We've seen these icebound steamers before here and here, but this image gives a better perspective of where they are hunkering down waiting for a thaw. The steamers are the Capital City and the Joseph Kellogg. This is from January 1907, and the photographer is W.D. Rogers. He did a set of stereocards of this event which he pasted over cards preprinted "Mt. Hood from Lost Lake."
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The Joseph Kellogg, had a very interesting life time from 1881-1929 from hauling smelt on the Cowlitz to wheat from The Dalles area. It was owned by Kellogg Transportation Company of which Joseph Kellogg was the founder. It was quite modern for its time with 16 staterooms and also a ladies cabin. It did sink a few times but was easily refloated. In 1921 it was sold to the Harkin Company and they renamed it the Madeline and ran it until 1929.
I have seen another photo of this taken head on looking from the front of them towards Stanley Rock and tucked in between them is a little steamer boat called the Maja.
I wonder if they tucked themselves in behind the rock to avoid some of the fierce east wind that could whip down through there?
I also noticed only a very few buildings over there on the Bingen side of the river.
Charlott on 16th January 2018 @ 7:16am
Capital City was a member originally of what was known as the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. That was a group of private transportation companies running smaller passenger and friend boats. It was originally named Dalton, after a Jack Dalton who was an early Alaskan packer, when it was built by Hall in 1898 and owned by Canadian Pacific Railway. It went through a number of owners before it was dismantled in 1918.
Charlott on 16th January 2018 @ 7:23am
Is this where the water line mark for the 1894 flood is located?
I spy footprints in the snow.
L.E. on 16th January 2018 @ 7:32am
Yes, the marker indicating 1894 water level is on the rock just astern of the ships.
I've been walking my dog along the river in the recent east winds and can only imagine how brutal it must have been to be stuck here, and how fortunate they were to have at least a little shelter from the wind.
Arthur on 16th January 2018 @ 9:19am
Does not getting frozen in create problems for the ice crushing the structure?
nels on 16th January 2018 @ 9:54am
Yes nels, ice will crush the hull of a normal ship. Modern day ships use a bubbler to keep the hull free from the ice. I suspect someone had the job of breaking the ice around the perimeter with an ax every day.
Arthur on 16th January 2018 @ 11:16am
Depends on how thick the ice too, of course. We've had the marina iced over such that we have pix of a few of us out walking around on it. Four or so inches as I recall. No damage, except for one sailor, who shall remain unnamed, (and no, it wasn't me!), who took an ax to the ice around his hull, but also found his foot! Ouch!
spinsur on 16th January 2018 @ 11:57am