A Permanent Rest – The Mystery Of The Point Reyes Boat

The Point Reyes is an abandoned fishing boat in Inverness, Marin County, California, (in Tomales Bay, north of San Francisco). It is located near Point Reyes National Seashore, and is a popular photographic subject. I was curious to learn the history behind this boat, but Internet searches uncovered surprisingly little information about it…

Photograph of the Point Reyes Boat

I wrote something similar to the text above, and posted it along with this photograph on my Tumblr blog some time ago. I was surprised and delighted to receive the following response to my post:

Luckily for you, I work at a local history museum in Marin County and ran into an Inverness historian who was doing some research in our archives. I asked him about the boat and this is what he told me:

The previous owner of the garage behind which the boat is grounded originally bought the boat and towed it to the sand bar with the intent to repair it. He never got around to it, however, so it mouldered there until the owner sold the land to a company specializing in wetlands restoration and preservation.

Though the rotting boat is exactly the kind of thing the current owners specialize in removing, they’ve left it because they don’t want to invoke the wrath of local photographers.

A big thank you to Kate Dollarhyde for clearing up a bit of this mystery. Given the popularity of the boat (when we visited there were not only other photographers present, but entire families and other people without cameras checking it out as well), I think the decision to leave well enough alone is a wise one, but perhaps that is simply my love for the old and abandoned speaking. What do you think…should the boat remain or be removed? Is it a beautiful reminder of the past, or an eyesore, interfering with the restoration of the local ecosystem?


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24 thoughts on “A Permanent Rest – The Mystery Of The Point Reyes Boat

  1. Jennavieve "JJ" Joshua

    I LOVE the scale, scope and multifaceted dimension of this photo. I love the story that it tells. I love the colors and the way the clouds make me look up!
    Thanks again for the “way you see” the world. Blessings, Jennavieve

  2. Lilium Forest

    I love the lighting in this photo and the way the clouds look almost like a halo for what is old and abandoned but still holds much interest. Beautiful composition and colors! Your perspective-both how you see things and the composition itself- has much depth. And thank you sharing the history!

    1. Priya Ghose Post author

      Thank you so much, Lianne! I loved finally learning a bit of the history, and it was both fun and unexpected to receive the response through a Tumblr post.


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