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Wreck of the Brignardello
September 3, 1868

 

 

"While there was no name on the below photos, the various views place it at the location noted for only three wrecks; Ann Parry (1865), Brignardello (1868) and Yosemite (1926). As to whether the image was one of a stranded ship that was later pulled off, aka one that got away, the condition of the wreck in the photo is such that this was one that did not get away; bedded down, flooded, and strained and damaged to the point that it would break up, that means it could only be either Ann Parry or Brignardello. As Ann Parry broke up at the time of the wreck into scattered debris, the logical assumption can only be Brignardello. The relative size of the ship is what Id expect for a 500-ton ship like Brignardello, and the form and type even with the masts down accommodated three masts; it is only the rigging on the masts that means it is a ship, bark or barkentine. There are chainplates, which supported the mast shrouds, that survived the loss of the bulwarks and rise above the deck level on the higher (port) side of the wreck; their position and the number of them show this was a bark. All of that circumstantial evidence notwithstanding, the fact that Brignardello stayed intact, minus its masts, is that the position of the wreck is as was described in the accounts for Brignardello; perpendicular to the shore, stern lower in the water, and heeled over to the starboard side, as seen in the photo. That winter (of 1868) the ship remained more or less intact, but flooded, and that is when these images were taken as the seas have stripped the decks of cabins before the end of the year, when the wreck turned over to port and then broke up further, aided by blasting, in early 1869. Im sure this is Brignardello."
James Delgado (8/12/2020)


Stereoview of unnamed wreck, believed to be the Brignardello  (reverse)


close-up


 


Second stereoview showing same wreck (ebay image)

 

 

 


The San Francisco Examiner - Sep 4 1868

 


Daily Alta California - 5 September 1868

 


The Daily Morning Chronicle - 05 Sep 1868

 


Sacramento Daily Union - 9 Sept 1868

 


Daily Alta California - 12 Sept 1868

Sacramento Daily Union - 12 Sept 1868

 


Daily Alta California - 14 Sept 1868

 


Stockton Independent - 21 Sept 1868

 


Sacramento Daily Union - 22 September 1868

 


Daily Alta California - 12 October 1868

 


Daily Alta California - 2 Dec 1868

 


Daily Alta California - 11 January 1869

 


Sacramento Daily Union - 11 January 1869

 


The Daily Morning Chronicle - 12 Jan 1869

 


The Daily Morning Chronicle - 09 Feb 1869

 


The Daily Morning Chronicle - 30 Mar 1869

 


San Francisco Chronicle - 28 Oct 1870

 


Sacramento Daily Union - 27 January 1872

 

 


Submerged Cultural Resources Assessment
by James P. Delgado and Stephen A. Haller, 1989

 

 

 

Shipwrecks of the California Coast: Wood to Iron, Sail to Steam
By Michael D. White, 2014

 

More info:  https://wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?220550