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Eureka, California: Shipwreck

Ruins of a roadside attraction that had a "Seven Seas" masted ship, an aquarium, and performing seals. Gone since the late 1980s.

1099 King Salmon Ave., Eureka, CA
US-101 exit 700. Drive east on King Salmon Ave. Drive about a hundred yards. You'll see a small, gated road on the left, and beyond it, in the distance, the graffiti-scarred ruins of Shipwreck. Private property; please be respectful.
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I'm sad to learn that this attraction is gone. We lived south of Eureka in the early 1970s and I remember my dad taking me there to feed the seals out front, and touch an octopus at the indoor aquarium (I freaked out a little on that one). It was a great place, with great memories.

[Tim, 05/31/2021]

I'm very sad that Shipwreck is gone, and to learn that what's left has been vandalized. We visited many times in the 1970s and '80s, and I have fond memories of a most excellent attraction that was a highlight of our annual road trip. Ahead of its time, indeed, as someone else wrote.

[Julia, 06/16/2020]

I found the remnants of Shipwreck. You can still see the pool, the outline of the ship, and the stubs of its masts.

[Tony Dickson, 06/11/2020]

Good sleuthing! In the 1980s Shipwreck had a "Seven Seas" masted ship, an aquarium, and performing seals. Now, from the nearest road, it looks like graffiti-scarred rubble in a swamp.


That was off to the southeast a tad from the main schooner attraction. Shipwreck was located just north of Field's Landing, in an area known to locals as King Salmon, right next to the infamous nuclear power plant (Now defunct, too).

Too bad someone doesn't resurrect the 'wreck. Seems as though it was 50 years ahead of its time....

[justreeward, 06/12/2014]

Ruins of Shipwreck.

Shipwreck - Attraction Ruins

The remnants of Shipwreck, which was located in Fields Landing south of Eureka. It is now blocked from public access and is quite a walk to get to. I had the opportunity to visit last week to see what was left of my childhood memories of my Grandpa taking me to feed the seals.

[Ellie B, 12/07/2013]

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