Virtually locked by mountains at either end, Santa Barbara has long looked to the sea for food, trade, and supplies. Chumash tomols, Spanish supply ships, and Boston hide and tallow vessels provided for the community in their respective eras. In the 1870s, John Peck Stearns and his new wharf literally opened Santa Barbara’s front door and the world rushed in. In episode three of The Deeper Dive Series, the story of all this and so much more will be revealed.
Generously funded by Bill & Marian Nasgovitz and STS Foundation/Peter & Nini Seaman
Photos provided by the Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Watch Episode 3 of The Deeper Dive Series here: https://vimeo.com/497373784
Watch Neal Graffy’s full lecture from October 15, 2020 here: https://sbmm.org/santa-barbara-lectures/