Coos Bay

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Coos Bay

Coos Bay (#126223) (1884-1914), 180-foot wood-hulled passenger and cargo steamer of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company’s fleet, purchased by them in 1887. She had been built in Oregon as a 140-foot vessel and was extended an additional 40 feet in 1895. According to an advertisement in a 1900 Santa Barbara Daily Press, her regular run from Newport to San Francisco stopped in San Pedro, Port Hueneme, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Gaviota, Port Harford, Cayucos, San Simeon, Monterey, and Santa Cruz. In 1907 she rescued the passengers aboard the wrecked Berkeley at Point Conception. In 1911 she went aground near the Ventura wharf, and was repaired and put back into service. Coos Bay made many runs to Santa Cruz Island during the 17 year period between 1891 and 1914 until she foundered for the second time on December 18, 1914 next to the Ventura pier. Her salvage rights were then sold.

In the News~

April 11, 1888 [SBDI]: “The steamer Coos Bay left this morning for Goleta, where she will convey A. P. More and his brother’s family over to Santa Rosa Island.”

April 15, 1888 [SBMP]: “The steamer Coos Bay returned last Friday to Goleta from Santa Rosa Island with A. P. More and John F. More and family.”

April 20, 1888 [SBDI]: “The steamer Coos Bay came in last night with a load of hogs for I. K. Fisher and Sherman & Ealand.”

April 21, 1888 [SBDI]: “The steamer Coos Bay stopped at Santa Cruz Island yesterday on her way to San Pedro, leaving a lot of supplies.”

December 3, 1891 [LAT/SB]: “The steamer Coos Bay on the last trip south stopped at Carpinteria and at Santa Cruz Island with freight.”

May 22, 1894 [LAST/SB]: “It is stated that the Pacific Coast Steamship Company is soon to make an important change in their line of boats on the southern route… The Coos Bay, which is running in place of the wrecked Los Angeles, is to be replaced by the Pomona. This will make a much better line of steamers than has been run heretofore on this route.”

November 12, 1894 [SBDI]: “The weather for the past week has been the thickest known among the coast for years. Seamen report dense fog night and day. On Saturday night the schooner Santa Rosa, lying at anchor in this port, narrowly escaped being run down by the Coos Bay making for the wharf. The Coos Bay did not discover the schooner until almost over her, passing so close as to strike the boom of the Santa Rosa, but doing no serious damage. There has been no wind at all to speak of and the ocean is very smooth.”

November 22, 1894 [SBDI]: “The steamer Coos Bay last night broke a crank pin at Santa Cruz Island and is disabled at that place. The mate, Charles Grey, and purser H. T. Stanley, and four seamen rowed over to this port and telegraphed to San Francisco for a tug to tow the steamer to that place.”

November 23, 1894 [SBMP]: “The steamer Coos Bay disabled at Santa Cruz Island. The steamer Santa Cruz arrived in port yesterday with six sailors and the 2nd mate of the steamer Coos Bay on board. They had been picked up in the channel while on their way to this city to report the breaking of the shaft on their steamer while making the wharf at Santa Cruz Island Wednesday night. On orders from the Pacific Steamship Company the Santa Cruz sailed for the island to take off the passengers which were later brought to this port. The disabled steamer will be towed to San Francisco by the Pomona tonight.”

November 23, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “The steamer Coos Bay was disabled at Santa Cruz Island today. She broke a crank pin. The mate, purser and four seamen arrived here in a small boat. The steamer will be towed to San Francisco by a tug.”

November 23, 1894 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara. The steamer Coos Bay is disabled at Santa Cruz Island. The vessel broke a crank pin. The mate, purser and four seamen arrived here in a small boat. The Coos Bay will be towed to San Francisco by tug.”

November 23, 1894 [SBDI]: “The steamer Santa Cruz brought over the crew and passengers of the Coos Bay from Santa Cruz Island last night after which she sailed to Redondo. The Pomona, which goes north tomorrow night, has orders to tow the disabled Coos Bay to San Francisco.”

