Sinking of the Salem at 4th St. Dock, Oregon City - 1892


Sinking of the Salem at 4th St. Dock, Oregon City

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This crisp photo shows the docks, a sternwheeler, paper mills on the west side of the river, and the results of an early mishap caused by venturing too close to Willamette Falls. As reported in the Eugene Register-Guard of January 7, 1892, the ship was caught by the current, carried to the rocks, and would have sunk there except for quick action by the crew of the Bentley, who managed to tow the Salem to the brick mill dock, where she did sink in ten feet of water. Estimates were that three thousand dollars would be required for repairs.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon from the original negative, courtesy of the Clackamas County Historical Society.

Additional Information

Item Number CC0083
Photographer Unknown
Location Oregon City, West Linn, Willamette Falls, Clackamas County
Subject Docks and Harbors, Mills and Factory Buildings, Ships and Boats
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 4.7 x 7.6 inches
Photographer's Number Number 201