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This Day in MendoHistory: June 24, 1926- The Third Largest Ship to Ever Enter Mendocino Bay Docks

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In collaboration with Mendocino’s Kelley House Museum, MendoFever will be publishing their “This Day in Mendocino History” Facebook posts. The Kelley House Museum works hard to document and curate Mendocino County’s rich history and can be visited in the seaside town of Mendocino.

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The Marie Bakke at Mendocino, 1926. The Marie Bakke was in port in Mendocino from June 24 to June 28, 1926. (Emery Escola, Emery Escola Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

On this day in Mendocino history…

June 24, 1926 – The Norwegian steamer Marie Bakke, the third largest ship ever to enter Mendocino Bay, arrived to take on 40,000 railroad ties. She was a new boat, and this was her first cargo. After considerable maneuvering, she tied up at the mooring in the bay. She was piloted in by Capt. Bostrom.

The vessel had a capacity of 8000 tons, was 375 feet in length, and drew 30 feet of water when loaded. One and a half million feet of sawed ties were loaded at Mendocino, then she departed for Noyo to take on additional ties and Seattle to complete her cargo. Her ultimate destination was South America.

“The big vessel attracted a lot of attention when she came in and numerous people have gone aboard her to look her over.”

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I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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