to Mile Rock Beach, we come upon the wrecks of two tankers, the Lyman Stewart (1922), and Frank Buck (1937). Ironically both of these tankers smashed into the same rock off Lands End.
Wreck of the SS Lyman S Stewart - 1922
SS Lyman S Stewart breaking up at Lands End - 1922
Today - The Engine Block of the Lyman S Stewart
You can still see the Lyman Stewart’s steam engine and the Frank Buck’s stern post and steam engine. Once again low tide viewing is preferred. After all these years, these two shipwrecks appear more like unusual rust covered rock sculpture than any type of marine craft.
This is just a taste of the many sights and vistas that you will see on our Coastal Walkers Lands End Walk.