On March 9, 1936, the Phyllis grounded after striking a submerged rock off the beach near Humbug Mountain during stormy and foggy conditions. Henry Axtel purchased the hull of the shipwreck. He intended to turn it into a tourist site. As part of his plan, he cut the ship into two pieces. Unfortunately, another storm struck the coast and the pieces began to break up. — Source: Shipwrecks of Curry County by H.S. Continuo
Read more about the the wreck of the S.S. Phyllis at the Cape Blanco Heritage Society’s website.