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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