Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2019

Shipwrecks of Marin: February 25th

By Laurie Thompson · February 05, 2019

Detail front cover of Shipwrecks of Marin by Brian K. Crawford <span>&copy; Brian K. Crawford </span>

Detail front cover of Shipwrecks of Marin by Brian K. Crawford

Brian K. Crawford aboard "Buttercup" in Bora Bora, 1984 <span>&copy; Brian K. Crawford </span> Brian on the bowspirit of "Warana" in the South Pacific, 1973 <span>&copy; Brian K. Crawford </span> Brian racing on "Blue Streak" in San Francisco, c.2009 <span>&copy; Brian K. Crawford </span>
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Please join us on Monday February 25th at our Map & Special Collections Annex for a special talk and book-signing by Marin County author & historian Brian K. Crawford. The talk begins at 6:30 pm and the address is: 1600 Los Gamos, Suite 182 in San Rafael (see the attached map for directions).

Marin County 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 for his comprehensive new book, Shipwrecks of Marin, just released this month.

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.  The vessels range from Spanish treasure galleons to garbage scows, clipper ships to floating dry docks.

If you love ships and the sea and tales of danger and adventure, or if you just want to know more about the many wrecks that dot our coasts, you will find this illustrated talk endlessly entertaining.  Brian's new book will be available for signing and purchase.                          

 We look forward to seeing you!

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