• Created Date
  • 1906
  • Description
  • The iron steamer VALENCIA was built in 1882 at the Cramp yard. She was temporarily diverted from Alaska service to replace the CITY OF PUEBLO on the San Francisco - Puget Sound run and, on January 21, 1906, left San Francisco with 164 passengers and crew. Dense fog was encountered all the way up the coast, and an unusually heavy northerly drift prevaled along the coast. By late on the night of the 23rd, the steamer was many miles off her cours... more
    The iron steamer VALENCIA was built in 1882 at the Cramp yard. She was temporarily diverted from Alaska service to replace the CITY OF PUEBLO on the San Francisco - Puget Sound run and, on January 21, 1906, left San Francisco with 164 passengers and crew. Dense fog was encountered all the way up the coast, and an unusually heavy northerly drift prevaled along the coast. By late on the night of the 23rd, the steamer was many miles off her course and, at midnight she crashed on the rocks ten miles east of Cape Beale on the coast of Vancouver Island. A precipitous cliff rose above the reef upon which she impaled herself, and a rising southeast gale swept heavy seas across her decks. There was no way to escape the fast disintegrating wreck except by the life rafts, most of the boats being dashed to pieces as soon as they were launched. Outlying reefs and shoals made it impossible for other vessels to approach the wreck from seaward, particularly in the face of the storm, which... less
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    Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600XL at 100 dpi in JPEG format at compression rate 3 and resized to 768x512 ppi. 2001