Guide to the Album of Columbia River Light Ship No. 50 1901
PC 128

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Album of Columbia River Light Ship No. 50
ID
PC 128
Date
1901
Extent
37.0 items
Language
English
Abstract
On April 11, 1892, Light Ship 50 was towed to a position five miles west of the Columbia River’s mouth where she became the west coast's first active lightship. In November, 1889 a serious storm broke her anchorage, and the next day her crew beached her. Between February and June of 1901 she was hauled 700 yards overland to where she could be relaunched.The collection holds 37 photographic images, maintained in their original order and binding.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Album of Columbia River Light Ship No. 50, 1901 (PC 128)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

On April 11, 1892, Light Ship 50 was towed to a position five miles west of the Columbia River’s mouth where she became the west coast's first active lightship. In November, 1889 a serious storm broke her anchorage, and the next day her crew beached her; she remained beached until June, 1901. Between February and June of 1901 she was hauled 700 yards overland to where she could be relaunched; after repairs she was returned to her station on August 18, 1901. In 1909, she was removed from lightship duties, and in 1915 she was sold at public auction.

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Scope and Contents note

The cover reads "Compliments of Allen [Andrew Allen] and Roberts [J.H. Roberts], Portland, Ore., Contractors for moving Columbia River Light Ship No. 50, overland from Ocean Beach to Baker's Bay, at Forth Canby, Washington. Distance, 1-2 of a mile. Light Ship was stranded at McKinsey's Head, Nov. 29, 1899; moved May, 1901." Additional handwritten notes read "Presented to Louis Heinrichs, Ord. Sgt USA. Ft. Canby, Wash."

The collection holds 37 photographic images, maintained in their original order and binding. All photographs are undated and undescribed, though most are noted as having been taken by J.F. Ford. The photograph depicts the grounded ship, the process of moving her overland, those involved, and finally the ship back at dock.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

It is unclear when and from whom this was acquired, save that it apparently came to the Libraries before 1959. It was held in MASC as Cage 4019 before being redescribed as a photographs collection.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by University Archivist Mark O'English in June 2009.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Columbia River -- Navigation -- Safety measures.

Personal Name(s)

  • Ford, J. F.

Subject(s)

  • Lightships -- Columbia River Estuary (Or. and Wash.)
  • Lightships -- Columbia River.
  • Navigation -- Columbia River -- Safety measures.
  • Oregon
  • Ships and Shipping
  • Washington (State)

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