Washington company discovers 150-year-old shipwreck

In November 1875, the steamship SS Pacific was traveling from Seattle to San Francisco when it collided with another ship. It is believed that 325 people have died.

NEAH BAY, Wash. – A Washington salvage company has found the wreckage of one of the deadliest maritime disasters in Northwest history off Cape Flattery near Neah Bay.

Sonar images are unmistakable to the trained eye. They show a shipwreck more than 1,000 feet deep off the coast of Washington.

In November 1875, the steamship SS Pacific was sailing from Seattle to San Francisco when it collided with a large sailboat in the dark.

“It’s having a big impact on the Northwest. It’s the first train to carry passengers on a regular schedule between Seattle and San Francisco.”

Current estimates put the passenger count at 325, but probably more. Only two people survived.

Also on board were tons of oats and hops, hides, 230 tons of coal and a considerable amount of gold.

Jeff Hummel has been exploring the Northwest Sea since the 80s and his love of history prompted him to search the Pacific Ocean. It was an effort that began in 1993 and was restarted in 2017, after years of painstaking research.

“Finally, I found a commercial fisherman who brought in some old coal and only under strange circumstances he still had this piece of coal and so I was able to bring it to a local,” says Hummel. laboratory in Alberta for chemical analysis.

It was a battle with the ship and he and his party began to close in. Twelve missions later, they identified the wreck. Initially, they found two circular depressions that turned out to be special reels from the Pacific Ocean.

“They fell off the ship when it broke near the surface and they were a few hundred meters from the actual wreck.”

“It was one of those moments that really realized we had actually found the ship.”

Having just received legal documents granting his team exclusive rescue rights, Hummel can now breathe a sigh of relief as he prepares for the next phase of recovery and preservation.

“The state of preservation of this wreck is on par with any of the largest shipwrecks found in the world.”

Hummel said the plan is to build a local museum to display ship parts and some personal items that will tell the stories of those on board.

Recovery and preservation efforts are expected to take several years.

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Edmund DeMarche

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