1869 the Sierra Nevada left San Francisco for San Luis
Obispo. Monterey was left the next day in a thick fog, which lasted
all thru the day. She was feeling her way at six and one-half
knots speed when at 10:30 PM she grounded with moderate force.
While trying to back off a heavy swell picked up the steamer,
carried her farther over the rock and then dropped her with such
force that the bottom was stove in and her boilers were lifted
off their beds. Life-boats were at once launched and occupied,
remaining near the wreck until the fog lifted in the morning.
was grounded about three-quarters of a mile off shore and three
miles distant from San Simeon. The boats all rowed to San Simeon,
where they landed.Both Sierra Nevada and her cargo were
a total loss, being quickly reduced to kindling by the heavy surf.
However there was no loss of life among her forty-two passengers
and crew. Heyl