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The Mary D Hume, Gold Beach

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The Mary D. Hume was a steamer built at Gold Beach, Oregon in 1881, by R. D. Hume, a pioneer and early businessman in that area. Gold Beach was then called Ellensburg. The Hume had a long career, first hauling goods between Oregon and San Francisco, then as a whaler in Alaska, as a service vessel in the Alaskan cannery trade, then as a tugboat. She was retired in 1977 and returned to Gold Beach. In 1985 she sank in the Rogue River and has remained there ever since as a derelict vessel on the shoreline. The Hume is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.DescriptionThe Mary D. Hume was built of local timber at Gold Beach. The keel, measuring 10in by 36in by 140ft long was described as the "largest stick of square timber ever floated down Rogue River." The ship's knees were hand-cut from local Port Orford cedar roots. Planking was secured with wood pegs. The machinery was salvaged from the wrecked steamer Varuna. The Hume measured 150 tons, 96ft long by 22ft beam by 9ft draft. She was originally rigged as a schooner.HistoryR. D. Hume was a pioneering businessman at Wedderburn and Gold Beach, then known as Ellensburg. By 1881, he had established a fish cannery and built Mary D. Hume, to support the cannery operation. Mary D. Hume passed through several owners and a number of changes and reconstructions, and served as late as the 1970s, the oldest serving commercial vessel on the West Coast.
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  • They really should do their environment a favor and sink this rotten old piece of junk. It detracts from the otherwise nice little port area in such a beautiful,place. Can't understand why the locals ...  more »
  • We found this by accident. I pulled in snapped a picture, and we headed off down the road. I was surprised to learn that this is an attraction. It caught our attention though, well, ok, there ya have ...  more »
  • The ship itself has seen much better days. But the story on the wall is very interesting and historic.  more »