V13 N4 Fall 1986 Restored Monomoy Surfboat CG-26802, August 1986

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RESTORED MONOMOY SURFBOAT CG-26802, AUGUST 1986 CG-26802 took to the water in time to race in the Museum's Row-In, during Astoria Regatta last August, after languishing in storage for twenty years. She is a 26-foot Monomoy surfboat that was in use aboard the Coast Guard cutter Dexter in 1965 when a survey found the boat no longer fit for service. The late Rolf Klep, founder of the Museum, learned that the boat was up for disposition and arranged to have it donated to the Museum and transported to Astoria from the Coast Guard base at Alameda, California in 1966. His intent was to exhibit the boat, but it was placed in storage and nothing more was done-until last spring.

Staff members had long admired the boat, so it was finally decided to restore it for use afloat. CG-26802 had been kept under cover and was still basically sound enough for use in protected waters, though greatly in need of a thorough refurbishing and new fiberglass sheathing. The work extended over the course of several months, but at last she was ready. Manned with a mixed crew of volunteers and staff, the old boat performed well, for her size and weight, in the Row-In, though we claim no speed records for the course (she loomed like a battleship over the kayaks and canoes that constituted the bulk of the entries). (continued on page 3/


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FROM THE QUARTERDECK Michael Naab stepped down as Director at the end of October after fifteen years with the Museum. He was hired as Curator in 1971 and was promoted to Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer in 1980. The next year, following Rolf Klep' s death, he became Director. Rolf Klep is justly revered for his vision in founding the Museum and his determination in pursuing support for its growth. However, the reality of the Museum, as it now is, might never have come near meeting Rolf Klep' s vision of its potential without Michael Naab's immense energy , versatility, and insistence on excellence in every detail. All of us owe him our thanks and best wishes for all his future pursuits. Meanwhile, the Museum continues to move forward . We have a highly competent and devoted staff who strive for constant improvement in all our existing programs. And with the support of our fine group of trustees, volunteers, and members, we are in a good position for continued growth. Larry Gilmore, Acting Director

NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTED Dr. Stephen L. Recken has been appointed by the Trustees to succeed Michael Naab as Director, effective January 1st. Following a nation-wide search, Dr. Recken was selected due to his fine educational background and excellent record as Director of the Clatsop County Historical Society for the past three years . The staff here offer their congratulations and look forward to working with Dr. Recken.

ATAHUALPA MANUSCRIPTS TRANSCRIBED Transcription and typing of our important collection of fur trade manuscripts from the ship Atahualpa was recently completed by Phyllis Anderson, a volunteer from Cannon Beach, Oregon . The material consists of two volumes of a journal kept by Ralph Haskins, Supercargo of the ship during her voyage of 1800-1803 from Boston to the Northwest Coast , plus correspondence, cargo manifests, and other business records. The Museum's purchase of the manuscripts in 1983 was underwritten by the late Edmund Hayes of Portland (a friend who will be greatly missed by the Museum). The size and age of the documents generally did not permit photocopying. Now that transcripts can he made available to scholars, it is hoped that arrangements can be made for the collection to be edited and published. Most other maritime fur trade accounts are by ship captains, but it was the supercargo who actually conducted the trading, so Haskins' manuscripts present rare details of the business. We certainly owe Mrs. Anderson a debt of gratitude for making this information fully accessible.

