These cuttings, from the Fort Bragg local paper, give you an idea of just how much lumber was shipped from the ports along the Mendocino Coast when logging was THE industry here.
Loading the Phoenix
The Advocate April 18th, 1911
“Friday afternoon, the “Brunswick” towed the four-masted schooner “Samur” out of port. She sailed for Molendo, South America, with a cargo of 55,000 feet of sawed ties.”
The Advocate July 3rd, 1911
“The “Titania,” a large Norwegian steamer 350 feet long, called at Caspar last week and took on a million feet of redwood, sailing for Everett, Washington, where she is to complete her cargo there taking aboard two million feet of pine. From Everett she goes to Australia.”
The Advocate July 18th, 1911
“The big Norwegian tramp, “Bjonestergine,” Captain Heinersten, arrived at Noyo Saturday. She is the largest boat ever loaded at Noyo and has the longest name. She is 420 feet long, carries 9,200 tons or five million feet of lumber. She will take a cargo of 300,000 feet of redwood. From here she sails north to complete her cargo, from there to Melbourne, Australia. Captain Hammer has charge of the loading and expects to have her ready to sail Friday or Saturday.”
The Advocate September 5th, 1911
“The large English tramp “Wakefield” arrived at Noyo Friday afternoon and took on 800,000 feet of redwood lumber. Tuesday afternoon she sailed for Portland where she will complete her cargo. From Portland, she will sail to Australia to discharge her cargo.”
It takes 2,500 feet of lumber (give or take) to build a modest 3 bedroom home. Just imagine how many houses worth there were in these four shipments.
Wapoma the last of the west coast schooners