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This Day in MendoHistory: October 1, 1905- Steamer Slams Into Gualala Reefs Becoming Stuck for Three Weeks

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.

Photo: The wreck of the Santa Barbara at Del Mar Landing, just south of Gualala on the Mendocino Coast, October 1, 1905. The tug boat, Pomo, can be seen in the background. (Gift of Emery Escola, Emery Escola Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

On this day in Mendocino history…

October 1, 1905 – The steamer Santa Barbara, headed for Seattle with a cargo of 300 tons of freight and 18 passengers, wrecked on the rocks at Del Mar below Gualala at 4 o’clock in the morning. Despite a big hole in her bow, her officers soon convinced themselves that there was no immediate danger of the vessel going down, and the passengers were given time to dress and partake of coffee before the three lifeboats were lowered.

The officers and crew took the passengers to shore then returned to the vessel, which was stuck hard and fast on a reef. Later that morning, four passing steamers stopped to help. The Pomo, Point Arena, Phoenix and Sea Foam sent lines to the stranded vessel and made a united effort to pull her off the reef, but their combined strength was powerless to budge her. The Sea Foam continued on her way to San Francisco with the Santa Barbara’s passengers and part of her crew.

A second attempt proved successful, and the Point Arena and Pomo were able to tow the Santa Barbara to her home port of San Francisco. Three weeks later, the licenses of the Santa Barbara’s Captain, Chief Mate, and Second Mate were suspended because they had been “unskillful and negligent in navigating the steamer on this occasion.”

𝘑𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘳𝘺 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘋𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘴 – 𝘝𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘋𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘣𝘴 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘚𝘢𝘸𝘺𝘦𝘳 & 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘵 𝘉𝘺𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘓𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘚𝘢𝘸𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘵 𝘉𝘺𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘸 𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘈𝘭𝘣𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘋𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘴 & 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘴. 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭, 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦, 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘺𝘦𝘵 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭, 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴. 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘶𝘮 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴: 𝘛𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴, 11 𝘢𝘮 𝘵𝘰 3 𝘱𝘮. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘶𝘮 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘵 45007 𝘈𝘭𝘣𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘔𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘰. https://www.kelleyhousemuseum.org/jewelry-for-doors/

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