1888.12.22 Mendocino Wreck

As found in the December 22nd 1888 in the Humboldt Daily Standard.

“Steam Schooner Stranded.

A report came into this office, just before going to press, that a steam schooner had struck on the south spit of Humboldt bar. No definite information has reached the office up to the time of writing this notice.


The steamer on the south spit is supposed to be the steam schooner Mendocino, here for the first time. She took cargo at Field’s Landing and sailed from there about noon to-day. It is feared that she will be a total loss.


Benjamin Harrison chief engineer of steam schooner Tillamook, came in on the train from Field’s Landing and from him we learn that the steam schooner Tallamook and Mendocino came out from Field’s Landing to-day and were at the entrance together. The Tallamook put back to Field’s landing, considering the bar too rough to get out. The Captain of the Mendocino kept on out.


The tug Mary Ann has just returned from the stranded vessel and says all hands were saved except the child of chief engineer Bragg which was drowned.

The child was three years old, its body was recovered and taken to the light house with the mother who is awaiting medical treatment.

We learn from Captain Hansen that the Mendocino’s boat was manned by six men, and the engineer’s wife and child were put into the boat and an effort made to reach the land on the South Spit. The boat was capsized and the life-saving crew who had arrived picked up all those in the water. The little baby of Mrs. Bragg was dead when rescued. All were taken to the light house where Mrs. Bragg lies in a critical condition. A Doctor was taken down in the steam launch Alice. The Captain and remainder of crew are still with the vessel, which may be gotten off at the next high tide.”

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