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Trinidad Wharf, 18931760 viewsSteamer Eddy taking on a cargo at the Charles B. Ryder's wharf on Trinidad Head. The wharf railway was mule-powered. For more information about Trinidad and more historical pictures visit J. Scott Shannon's web site.
From the Ericson Photograph Collection, Humboldt State University Library
Steamship Bear Wrecked Near Cape Mendocino1185 viewsSteel steamer; 3 decks, 2 masts; 4,507 tons; 357.5 x 47 x 26.4 feet; 79 crew; 545 passengers; 15 knots. Built in 1910 at Newport News, Virginia. Operated by the San Francisco & Portland Steamship Company, known as the "Big Three", between 1910 and 1916 on Portland to California route. It was during a period of foggy weather on June 14 in the year 1916 that the master of the Steamer BEAR, when his reckoning put him about 15 miles northward of Cape Mendocino, began to take soundings to locate his position and feel his way to the lightship anchored off the cape. The soundings indicated that the vessel had safely passed the cape and the course was changed as usual. About an hour later the vessel stranded two miles north of the cape, oddly enough, near the mouth of the Bear River. Two of the vessel's lifeboats attempted to land on the beach and were swamped in the surf, drowning two women and three men. It was deemed safer to row the other ten lifeboats towards the lightship. Somehow, one hundred and fifty survivors managed to squeeze aboard the lightship and the crew of 11 looked after them until they could be rescued by another ship and a tugboat. A Universal Film Company crew, working in the Hammond Company Lumber Camp for a moving picture starring Helen Holmes, relocated to the area to shoot some footage of the wreck.
Humboldt Bay1119 views
Steamer "Topeka" Leaving Humboldt Bay1022 views
SS Corona Aground, 19061320 viewsAground off Humboldt Bay. The Pacific Coast Steamship Co.'s steamship CORONA was launched August 4, 1888 from the yards of Neafie & Levy in Philadelphia. On October 27 of that year she left for San Francisco to enter the coastal steamer business, transporting goods and passengers along the Northern Pacific Coast. Another picture of her, in 1901, loading passengers in Seattle.
Photo courtesy of NOAA Photo Library
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