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John Call

John Call...Great great grandson of Winfield Scott survivor Asa Cyrus Call, shares Asa's experiences as a passenger and survivor aboard the side-wheel steamer Winfield Scott durning the California Gold Rush. The Call family retains three original diaries of Asa Cyrus Call from March 28th, 1850 - December 26th, 1853. The diaries were originally transcribed by George C. Call on Oct. 31st, 1930. John and his wife Vanessa Call made additional edits in Dec. of 1998. John and Vanessa travelled from their home in Kansas and visited the site of the Winfield Scott stranding and to the cove where the survivors are believed to have lived on Anacapa Islands ("the rock") for eight days until being picked up by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's side-wheel steamer California.

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Robert Schwemmer NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
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