This photo is dedicated to Lisa (delpeoples) who really helped me back to TE, and because I know she has a soft spot for old boat and ship ruins. Thanks Lisa for checking on me, it really meant a lot to me and my family!!
Loving you and yours.
The Mary D. Hume was a steamer built at Gold Beach, Oregon in 1881, by R. D. Hume, a pioneer and early businessman in that area. Gold Beach was then called Ellensburg. The Hume had a long career, first hauling goods between Oregon and San Francisco, then as a whaler in Alaska, as a service vessel in the Alaskan cannery trade, then as a tugboat. She was retired in 1977 and returned to Gold Beach. In 1985 she sank in the Rogue River and has remained there ever since as a derelict vessel on the shoreline. The Hume is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The Mary D. Hume was built of local timber at Gold Beach. The keel, measuring 10 inches (25 cm) by 36 inches (91 cm) by 140 feet (43 m) long was described as the "largest stick of square timber ever floated down Rogue River." The ship's knees were hand-cut from local Port Orford cedar roots. Planking was secured with wood pegs. The machinery was salvaged from the wrecked steamer Varuna. The Hume measured 150 tons, 96 feet (29 m) long by 22 feet (6.7 m) beam by 9 feet (2.7 m) draft. She was originally rigged as a schooner.
R. D. Hume was a pioneering businessman at Wedderburn and Gold Beach, then known as Ellensburg. By 1881, he had established a fish cannery and built Mary D. Hume, to support the cannery operation.. Mary D. Hume passed through several owners and a number of changes and reconstructions, and served as late as the 1970s, the oldest serving commercial vessel on the West Coast.
The first eight years of the Hume's career were spent hauling cargo between San Francisco and Gold Beach. In 1889 the Hume was bought by the Pacific Steam Whaling Company, to be used to haul baleen from Arctic waters. She was re-rigged as a brigantine. Her first expedition spanned 1890-1892, catching 37 whales for a cargo worth $400,000. The second voyage lasted from 1893 tp 1899, with relief crews sent to Herschel, Alaska. In 1900 the Hume became an Alaskan cannery tender for the Northwest Fisheries Company, receiving a new steam engine between 1900 and 1904. After sinking in ice in the Nushagak River she was repaired in Seattle. In either 1906 or 1908 she began work for the American Tug Boat Company of Everett, Washington towing logs and barges on Puget Sound. Her superstructure was altered at this time. A third new engine was installed in 1939, salvaged from the Columbia River lightship. In 1954 a 600 hp diesel engine was installed and the superstructure was altered to its present configuration. In 1973 the Hume was bought by the Crowley Maritime Corporation and was used as a tugboat. She was retired in 1977, and reconditioned by Crowley in 1978 prior to her return to Gold Beach.
An effort was organized to preserve Mary D. Hume as a museum ship, but a mechanical failure caused her to slide into the mud at Gold Beach and an unrelated lawsuit over ownership of the vessel dissipated the funds of the Curry County Historical Society which had planned to restore the vessel. Even so, the Mary D. Hume is on the National Register of Historic Places, and her wreck can still be seen in Gold Beach.
The Hume was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 1, 1979, when she was afloat and berthed on the Rogue River. Repairs started in 1985, but an accident led to her sinking. Efforts were made to survey and raise her, but there were no funds to make the effort. In 1992 the Hume's status on the National Register was reviewed. The review concluded that her hulk still held significance and she was retained on the National Register.
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ikeharel (59593) 2012-11-01 9:14
Not much gold around, but my imgination had discovered a "face" on the old boat chimeney. Seems as the half sunken boat still watch the by-passers...
Nice beach view, colors and light well collected.
krzychu30 (15510) 2012-11-01 10:03
I´m amazed again,how such abandoned and devastated objects can look so beautiful and charming on photos.Beautiful composition,nicely composed-I like especially how you framed the scene with these ears of grass in the FG,it makes so lovely opening to the scene.The image has superb clarity,light and delightful,vibrant colors.
Wish You All the Best
bema (26361) 2012-11-01 10:06
a lot of interesting detils in your kind note about this fascinating wreck, which looks very good in your splendid capture..
thanks for sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
Antipodean (1658) 2012-11-01 10:23
Kia ora Buddy,
There is always something sad about seeing a ship that has reached then end of its working life & is decaying - rusting away - especially when she has been such a work-horse. Great photo. Cheers, Neil
Miguel82 (25025) 2012-11-01 11:14
We follow our visit of Oregon coast with that superb shot.
