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Point San Pablo (yacht) Harbor is a picturesque historic marina located just outside of Point Richmond behind the Chevron refinery (previous Standard Oil).  This time-forgotten marina was the realization of the vision of Captain Raymond H. Clark.

Captain Clark quickly discovered that creating a breakwater for his vision was no small task either in man-power or money.  A conventional breakwater/levee was unaffordable and so he came up with the unconventional idea of creating a breakwater out of sunken ships.  He managed to collect some condemned wooden schooners and tow them into position for his project.  The location was of this special marina was chosen because of the popularity of fishing and the population of fish in the area.  Striped Bass was especially abundant at the time and is once again becoming more plentiful.  

The vision of Captain Raymond H. Clark was to design a marina for those who loved to fish!   He started his project in 1939 creating a breakwater for $7000 with old wooden steam schooners sunk in place around the

The ships that formed the original breakwater of Pt San Pablo Yacht Harbor

perimeter of what would become the harbor.  To have created a rock breakwater would have cost over 100k at that time so this was a much more economical and viable solution.  This graveyard of coastal steamers was quite picturesque!  

Some of the coast’s best known single and double-ended steam schooners found their last resting place here.  They include the Bertie Hanlon, Jane Nettleton, Salmon King, Carlos, Siskiyou and Anne Christensen, all built between 1890 and World War I.

They were units of what the shipping industry in this area used to call the “Scandinavian Navy,” because masters and crews were Johnsons, Petersens, Johansens — Swedes, Norwegians and Danes who kept their Viking accents and created legends from Alaska south. This was part of the fleet, incidentally, which built the cities on the coast, hauling timber from Puget Sound, Oregon and the Redwood coast for generations.

 

 

 

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