LAistory: The Wreck of the Dominator
LAistory takes us on a journey to what came before to help us understand where we are today. So far we've been to Val Verde, Thelma Todd's Roadside Cafe, a house in Beverly Hills, Echo Park's Bonnie Brae House, Marineland of the Pacific, and Grand Central Air Terminal, Wrigley Field, and the moment LA got its name.
The lobsters caught off of Palos Verdes have always been known for their delicate flavor. The reason they were so delicious, is that like prized cattle, these lobsters were grain-fed. For years, crustaceans in Lunada Bay lived off of the wheat from a sunken Greek freighter, The Dominator.
The Dominator ran aground on March 13, 1961 at the point between Lunada Bay and Malaga Cove, near Rocky Point. Carrying a load of wheat and beef from Vancouver, B.C, the vessel was trapped by the current after coming too close to the cliffs.