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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.

Nikon D700, 20 mm f/2.8D Lens
f/6.3, 1/160th, ISO 200

Photomatix HDR, 5 JPG Images (-.67, -.33, 0, +.33, +.67)

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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing about this old vessel – so sad that it’s not being preserved for future generations to see.

  • Thank you for commenting Marsha! Some say it is a fitting end, but I agree with you.

    – Randall Scholten

  • Linda Miller Gesualdo
    Linda Miller G...about 4 years ago

    Randy this is fantastic work :-)

  • Thanks so much Linda!

    – Randall Scholten

  • moodywalia
    moodywaliaabout 4 years ago


  • Glad you think so! Thanks!

    – Randall Scholten

  • Luke Griffin
    Luke Griffinabout 4 years ago

    What a wonderful piece to honour a magnificent vessel but such a tragedy she is being left to the forces of nature.

  • Thanks Luke… much appreciated!

    – Randall Scholten

  • John  De Bord Photography
    John De Bord ...about 4 years ago

    great shot with some fantastic detail and composition

  • Very kind of you… thanks very very much!

    – Randall Scholten

  • gazmercer
    gazmercerabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture! such a tragic story and a real shame

  • Thanks Gary. I agree… the historic vessel should be, should have been, preserved.

    – Randall Scholten

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • My pleasure!

    – Randall Scholten

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterabout 4 years ago

    Wow! this is the best image that I’ve seen of this vessel as yet, marvelous mood and detail! Dee

  • Thanks so much Dee!

    – Randall Scholten

  • Iani
    Ianiabout 4 years ago

    Awesome image

  • Thanks! Glad you like it!

    – Randall Scholten

  • abigcat
    abigcatabout 4 years ago

    As sad as it is to see this rotting away, I can’t help but compare it to the treatment meted out to ’We the People" by our supposedly representative government. However my political views do not detract me from enjoying this wonderful picture of an “old work horse” at home in probably her final resting place. There is still a certain dignity in the presentation of this. :-))
    Nicely captured

  • Thanks for commenting.. much appreciated.

    – Randall Scholten

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