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The end of the ferry Silver Stand

The end of the ferry Silver Stand

Nov. 30, 1970: The 227-foot former ferryboat Silver Strand grounded on rocks of the Los Angeles Harbor breakwater after being torn loose from its moorings in the outer harbor by high winds.

Three storms lashed Southern California in a week. The Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1970, Los Angeles Times reported on storm damage:

In the aftermath to the storm a 45-foot fishing boat, the Falcon, was aground on Surf Riders State Beach west of Malibu Pier. And, at the Los Angeles Harbor breakwater, the 227-foot ferryboat Silver Strand was on the rocks, a victim of Saturday’s stiff winds.

The Coast Guard said the vessel, which once operated between San Diego and Coronado, was anchored at Los Angeles Harbor after a planned tug-towing voyage from Coronado to Santa Barbara was interrupted. Owners had planned to convert the ferry boat into a floating restaurant in Santa Barbara.

This photo by former staff photographer Jerry Ruhlow was published in the Dec. 1, 1970, Los Angeles Times. The Silver Strand was a total loss.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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