The Sinking of the Dalles City at Curtis Landing - 1906


The Sinking of the Dalles City at Curtis Landing - Vail

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This photo of the partially submerged "Dalles City" was taken on February 8, 1906, the day the sternwheeler hit a rock in the Columbia River and sank. Amateur photographer Willis Vail was in the vicinity working for the railroad, and was able to capture the scene on a glass negative as it happened. The ship's pilot realized the ship was sinking and ran it aground in shallow water. All 50 passengers escaped safely.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0783
Photographer Willis W. Vail
Location Columbia River, Hood River County
Subject Rivers and Streams, Ships and Boats
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 5.2 x 7.5 inches
Photographer's Number Number 1378