The sinking of the Arctic on July 12th, 1922

The Arctic was a wooden steam schooner built in 1901 by H.R. Reed at Bay City, Oregon for J.S. Kimball of San Francisco. She was used for the coastal lumber trade, was 392 tons, 145 x 32 x 11 feet with a single deck. She had a 350 h.p. triple expansion (3 – Cylinder) engine and 325, 000 board foot capacity. Other owners of the Arctic were Hammond Lumber Company; sold in 1908 to National Steamship Company and sold again in 1919 to Union Lumber Company. The Arctic wrecked at Point Arena on July 12th, 1922.

I have recently gleaned a little more about the wreck in a snippet that appeared in the Fort Bragg Advocate at the time of the wreck:

Wreck of the Arctic in the Fort Bragg Advocate

And, we even have a picture of her …..

The Arctic


Indian Pacific – the Australian Trans-Continental Train

I was talking to a gentleman at our Model Railroad a while back who thought I was an Aussie. Before I could tell him otherwise he asked me if I knew of Slim Dusty. I replied, “Yes.” “Then, ” he said you being “into” trains you know his song about the Indian Pacific.” Before I could answer he said, “You sound just like Slim in his song, “G’day, G’Day.”

As is usual as a result of such encounters I jot down something to help remind me of the conversation and to look up what I was presumed to know. Today I found a note with the words, “G’day, G’Day,” recalled the conversation and wrote this blog ………

If you want to learn Oz the song, “G’day, G’Day” is as good a place to start as any.

The Indian Pacific is Australia’s most famous train. It runs across Australia from Sydney to Perth. (Click to enlarge the map.)

Indian Pacific Route Map with elevations

It is one of the few truly transcontinental trains in the world. The train’s route includes the world’s longest straight stretch of railway track, a 297 mile stretch over the Nullarbor Plain. The length of the journey is 2,704 miles and takes between 70 and 75 hours.

This vid by Slim Dusty gives you an idea of what the Indian Pacific is all about.

My good friend and club member Hank Simonson and his wife Flo rode the Indian Pacific when they visited Oz to meet Flo’s cousins. Hank told me it was the highlight of his retirement.

PS – I was born in England


1895 Lumière Brothers film “L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat (Arrival of a train at La Ciotat station)

Video editor Denis Shiryaev has remastered the iconic 1895 Lumière Brothers film “L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat” into a 4K high definition version at 60 frames per second. Shiryaev achieved this through neural network learning, which smoothed out the rough edges of the original.

Truly remarkable for a film taken over 125 years ago.