Daily Alta California, Volume 28, Number 7938, 19 December 1871
Courtesy from the the California Digital Newspaper

Probable Total Loss.

From Captain J. J. Smith, who arrived In this city last evening, we learn the following particulars of the wreck of the steamer Salinas, of the Santa Cruz Packet Line:

The Salinas, Captain Sudden, Master, left Santa Cruz Sunday afternoon at three p. m. for this port, with two passengers, Captains Hoborn and J. J. Smith, and a general cargo of leather and other merchandise. About ten o'clock In tho evening, the weather was thick, raining and a southeast gale blowing; the Captain deemed it Imprudent to risk to find the Heads, and hove to off Point Pedro, believing that he would drift, to the northward.
At five o'clock yesterday morning the steamer was close in to Point Pedro and on the rocks, the vessel being ashore. The Captain succeeded In getting her off, and when about a mile out tha engineer reported that she was last filling with water. The Captain concluded to beach her, and had barely time to do this when the water Increased rapidly and put out the fires; the vessel, however, was benched in the coves to the westward of the Point. The Captain and crew at once, set about to save as much of the cargo as possible, the southeast gale retarding their progress considerably. It is expected that she will break to pieces tonight. She has been on the coast for many years, and was owned by Godall & Nelson, and valued at. about $18,000. The two passengers and purser of the steamer managed to get of at the Point, hired an open wagon and drove to School House Station, a distance of seven miles, being thoroughly wet through when they arrived there. The train had just passed the station, and though they made an outcry, Captain Smith only succeeded in getting aboard.