The Skunk Train located here in Fort Bragg has not yet re-opened for visitors. However, the Skunk Train does offer the opportunity to ride its rails on a track bike. As of today (June 12th, 2020) because of the pandemic only locals are allowed to ride. Club Member Ben Sochacki and his wife decided to escape from resting in place and take a ride.
Here’s the pictures he sent of his experience.
Ben and his wife’s chariot
Ben and his wife taking a break after pedaling from Fort Bragg to the end of the line at Glen Blair Junction
The yet to be opened Tunnel #1 of the Skunk line as seen from the Glen Blair Junction
Just wanted to let you know that the bike’s have an electrical assist. So far their have been NO reports of injuries (they are virtually impossible to turn over) or cardiac arrest.
Some how or other I came to acquire this piece of info:
“In 1860 twelve lives were lost in a terrible maritime disaster in Mendocino Bay. The brig J.S.Cabot had approached the loading chute to take on a cargo of lumber. Seeing the chute was currently in use, the captain attempted to turn back to sea but a sudden gale brought in a heavy sea from the south. Although anchors were dropped, the ship was dragged and capsized. A boat from shore was launched to rescue the sailors, but the rescue boat was rolled over by a large wave. Half of those lost were the would-be rescuers.”
Whence it came I have no idea. It’s remained in my “more info needed” pile for some considerable time.
Our website has a large section (under Ships) of the vessels that plied the Mendocino Coast. Alas, there is nothing about this ship, the J.S. Cabot. A trawl of the ‘net also came up with an empty net.
Whilst staying at home during these awful times I have been sorting through old hard drives. On a hard drive i was using in 2015 I found this photo in a folder called “Cabot shipwreck.” I think the photo is of the ship referred to above.
Wreck of the Steamer J.S. Cabot in Mendocino Bay
If anyone has more better info PLEASE let me know.