This Day in MendoHistory: November 15, 1860- Maritime Disaster Strikes Killing Twelve Sailors

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.

The J.S. Cabot destroyed in the Mendocino Bay [Picture provided by the Kelley House Museum]

On this day in Mendocino history…

November 15, 1860 – Twelve lives were lost in a terrible maritime disaster in Mendocino Bay. The brig J. S. Cabot had approached the loading chute to take on a cargo of lumber. Seeing the chute was currently in use, the captain attempted to turn back to sea but a sudden gale brought in a heavy sea from the south. Although anchors were dropped, the ship was dragged and capsized. The mate and six of the crew drowned. Captain John William Gage survived. A small boat was launched from shore to rescue the sailors, but the rescue boat was rolled over by a large wave. All of the would-be rescuers perished.

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