While trying to track down more info on Clyde/Clive, I began looking up information about shipwrecks on the West Coast.
First I tried Oregon but there were no paddle steamers wrecked in Oregon that I could find. I then tried California, expecting the same luck.
Instead, I found one that piqued my interest right away!
In 1866, a British-built paddle steamer called the “Labouchere” on its way from San Francisco, CA to Victoria, BC wrecked at Point Reyes, CA.
This is very interesting because:
1. It’s a paddle steamer.
2. It was in service in BC, a far-flung part of the British Empire at that time.
3. Phil lived at Point Reyes Station in the early 1960s which would make for a very interesting coincidence.
It would also explain my memory of standing on a rocky cliff looking down at a foundered ship.
If I can find a list of names on board, I’ll be very excited! As it stands, I am still unsure if the name “Clyde Starr” or “Clive Sparks” or something along those lines is even correct so it could be a dead end even if I have the correct ship.