Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lumber Schooner May Sail Again

Neat article (with photos) in today’s San Jose Mercury, “Making it Shipshape – Historic schooner’s $14M restoration nearing completion,” by Denis Cuff. It’s about a lumber schooner, the C.A. Thayer, which sailed along the West Coast from 1895 to 1912. Restored by the National Park Service, the Thayer is at a shipyard in Alameda, but will return to the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco in 2016. 

Here’s a link to the article:


Lumber schooners called at the ports all along the Mendocino Coast:

“Until 1886, schooners made regular stops at Newport, Kibesillah and all the North Coast logging towns … to transport the valuable timber products to San Francisco and other ports… ++ 

“A regular feature in the Mendocino Beacon was the “Marine Intelligence” column, which listed arrivals and departures of ships, often with a list of cargo and passengers. In the October 1877, the schooners Joseph, with Capt. Ingerson at the helm, and Fanny Hyde, under the command of Capt. Jackson, both sailed from Newport to San Francisco with 2,500 and 3,200 sacks of potatoes, respectively. +++ 

“Besides potatoes, redwood and redwood byproducts from the mighty redwoods were the primary cargo shipped from the chutes at Newport and Kibesillah, from lumber and railroad ties to tan bark and cords of wood. The sailing ships carried it all:

“Schooner General Ord, Captain Gorden, for San Francisco with 105 ft. lumber and 8 cords picket bolts… Schooner Fannie A. Hyde, Captain Jesperson, for San Francisco with 2,100 sacks potatoes and 25 cords of wood…” ++++ 


San Jose Mercury News, October 15, 2015, page 1, by Denis Cuff

++  Newport & Kibesillah — A Tale of Two Mendocino County Coastal Logging Towns in Northern California, page 84   © 2015 Kathleen M. Nevin

+++  Mendocino Beacon, October 13, 1877

++++  Mendocino Beacon, November 10, 1877

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Evenings in Newport & Kibesillah

I’ve been enjoying the Facebook posts from innkeepers Creighton & Cindy at The Inn at Newport Ranch, on the site of the one-time shipping point at  Newport, and its neighboring town, Kibesillah.

From last Saturday night (October 15, 2015):

“Dinner at the Inn tonight…15 in-house guests having crab legs & sirloin tonight…oddly very warm out tonight- should be a nice evening!”

It reminded me of a story about a “Grand Ball” at the end of 1877, reported in the Mendocino Beacon++, and recounted on Page 126 in my book+:

“A Grand Ball was given by Mr. Loyd Beall at the opening of his new house on Friday the 21st instant+++ near Kibesillah, at which a majority of the Kibesillahians put in an appearance. All enjoyed themselves greatly and when the hour for parting arrived all seemed loath to depart, yea even the leaders of a four horse team which brought down the Kibesillah Star Band would not think of going, and at last had to be fastened back to the wagon and pulled along.”

+ Newport & Kibesillah — A Tale of Two Mendocino County Coastal Logging Towns in Northern California

++ Mendocino Beacon, December 29, 1877

+++  The 21sth “instant,” common term used in newspapers and written communications in the 1880s. It means “in the current month.” “Proximo refers to the next month, and “ultimo” references the month preceding the current month.

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