Mexico

From Islapedia

Mexico (#91417) (1882-1897), 274-foot wood-hulled commercial passenger steamer built by the Dickie Brothers of San Francisco for the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company. She was sold to the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, and Santa Cruz Island Company records indicate Mexico delivered supplies to the island in 1890, 1895, 1896, and 1897. On August 5, 1897, she was wrecked without loss of life at Dixon's Entrance, Alaska with a very large number of passengers bound for the Klondike Gold Rush. At the time, this was the largest vessel to be lost in Pacific Northwest waters. Joaquin Miller, famous “poet of the Sierra” was among her passengers.



In the News~

October 26, 1882 [SBDP]: “Crew of the bark Brookville picked up near Santa Rosa Island. The steamer Mexico, from Guaymas, brought the officers and crew of the wrecked British Bark Brookville. June 25th, the vessel was badly damaged in a storm, losing her bowsprit and maintop gallant mast, and springing a leak. August 25th a hurricane disabled the ship, which was abandoned September 1st, the captain and five men taking the whale boat, and mate and eight men in the long boat. Their position was 17.49 north, 117.13 west. September 5th they reached Santa Rosa Island, off Santa Barbara Channel, where they remained until the 14th under stress of weather. September 28th, before daylight, they sighted a steamer supposed to be one of the Panama Line of steamers. They sent up rockets, burned blue lights and torches, but the steamer kept on her course. The same day, they were picked up by the schooner Lotus.” [also LAT 10/26/1882]


February 4, 1896 [LAT/SF]: “Coming by boat. San Francisco. The passengers on the steamer Mexico for Santa Barbara: Justinian Caire…”


July 23, 1895 [SBDI]: “Sixty sacls of crawfish were shipped to San Francisco on the Mexico last night. The crawfish season opened July 15th, and this is the largest shipment up to date.”


February 5, 1896 [SBMP]: “Justinian Caire, owner of Santa Cruz Island, arrived on the Mexico yesterday afternoon.”