More than fifty people attended our Transpacific Contacts Conference to hear seven scholars, from a variety of backgrounds, present the results of the latest historical and archaeological research concerning early links between the West Coast and the Orient. A rigorous analysis of 16th century Chinese porcelain sherds found at Drakes Bay, California has reinforced the belief of many scholars that this was indeed the place where Sir Francis Drake repaired the Golden Hind in 1579 before sailing west across the Pacific. The porcelain had been captured from the Spanish and was apparently discarded or given to local Indians by Drake's expedition. The issue was previously clouded by the presence of similar porcelain fragments from a Spanish ship wrecked in the same place in 1595. Careful comparison of physical and stylistic characteristics succeeded in sorting out two distinct groups of material. Other discussions revolved around fragments of metal and Oriental ceramics that have turned up in prehistoric Indian sites at Nehalem Bay and Netarts, Oregon, suggesting that at least one unrecorded shipwreck occurred on the Oregon coast before the era of exploration. For over two centuries, the famous Manila galleons carried Asian goods from the Philippine Islands to Mexico. Their route took them well to the north to pick up favorable winds, and they normally made their first landfall in the vicinity of Cape Mendocino, California. It is certainly possible that Spanish ships could have been driven off course by storms and wrecked on the Oregon coast. The results of a study of inscribed stones and cairns located on Neahkahnie Mountain, Oregon were presenled. It was suggested that these features may be marks for a systematic land survey conducted by methods used in the 16th and 17th centuries, but the purpose of such a survey is unclear. A proposition that there is some connection to Drake is controversial. It is possible that there were older, direct contacts between Asians and the Native Americans, but the evidence from all the specific studies presented at the conference involved items of Oriental origin that reached North America via early European explorers and traders. The influence of these contacts on Indian peoples seems to have been limited and localized in nature. The proceedings of the conference were tape recorded, and it is expected that a typed transcript will eventually be available to interested parties. The Museum offers its thanks to Mr. Harvey W. Steele of Portland for his role in organizing the conference. We hope to deal with other scholarly topics in a similar fashion in the future .

• CHRISTMAS PROGRAM A free concert of Christmas music will once again be presented by the Museum on the afternoon of Sunday, December 21st as a gift to the community. Previous Christmas concerts have been well attended and quite popular. Although our schedule has not been finalized, this year's event will, as in the past, feature a variety of musical styles. Plan on joining us in celebration of the spirit of the season!


GIFT SHOP HOLIDAY OFFERINGS The Museum Gift Shop offers these suggestions for winter reading and holiday gift ideas: Foss: Ninety Years of Towboating, by M. Skalley is back in print. Softcover, $29.95 (Members $26.95). CG-26802 (center) racing in Row-In, August 16, 1986

MONOMOY BOAT (CONTINUED) Restoration was completed this fall when the boat was fitted with an authentic sliding Gunter rig, as used by the Coast Guard. The boat has since been under sail several times on the Columbia. It is planned to use her for demonstrations, training, and to represent the Museum in races and special events. When not in active use, she will be moored next to the lightship, except during the winter, when the water there can become quite rough. The Museum, therefore, needs a boat trailer on which to keep the boat during the winter. Any member who has a serviceable trailer, suitable for a 26-foot boat, that is not really being used, is urged to consider donating it to the Museum. The standard Monomoy surfboat formerly used by the U.S. Coast Guard descended from boats evolved in the general area of Monomoy Island, Massachusetts for use from open beaches. Such craft were adopted at an early date for rescue work by the U.S . Lifesaving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the present Coast Guard. In its final form, the Monomoy boat was an open, carvel-planked, double-ended craft pulling six or eight oars and which was fitted with a centerboard and sliding Gunter rig for use under sail. With approximate dimensions of 26 feet in length and 7 feet in beam, an outfitted Monomoy weighed about 1,900 pounds and had a capacity of up to 14 men. Monomoys were formerly carried as lifeboats by all large cutters and formed part of the equipment of many lifesaving stations on shore, but they have all been replaced by motorboats. The cutter Dexter (WAVP-385), from which our boat came, was built during World War II as the U.S.S. Biscayne (AVP-11), a small Navy seaplane tender of the Barnegat class. After a couple of years service the Biscayne was refitted as an amphibious force flagship and reclassified AGC-18. She served in the invasions of Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, southern France, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. In 1946 the Navy transferred eighteen of the 311-foot seaplane tenders, including the Biscayne, to the Coast Guard, which utilized them initially as weather ships. They had balloon hangars and launching decks aft. In 1958 the Dexter (as she had been renamed) was designated by the Coast Guard as West Coast Training Ship. She was returned to the Navy in 1968 and expended as a target ship.

