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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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  • 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 »
  • The history of Mary D Hume is wonderful. I was impressed with all the work the company did to bring Mary to the rogue river.  more »
  • Mary D Hume shipwreck has 97 years of active service also holds the record for the longest service vessel of the Pacific coast. Built back in 1881 by Mr R D Hume. From Astoria Oregon. The Vessel was named after his wife.
  • There was little left of the boat. On one hand I can find that amusing and it has a charm of seeing it deteriorate, on the other hand it’s not worth it to drive the extra miles to see it.

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