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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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  • This is just one of many odd and unique roadside attractions along the Oregon Coast. This tugboat sunk at its moorings years ago. It is slowly decaying. It might be worth a quick 5-minute stop to get ...  read more »
  • Built in 1881 and retired in 1978, this boat is now fading into the bay. Much more is visible at low tide. Fun to see while waiting to jet boat on the Rogue River! 
  • Not much is left of old Mary but it is still cool to look at. Don't go expecting it to look like the picture above as most of it has deteriorated at this point. But still worth a little peek if you ha...  read more »
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