Good light and sky conditions, I like that old ship, the pine forest and the bridge many interesting details
Excellent sharpness, framing and colors
See you next time
Gigidusud (17005) 2012-11-01 11:45
Beautiful photo of this old boat,the colors and reflections are splendid.Interesting history and great dedicace for our friend Lisa.
All the best for you and your family.
Your friend of France,Gigi.
cornejo (33312) 2012-11-01 12:10
Hey Buddy, good photo of this interesting boat with long history, this setting is very nice, where resting after busy life. Very good and nice composition, made with good technique and quality. And pretty good job well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes.
Sonata11 (33298) 2012-11-01 21:34
Another beautiful capture of this beautiful scenery. with fabtastic quality. Great POV and DOF as well.Very nice colors, light and nice framing. Very impressive picture. Awesome !!!!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-11-02 4:21
love this! Such a fascinating old wreck, full of the colours of neglect and in such a beautiful setting. I know Lisa is going to love this too, bless her. Executed and presented superbly.
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
Really hope some of the weight of recent events is getting a little easier to bear Buddy. B.
fritzi007 (7019) 2012-11-02 14:18
perfect comment and photo, very well done, congratulations!
Wish you a nice weekend
photoray (12797) 2012-11-02 14:52
Fine view of the decaying ancient steamer, color layering, beige grass foreground, distant classical Gold Beach highway bridge with those beautiful arches, and all in natural excellent resolution.
I have mixed feelings about leaving our historical structures outdoors in their environment to naturally decay to the elements, and hopefully not vandals. Our to bring them indoors for protection. In this case I like the natural approach which like Life is more valuable because what we treasure and love is only here for a short but wonderful time.
Good job and keepup the fine art works, and historical records,
PS: Your brother being mixed Creole is interesting. Perhaps many of us have more Native American heritage than we are aware of. I know growing up, to proclaim being one fourth Choctaw at school would have led to more bullying and fights. My heart goes out to our Native Americans.
delpeoples (53665) 2012-11-02 22:23
Your dedication is lovely, thank you so much. I am moved by it. That you find time for such thoughtfulness during this difficult time in your life is such a testament to your lovely nature. And how well you've chosen the photo. I absolutely love old wrecks and this one is so colourful and full of character, I can hardly wait to add it to my Theme. In fact, it looks how I feel, after 4 hour lunch with my dad, my best friend and her dear dad on the sea at an Italian restaurant. I will have another vino in your honour, dear friend. Stay strong, and my very best wishes to you.
milad_abazari (1648) 2012-11-03 7:33
Registration is beautiful and good. Exposure and color were excellent. With respect.
Noel_Byrne (25748) 2012-11-04 6:01
It is amazing the amount of vivid colours in this old wreck, even abandoned by all, it still makes such a beautiful subject. As others have mentioned, there is something saddening about seeing old vessels like this left to disappear, having served long lives working, but they certainly make wonderful photo opportunities, especially with such a wonderful backdrop too!! That bridge looks very interesting.
Thanks for sharing
Cricri (108729) 2012-11-08 9:18
De jolies couleurs de ce vieux bateau, la vue du pont en diagonale, les reflets et j'aime les herbes sur le devant de la composition
Alors un bon retour sur TE et merci à Lisa :-)
mesutilgim (86688) 2012-11-16 10:59
Nice capture, nice dedication, nice story !
TE is like in catholic weddings, through good and bad times, but allways ! The capture itself is just perfect; with it's pov and layout. Simple but nice framing.
TFS and have a nice weekend
emilbo (22616) 2012-11-16 15:13
Une très intéressante présentation et excellente perspective avec le pont en arrière-plan. Ce vieux bateaux a surement eu des plus beaux jours mais à présent il fait le bonheur des photographes. Parfait éclairage et merveilleuse couleurs avec de beaux reflets.
Toutes mes félicitations et bonne fin de semaine,
ruisc_pt (10890) 2014-08-28 6:11
- Copyright: Buddy Denmark (PecoBud) (3824)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-27
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon coolpix S3000
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Shipwrecks II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-01 8:31