Cape Mendocino is the westernmost point in California, just beating out Punta Gorda eleven miles to the south. Standing just offshore from the mountainous headland of Cape Mendocino is Sugar Loaf, a 326-foot sea stack. Several other large rocks protrude from the shallow waters along this stretch of coast, hinting that hidden ledges might lie just below the surface of the ocean waiting for a misguided vessel. That they do indeed exist is evidenced by dangerous Blunt's Reef located three miles off the cape.
On September 14, 1867 the lighthouse tender Shubrick was steaming towards Cape Mendocino loaded with men and supplies for construction of the station. Thirty miles south of Punta Gorda the side-wheeler tender struck a rock, puncturing her wooden hull. The ship's captain wisely chose to run her aground to save the vessel from sinking. The tender was salvaged, but all supplies were lost. A few months later, new supplies were successfully landed at the base of the headland at Cape Mendocino and hauled up the steep slope to the construction
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