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SHIPWRECK LOCATED NEAR ILWACO May 3, 1830 . . . At 4. Saw a very great Swell & Broken water ahead, but thinking there was always broken water on the Bar, did not imagine there could be any danger, the Weather being so very fine. At 5 PM Struck on a Sand in the Entrance of the Columbia River and Carried away the Rudder, Broached to with her head to the Northward and the Vessel became unmanageable in the heavy Sea and Strong Flood tide. The Vessel Driving on to the Breakers very fast, we let go the anchor in 2½ fathoms. Striking very heavy. Got the boats out, Stove the water Casks upon Deck and Cleared away the Lumber. Vessel Still Striking very heavy, we hove a great part of the Cargo and Stores overboard to lighten her. At 9 PM, the Vessel Still Striking heavy and dreading the Indians and Expecting the Vessel to go to pieces during the Night, we agreed to abandon her and proceed in the Boats to Fort Vancouver . ..

So reads the ship's log concerning the wreck of the Hudson's Bay Company's brig Isabella while inbound to Fort Vancouver with a cargo of trade goods and supplies. An extract from the log was just received from the Hudson's Bay Company Archives in Winnipeg. On September 23rd, Daryl Hughes, a commercial fisherman from Chinook, Washington, came to the Museum to report the discovery of an old wreck in the general area of Ilwaco, Washington. His gillnets had begun snagging at this place, so he hired a professional diver to investigate. The diver found extensive wooden wreckage being uncovered by currents scouring the river's bed. A sample of timber several feet long was brought up, which Hughes showed to the Curator. The timber appeared very old and had been fastened to other timbers with treenails (shipwright's terminology for dowels or wooden pegs). The tip of the timber was eroded, rotten, and covered with barnacles where it had long been protruding from the sand. But most of the timber was relatively sound wood with little barnacle growth, demonstrating that it had been buried in the bottom until recently uncovered by some change in the local currents. As a professional fisherman, Hughes has a very detailed local knowledge of the river. Based on this knowledge, plus the apparent age of the wood, Hughes stated his belief that the wreck might be that of the Isabella. Everything found since then has tended to confirm his opinion, although the evidence is still insufficient to consider the matter proved. Museum Curator Larry Gilmore has a longstanding interest in archaeology and is acquainted with a number of archaeologists and divers. Therefore, he took the initiative in organizing an investigation of the wreck and registering the site with state authorities. Two amateur divers with archaeological interests were recruited as volunteers to explore the remains: Lt. Michael Monteith, commanding officer of the Cape Disappointment Coast Guard Station, and James Seeley White, a freelance writer and state employee from Portland. They have dived on the wreck several times (as often as weather and work schedules permitted) . Craig Sempert, David Benoit, and Robert Herrick have also assisted in diving operations. Dave Brauner, a professional land archaeologist from Oregon State

University who specializes in the fur trade era, is also collaborating with the Museum on the project. Although the wreck is not in very deep water, diving conditions are far from easy. Underwater visibility is seldom more than a couple of feet. Currents in the area can reach nearly six knots, so diving can only be done at slack tide. And the wreck is draped in old gillnets that have snagged on it. Nevertheless, the divers have slowly built up a fair impression of the extent and nature of the remains. About 70 feet of massively framed wooden wreckage is currently exposed. The wreck has been broken up by wave action and collapsed, but much of the timber remains remarkably sound. Remains of one side, extending to upper deck level and including several apparent gunports, are visible. There are indications that much of the other side is still buried in the sand. It seems likely that the wreck is resting on its port side with the bow sticking down into the bottom. The vessel seems to have been fastened together almost entirely with wooden treenails. This feature, plus the presence of gunports, indicates a vessel of considerable age. A pair of iron bollards (for belaying mooring lines) are still mounted on a section of deck. Few other fittings and no cargo remains have been located so far, but the hold area would lie under the visible wreckage and still buried in the sand. Nothing that has been found so far would be inconsistent with what is presently known about the Isabella. She was a wooden brig of 195 tons, recorded as being uncommonly strongly built. The extent and dimensions of the wreckage would accord well with a vessel of that size and character. The manner of construction, gunports, and cast iron bollards are all features consistent with a date of 1830. The location of the wreck agrees very well with that recorded in letters by Dr. John McLoughlin, Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia Department, with his headquarters at Fort Vancouver. The scarcity of fittings on the wreck would not be surprising, since the fur company's men salvaged much of the cargo, stores, and rigging during the three weeks immediately following the Isabella's stranding, while other items had been thrown overboard to lighten the ship when she first went aground. The Isabella was only the second recorded wreck at the mouth of the Columbia. The first occurred just the previous year, when the William & Ann, another Hudson's Bay Co. brig, was driven onto Clatsop Spit with the loss of her entire crew (the Clatsop Indians were unjustly accused of murdering them) . The Isabella was purchased for 2,900 pounds from Gilmour and Richardson to replace the William & Ann. She sailed from Blackwall, England for the Columbia on October 30, 1829, commanded by Captain William Ryan . The crew consisted of two mates, a surgeon, eleven sailors, and a boy; some Kanakas were added during a stop at Oahu. According to John McLoughlin, the Isabella was wrecked because Captain Ryan mistook Chinook Point for Cape Disappointment and missed the channel. McLoughlin also thought that the brig could have been saved, if the crew had not abandoned her so hastily. If they had remained aboard, they could


