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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. Using our international travel planner, Gold Beach attractions like The Mary D Hume can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We stopped here on our way through as a place to stretch our legs. The area is really pretty and this is a fun little slice of history. I enjoy history, abandoned areas, and archology so this... 
    We stopped here on our way through as a place to stretch our legs. The area is really pretty and this is a fun little slice of history. I enjoy history, abandoned areas, and archology so this...  more »
  • Eyesore in need of removal. Just a heap of rotting timbers after storms 10 years ago. A waste of energy and photos 
    Eyesore in need of removal. Just a heap of rotting timbers after storms 10 years ago. A waste of energy and photos  more »
  • A beautiful area to visit. There are a ton of things to do here. A good page about the history of the Steamer Excellent to bring your children, a piece of history before it is gone. It is free to see....  more
    A beautiful area to visit. There are a ton of things to do here. A good page about the history of the Steamer Excellent to bring your children, a piece of history before it is gone. It is free to see....  more »
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  • Pretty cool old boat. Best time to get here is at low tide.
  • We live down the street, and we love seeing her in the different tides.
  • This an interesting spot. There’s a nice path to walk along the water nearby. It’s a nice area to get out and stretch your legs.
  • Interesting little shipwreck near the jet boat excursions.
  • Sick boat, cool history, pretty view of the bridge 💯

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