“Twelve-Foot Ground Swell Causes Loss of Three Sloops” read the Santa Cruz Sentinel on October 16, 1942.

1942-10-16 - News Clipping - Ground Swell Sinks Jill

The Santa Cruz Yacht Club’s “Jill” was one of three vessels lost during heavy swells at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. The Article continues:

“Yanked from insecure moorings by 12-foot ground swells, three Santa Cruz registered craft were listed as total losses yesterday afternoon with the hulls of two boats left in a shattered condition on the shoreline.

“First vessel to make the acquaintance of Davey Jones’ locker was the 30foot power craft “Marianna” which broke loose from the Municipal pier sometime Wednesday night.  It was valued in excess of $2000 and was owned by Harry Schultz of Cupertino. The remains are now reposting on Twin Lakes Beach.

“Jill” Sunk

“The sleek lined Santa Cruz Yacht Club sailing sloop “Jill,” valued at $1000, parted it’s line early Thursday morning and is though to be sunk somewhere near the mouth of the San Lorenzo river. This boat packed a heavy steel keel. It was one of the two sailing vessels owned by the yacht club.

“At the peak of the pounding surf yesterday afternoon, the ill-fated fishing launch, “Margaret R,” broke loose from its mooring and was swiftly carried onto the rocky point at the mouth of the river. Mariners thought that there was a possibility of salvaging its engine. The boat was worth $2500, and was owned by Ray Rollins.

“Hard Luck” Boat

“Some months ago the “Margaret R” pulled a keel bolt and fell from a Municipal pier davit with extensive damage. Later the boat caught fire while undergoing repairs on the deck of the wharf. It formerly belonged to the late Harry Hall.”