Maritime Heritage: Field Research
|British bark Harlech Castle (Courtesy: R. Schwemmer)|
The British bark Harlech Castle sailed from San Francisco for Iquiqui, Peru, on 16 July 1869 with a cargo of barley. She experienced heavy weather most of the time until August 29th, when she struck a sunken rock off San Simeon, San Luis Obispo County, and sunk the following morning. Vessel and cargo were a total loss. Two seamen were lost by swamping of a boat. Captain and survivors arrived at San Francisco on the 8th. (Humboldt Times 09-18-1869, Martin)
In September 2010, National Marine Sanctuaries intiated field research of the wreck site, including a dive survey and site characterization. Due to poor weather conditions and low visibility, dive operations were aborted.