Beginning in January 1881, the Mary D. Hume hauled goods between the Rogue River (Gold Beach, Oregon) and San Francisco for ten years. She then started her service as an arctic whaling ship. She was run aground countless times and even sank in Alaskan waters in the ice of Nushagak River and was raised and repaired in Seattle in 1904. She also recorded the longest whaling voyage of six and a half years! The Mary D Hume was named after the wife of the original owner after he purchased the boat in 1881.
The Mary D Hume is also credited with the largest catch of baleen whale in history, valued at $400,000, after a 29 month voyage!
In 1978, after the longest Pacific coastal service of any boat, The Mary D Hume motored back between the jetties in Gold Beach and was given to the Curry County Historical Society. Crowds lined the banks of the river and cheered as she came in, and she was entered on the National Register of Historical places.
This historic vessel is not being preserved in its final resting place along the banks of the Rogue River in Gold Beach. Everything seemed to go wrong after the Mary D Hume was turned over to the Historic Society. It took seven years to rig a sling. When they tried to lift her out for repairs the sling broke. Then the slings structure failed and the boat fell and sank in four feet of water. And there she still remains, being rapidly destroyed by the harsh coastal weather, the swift ocean tides, and the destructive currents of the large river.
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