The pictures in this blog are from our good friend Dusty Dillion who lives in Noyo Harbour, Fort Bragg.
If you read our website section on Ships you will quickly see just how many of them went to a watery grave. When I was putting the section together I was struck by the fact that the number of fatalities from the wrecks seemed to me to be relativity small.
Please understand I am a CPA and have virtually no knowledge of sea-faring matters save what I have learned from creating this website. It never occurred to me that the answer was lifeboats/rowing boats which were seaworthy. The penny dropped when Dusty gave me these two postcards of rowing boats built in Noyo Harbour here in Fort Bragg.
The first picture shows that sea going rowboats were large enough to hold the crew of a small vessel.
This second picture shows another Noyo Harbour built rowboat at sea. And as you can see the sea is quite rough.
Do I want to try? No thanks, I think I will stay on terra firma.