One Day, Two Harbors, Three Fires
Holley Molley what's going on in Two Harbors? FIRES -
that's what's going on.
In one day we witnessed more boat fires than in 10 years of boating.
The first fire lit up about 9:00 AM just as I left the Isthmus Cove dock
to go scuba diving. I was too excited about the diving to be
looking back, but Sharon saw the whole thing.
In most coves on Catalina Island, for and aft mooring is the
standard. Basically, there are so many boats it is the only way to
get them all in. Hence most boaters in the area never get a chance to
learn how to anchor.
Anyway, the day before we were moored
right next to the boat that was to burn. I had commented to Sharon about
what a polished beauty she was. We vacated that spot early the next day
and put the hook down in the same harbour at Little Fisherman's Cove.
One day later the boat that had been next to us erupts in flame. Apparent cause - a
propane stove problem. One brave man who refused to give up
fighting suffered burns but no other injuries. The boat, a beauty - a
The fire department arrived swiftly and pumped water on the flames
almost scuttling the boat. The boat might as well have sunk as it
is a terrible mess. The flames were thought to be out,
but five minutes later they roared back to life. More water was
poured on to dose the flame. With the boat listing heavily it was
towed out of the anchorage.
After my dives, Sharon and I are back on the boat relaxing when the
sirens start screaming. Big columns of smoke soar skyward on
the hillside. Crikey! Twice in one day, really bad luck that
is, but at least it wasn't a boat. Once again the fire department swiftly dispatches the flames.
But the day is not over. Around 5:00 PM, apparently to much
alcohol and smoking combined to ignite the third fire of the day.
Again the beautiful harbor is besmirched by a tall colum of black
smoke, turning to grey as the fireboat pumps hundreds of gallons
aboard in the space of a few minutes. Another power boat up in smoke.
Click the pic at the right to see the sad remains.
Come on Santa Catalina boaters. Get a grip. NO MORE
We made it through the next day with no fires. May it be years
till we encounter another.