The following snippets were gleaned from the Advocate:
“The steamer Arctic sailed for San Francisco Saturday afternoon with a full cargo of lumber.”
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 5th, 1922.
S. S. Arctic
The second snippet:
“The steamer Noyo towed the three-masted schooner Allen A. several miles offshore and started her on her voyage to Honolulu. She had about 400,000 feet of lumber, ties and posts aboard.”
The Noyo in question was likely the second (of four) of that name.
The second Noyo
Of the Allen A., sadly, I can find no trace.
In our website’s section on ships we have three pics of the S. S. Jeannie. What we knew before this blog was very little: “One of ships that plied her trade along the Mendocino Coast. She was wrecked at Point Arena in 1900.” One of the three photos we have turned up in Lynn Catlett’s amazing Facebook page, “You know you are from Mendocino if…….” Of itself that was not unusual. Many of the photos I have collected since I have been historian turn up all over the place.
One of the contributors to Lynn’s page is Chuck Ross. Chuck is incredibly knowledgeable about Elk/Greenwood which is where he grew up and where his family owned a lot of land. In addition he “works” with Lynn to add germane info to her posts. His initial comment on this pic:
S, S. Jeanie aground near Point Arena
“Always been intrigued by this photo. Just north of Point Arena wharf. This ship was probably launched as a sailing vessel, I suspect it was square-rigged. The conversion to steam probably came later. Who she is I just cannot find out. There were too many shipwrecks at Point Arena (fifty or more) to sort this one out.” Lynn then identifies the ship as the S.S. Jeanie.Chuck responds, “Well, that would make it 1900. I cannot seem to locate another picture of her in better times.” Chuck then posts this drawing:
Drawing of the S. S. Jeanie
He also posts this newspaper cutting (you’ll need to click on it to be able to read it):
Newspaper cutting about the S.S Jeanie
Lynn then notes: “I’m confused. The Jeanie was refloated at Point Arena. Then a couple of months later she was overdue but we don’t know the outcome of that trip.”
Chuck replies that the outcome of the trip was known, “We do. Just a long passage. She appears in the shipping news regularly up until this, in 1913” “This” is this cutting:
1913 cutting about the S. S. Jeanie
Make sure read the last para in the above cutting.
Thank you Lynn and Chuck.
Whether this pic is what it says, “Loading lumber at Westport, CA in the 1890’s” may not be correct. The sailing schooner seems to be too close to the shore to be Westport and the view of the town through the rigging doesn’t seem quite right either. Be that as it may this pic is another tiny sliver of local Mendocino Coast History:
Loading lumber at Westport CA. in the 1890’s
One likes to think that the list of ships we have in the website is complete. Well, apparently not. I have unearthed two pics of a Steamship named Sequoia that are not in our list. Alas, I know nothing of her save for the fact that these two photos attest to her operating along the Mendocino Coast.
Loading the Sequoia at Fort Bragg
Steamer Sequoia in Mendocino Bay
Please contact me if you have any more info on the Sequoia.
Stockton is located on the San Joaquin River in the northern San Joaquin Valley. Built during the California Gold Rush, Stockton’s seaport serves as a gateway to the Central Valley and beyond. It provided easy access for trade and transportation to the southern gold mines. A lot of the cut lumber from the mills along the Mendocino Coast went to San Francisco and the towns along the California Delta.
Whilst our blogs and website have many pics of steam and sailing schooners being loaded this is the first I have come across showing Mendocino Coast lumber being unloaded. The pic appears in the Haggin Museum, Stockton.
Unloading Mendocino Coast cut lumber in Stockton CA
I found the pic on Lynn Catlett’s “You know you are from Mendocino if ……. “
The S.S. Orteric was a British 6,696 ton tramp steamer built in 1919, 412 feet long and 55 feet wide at the beam. Launched in 1919 she was commanded by Captain Harper. She was grounded 4 miles north of Anchor Bay and lost on December 11, 1922 with a cargo of Black Persian Sheep, which escaped into the hills. The ship was partially salvaged with John Ross buying the anchors and chains for mooring at Rockport.
Our website has only pics of her as a wreck. This one shows her at sea.
S. S. Orteric at sea
Another wee drop of the old histoire.
The Caspar Lumber Company had three steam schooners named, “Caspar”.
The third Caspar was a steel steam schooner displacing 739 tons. She was 175.5 ‘x 34.0’ with a 700 hp engine. Initially named the “Nushagek” she was built in 1904 by United Engineering Works, Alameda, California. The Nushagek was purchased in 1925 from Alaska Packers Association and was renamed when the second Caspar” was sold. The Caspar was laid up in 1939.
The third Caspar had an eventful life. While proceeding very slowly in a dense fog on October 2, 1937, she struck Point Reyes Rock 33 miles north of San Francisco. The crew worked valiantly, and with the last remaining bit of steam finally beached the vessel in 15 feet of water in Drakes Bay. There were two large holes in her hull, one 10 feet wide and the other 3 feet wide, through which water poured into the hold. She was refloated and repaired. On December 16, 1937, she collided with the steamer “Julia Luckenbach” in San Francisco Bay. The latter was apparently undamaged as it continued on its way to Portland, but ‘ the “Caspar,” with a damaged bow, was obliged to go to the shipyard for repairs. The Caspar was laid up in 1939. During World War II she was taken over by the Army and later wrecked in Alaska.
Why am I “featuring” the third Caspar? Well, according to the September 7th, 1921 Fort Bragg Advocate:
“The steam schooner Caspar transported 4,260,000 feet of lumber to San Francisco from Caspar during the month of August. She made seven round trips.”
According to a movie we have the most likely destination was a crate and box making factory located in Pittsburg which is located on the southern shore of the Suisun Bay in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay. Caspar Lumber Company had a controlling interest in the factory.
Pics of the third Caspar seem to be as rare as hen’s teeth. This one – of her as a wreck – was on the website.
The wreck of the third Caspar
How do I know this? well, there was a snippet in the local – the Advocate – that told me so:
“The salmon mild cured at Noyo last winter were recently put on the New York market and sold at a top-notch figure, being pronounced an exceptionally high grade.” So sayeth the February 13th, 1918 Fort Bragg Advocate.
Noyo was a community and a mill located mostly on the flat of the Noyo River. In 1858 Henry Weatherby and Alexander MacPherson, the owners and builders of the Albion mill built a mill on the flat of the Noyo River. In the winter of 1858 the mill site was flooded making an almost new start necessary in the spring of 1859. The machinery came in by sailing vessel and was landed onto a barge from the ship. The barge had to wait for a high tide to get the machinery to the mill site. The mill built one of the earliest railroads which hauled logs from Pudding Creek to the Noyo River. The railroad ran along what is now Harrison Street in Fort Bragg.