If you read the section on Ships you will quickly see just how many of them went to a watery grave. When I was putting the “Ships” section together we were struck by the fact that the number of fatalities from the wrecks seemed to be relativity small.
The answer (of course?) was lifeboats/rowing boats which were seaworthy. The penny dropped when Dusty (Dillion who lives in Noyo Harbour, Fort Bragg) gave us 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 Harbor built rowboat at sea. And as you can see the sea is quite rough.