Shipwreck Landing at Niihau

Today in history — February 26, 1896 — A schooner from San Francisco got shipwrecked on the reefs of the French Frigate Shoals, an atoll northwest of the Hawaiian islands. The crew evacuated into four boats with five to six men each, and the first one landed on Niihau and encountered people:

The captain and one of the men went over towards a beachhouse … on the beach near … the landing and found a native woman in the boat-house, who got quite astonished at seeing the two white men. They tried to talk to the woman but she did not understand a single word of English. Her husband, who was fishing, … turned up … but … he did not understand any English either…

Read more about it in “Ship Wrecked Sealers.”

“Ship Wrecked Sealers”
Evening bulletin, March 2, 1896, Image 1


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