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This Day in MendoHistory: October 22, 1897- Thirteen Sailors Die After Schooner Thrown Against Saunder’s Reef


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 steam schooner Caspar, 1887-1897. A photograph of a painting of the steam schooner, Caspar. (Gift of Emery Escola, Emery Escola Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

On this day in Mendocino history…

October 22, 1897 – The steam schooner Caspar capsized at Saunder’s Reef near Point Arena just after midnight. Thirteen sailors drowned after being washed overboard. Captain Anfindsen and sailor Christopher Larsen were the sole survivors.

The ship had left San Francisco the day before, headed for Usal. She was driven off course in a heavy gale, thrown against the rocks, and turned over. Anfindsen and Larsen clung to a piece of floating wreckage for more than twelve hours. Finally, Adolph Peterson and Henry Anderson, two courageous fishermen, were able to take a small boat through the heavy surf and rescue the two men.

The Caspar Lumber Company owned three steam schooners. The Caspar was the first, built of wood by Hansen & Frazer at San Francisco in 1887. She spent nearly ten years traveling the redwood coast between the mill and the retailers’ wharves on San Francisco Bay. After her disastrous final voyage, the Caspar was a total wreck, the machinery having dropped through the deck.

𝘓𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴! 𝘑𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘳𝘺 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘋𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘌𝘹𝘩𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘵 – 𝘝𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘋𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘣𝘴 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘚𝘢𝘸𝘺𝘦𝘳 & 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘵 𝘉𝘺𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴, 11 𝘢𝘮 𝘵𝘰 3 𝘱𝘮. See Less— at Kelley House Museum.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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