Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum, Samoa

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The Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum is located in Samoa, California, a small town across Humboldt Bay from Eureka. The focus of the museum is the preservation and interpretation of its collection of artifacts, photographs, library archives and materials which relate principally to the maritime history of California's North Coast. The current public facility is located in what was the head cook's house next to the Samoa Cookhouse and was founded in 1977.A cornerstone of the Museum collection is its excursion boat, the MV Madaket. The 1910 ferry was originally built on Humboldt Bay with five other similar boats designed to transport Eureka's mill workers to and from lumber operations across Humboldt Bay. Originally christened the "Nellie C" after a member of the Cousins family which built her, she served as a ferry boat from Table Bluff, Fields Landing, Eureka, Samoa and Arcata until 1972 when she was the last to be put out of daily use due to construction of the Samoa Bridge which made the commute faster by car. Now rebuilt and also the oldest operating passenger vessel in the nation still providing passenger service, she provides visitors the opportunity to see Eureka and the port from her decks, while experiencing a narrative of the history of the port and city and the founding and fortune of both and visiting her onboard tavern, the smallest licensed bar in California.
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  • We visited this small maritime museum and were so pleased with the rich history and artifacts. The curator was fabulous bringing the era to life. What a wealth of knowledge! The history of those schoo...  more »
  • I was a little surprised by how small the museum is, given that the ocean and ships have played such a huge role in the life of Humboldt County. Even so, the collection contains some fascinating items...  more »
  • Talk about a trip back in time... these historical places like this are amazing, showing a time when things weren't necessary easier by any means but, they were definitely a little more down home, old fashioned, work your knuckles to the bone way of living. Thank you for keeping these places open for the public I'm sure I speak for more than a few that It's much appreciated!!!
  • We were told we could be kids and have fun!!! So cool. I touched a lot of stuff! Lol. Cute little Museum! Right next door to Samoa Cookhouse! Never noticed it before! Weird!

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