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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, and Silents on the Islands


Image: Motion Picture News, June 19, 1915

Movie Filmed on Shipwreck


The two-reel silent drama The Toll of the Sea was released on July 17, 1915. Some scenes were filmed on California's Santa Rosa Island. This was one of the very few movies filmed at this location.


This movie was filmed on and around a Norwegian ship named Aggi that ran aground on Santa Rosa Island. "This freighter was engaged in carrying [dried beans] . . . to Europe when she was caught in heavy gales and stranded . . . As soon as Director Henry McRae heard of this wreck, he gathered a few of the death-defying actors and actresses together with a cameraman and went to the scene and made a sensational drama." – Weekly Argus (Goldsboro, North Carolina), August 5, 1915


There are no known existing copies of this film.

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