Little Alcatraz

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Little Alcatraz is the rock in the extreme far left, lower part of the picture. Blow up picture to see.

Little Alcatraz is a small rock in San Francisco Bay roughly 81 yards (74 m) off the Model Industries Building off northwest coast of Alcatraz Island. Due to its proximity to the island it is known by this name, but it was formerly known as Paul Pry Rock due to the steamer Paul Pry striking it on December 22, 1862 with some 150 men on board. On January 14, 1868, the 700 ton British ship, Oliver Cutts, struck the rock and sank. Since it is submerged at high tides, Little Alcatraz is still routinely struck by small pleasure boats. [1][2]

The rock is often a resting ground for Brandt's cormorants. During the last escape attempt from Alcatraz on December 16, 1962, Darl Lee Parker was found on Little Alcatraz; he couldn't swim.


Coordinates: 37°49′40″N 122°25′31″W / 37.82778°N 122.42528°W / 37.82778; -122.42528