1860 Centerville Beach Mendocino California Ship Wreck Northerner Antique Print For Sale
1860 Centerville Beach Mendocino California Ship Wreck Northerner Antique Print
Antique Print DescriptionThis is an original antique print depicting the shipwreck of the steamship Northerner. The paddle-wheel steamer "Northerner," built in New York in 1847, rounded Cape Horn in 1850 and was in active mail service for the next ten years.
On January 4, 1860, she left San Francisco on regular route to Victoria and Olympia with the mails. At 4 p.m. on January 5, the ship was sailing in a smooth sea and south winds. Four miles from Cape Mendocino, the steamer passed between the cape and a group of offshore rocks known as Blunt's Reef when a slight bump was felt.
On examination, it was found that several planks on the bottom of the ship were scraped off. The captain realized it was impossible to save the ship, and headed to land. Passengers and crew bailed the filling ship while the winds increased to storm levels and a huge surf pounded the beach.
Of the 108 on board initially, 38 drowned of whom 17 were passengers and 21 crew. Thirty-eight passengers, including five of six women and all four children on board, were saved as were 32 crew members.
The Centerville Beach Cross is a monument that commemorates the 17 passengers and 21 crew members who died in the shipwreck of the SS Northerner on January 6, 1860. The monument is registered as California Historical Landmark # 173. (Wiki)
Title: Wreck of the Steamship "Northerner"
Artist: Sketch by a passenger
Block Signature: None
Publisher: Harper's Weekly
Medium Used: Wood engraving, Year: February 25, 1860
Size: Image size 6" x 9"
Condition: Near Fine (Small foxing spot upper margin)
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