have slipped the anchor cable when the tide turned, and she would have drifted into smooth water . But the crew had heard the false rumors about the massacre of the William & Ann's men by the Clatsops and wanted to get away from the area quickly. After they left, the anchor cable snapped, and the Isabella was driven hard aground amid the shoals on the north side of the river, where the breakers soon damaged her beyond hope of saving.

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Documentary research on the wreck will continue through the winter. Meanwhile, the divers will take advantage of any periods of suitable weather to conduct further exploration and collect small samples of wood and metal for scientific analysis that may help to confirm the age and place of origin of the vessel. Next summer, when underwater visibility is better, a more systematic measurement and mapping of the wreck will be conducted. The Ilwaco Heritage Foundation and the National Park Service have both expressed interest in participating in the project. A full scale archaeological excavation may eventually be undertaken if continuing investigation confirms the wreck' s identity and shows that such excavation would be likely to produce significant scholarly results. It could be a great boon to dating and identification of artifacts found at land sites, if an appreciable portion of the Indian trade goods remain in the wreck. Any such excavation would require the supervision of a professional expert in underwater archaeology. Meanwhile, the Curator of the Museum continues to serve as coordinator of the effort.

Overhead view of the visible wreck remains from a sketch by Lt. Monteith

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Lightship Columbia (WL V-604)

W7BU CALLING Over 4,000 contacts have been made, reaching every state in the union, 48 foreign countries, and many vessels at sea, since amateur radio station W7BU went on the air from our lightship Columbia. Ed Aho approached the Museum in 1981 on behalf of the Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club about the possibility of establishing this station. Our staff readily agreed, recognizing the desirability of having some live demonstration aboard the ship for the benefit of our visitors . Furthermore, the Radio Club's operators committed themselves to transmitting information about the Museum, so far as permitted by ham license regulations, which prohibit advertising. The Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club installed its own shortwave equipment in the Columbia's radio room and formally went on the air May 11, 1982, the date we opened our new building. During previous testing of equipment, the very first contact reached a sailboat on San Francisco Bay. Among the subsequent contacts have been some former members of the lightship's crew. The volunteer operators man the station on weekends, for certain special occasions, and generally when-

LARRY GILMORE, EDITOR

COLUMBIA RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM 1792 MARINE DRIVE ASTORIA, OREGON 97103

ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED

ISSN 0891-2661

ever their schedules permit. Ed Aho continues to act as the Radio Club's liaison to the Museum. It is customary for ham radio operators to request an exchange of QSL cards, which list the name, address, and call sign of new contacts. Those sent out from station W7BU are in the form of a postcard with a color photograph of the Columbia and information on her history and the Museum. The Radio Club has also helped the Greater Astoria Area Chamber of Commerce to distribute information. As a result of these efforts, a considerable number of ham radio enlhusiasls from elsewhere have visited Astoria. No doubt Mr. Per Lomeland from Alta, Norway, located 300 miles above the Arctic Circle, came furthest! When other licensed ham operators visit the lightship, the Radio Club permits them to transmit from their station. The Museum certainly appreciates the fine support and cooperation it has received from the Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club-and we wish them continued success!

Non-Profit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Astoria, Oregon Permit No. 209


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