November 25, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Mate Charles Gray, Purser H. T. Stanley and four seamen of the steamer Coos Bay arrived here this noon after rowing across the channel from Santa Cruz Island in a small boat. They report that the steamer is disabled at the island, having broken a crank pin, and will have to be towed to San Francisco. They wired for a tug for that purpose.”

February 3, 1896 [LAT/SD]: “The Pacific Coast Steamship Company will place the steamer Coos Bay on the run from Ensenada southward, as the Willamette Valley is over crowded with freight. Trade may warrant the operation of two boats.”

June 29, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “Captain Larco’s steam yacht Lizzie Belle W has been purchased by Captain Hall of the Coos Bay, to be used as a freighter at San Pedro in connection with the lobster cannery.”

July 3, 1898 [LAT/SB]: “The Caire family of San Francisco, owners of Santa Cruz Island, and party, arrived last Sunday and went over to the island in the steamer Coos Bay.”

April 29, 1899 [SBMP]: “The steamer Coos Bay stopped at Santa Cruz Island on her trip north last Wednesday and took aboard 150 sacks of wool for exportation.”

May 13, 1899 [SBMP]: “Captain Hall of the steamer Coos Bay, that was in port yesterday, gave it out that he has organized a company that will open a crawfish cannery and smoked fish factory in this city. Captain Hall bought from Captain Larco a 32-foot whale boat that will be used in the fishing trade here.”

January 29, 1911 [SBMP]: “Ventura. The Coos Bay, a steamer owned by the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, which went aground at 4 o’clock this morning, is still hardfast. Two tugs are standing by, and a third is coming from San Francisco. An attempt will be made to float her at high tide in the morning...”

July 9, 1911 [SBMP]: “According to representatives of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company in this city yesterday, the company has no boat available to fill the vacancy caused by the destruction of the Santa Rosa. The little freighter Coos Bay alone remains as the connection, by water, to the outside world.”

July 18, 1911 [LAT/SB]: “…For several years the steamers calling regularly at the local wharf were the Coos Bay and the Santa Rosa. With the destruction of the latter near Point Arguello last week…

December 11, 1912 [SBMP]: “The freight steamer Coos Bay was reported yesterday northbound, having stopped at Prisoners’ Harbor, Santa Cruz Island on the return voyage from Ventura for a large consignment of wine.”

November 19, 1913 [SBMP]: “During yesterday’s southeast blow, the channel was quite rough… The freighter Coos Bay was in port during the noon hour, sailing north at 1 o’clock.”

November 25, 1913 [SBDN]: “Captain McGuire shipped two large seals to San Francisco by the Coos Bay this afternoon. They represent two of the finest specimens of Santa Cruz Island seals captured in a long time.”

October 17, 1914 [SBMP]: “The steamer Coos Bay went north on her regular trip yesterday morning, taking from here six tons of green hides and a quantity of citrus fruits for San Francisco.”

December 20, 1914 [LAT/VC]: “Backing into the wharf here early today to take on a cargo of beans, the steamer Coos Bay swung under the structure, pounded it to pieces under the influence of a heavy swell, and wrecked herself. Captain James Bowen, master of the vessel, said the ship would probably be a total loss…”

December 22, 1914 [LAT/VC]: “Steamer Coos Bay still pounds into Ventura wharf. Cargo still in the hold…”

December 24, 1914 [LAT/VC]: “The steamer Coos Bay, entangled in the wharf at this place, and lying on the bottom of the sea in twelve feet of water at low tide, has been placed in the derelict class, and will probably be dynamited in order that the wharf may be repaired. With the big wrecking tug, Iaqua, and divers working all day Monday on the wreck, it was completely demonstrated to the underwriters that the whole bottom of the ship was torn out…”

December 24, 1914 [LAT/SP]: “…Anderson will negotiate for the salvage steamer Iaqua, which returned to San Francisco yesterday after an unsuccessful effort to raise the steamer Coos Bay which sank last Saturday at Ventura…”

January 2, 1915 [LAT/VC]: “The wrecked steamer Coos Bay is now clear of the wharf here and the work of repair to the structure will be hastened. A cargo of piles has already arrived for the rebuilding, which will take only a few weeks.”