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SS Tilamook Lost

December 30, 1900, The New York Times, , New York, New York, USA

MAIL STEAMER LOST.

The Tilamook of San Francisco Believed to Have Gone Down.

CHICAGO, Dec. 20. A dispatch from Seattle, Washington, says: The steamers Bertha and Dolphin arrived from Southwestern Alaska last night with news tending to sustain the belief that the United States mail steamer Tilamook of San Francisco, so long overdue from Dutch Harbor, is lost, and information to the effect that the steamer City of Topeka, which piled up on the rocks of Sullivan Island, Lynn Canal, three weeks ago, will be floated and saved.


The eighty years spanning the California gold rush to the start of the Great Depression saw thousands of passengers and crews perish in Pacific steamship wrecks.

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  • 1854: the Yankee Blade runs aground off Point Arguello, California.Twenty-eight passengers lose their lives.
  • In 1865, only 19 of the 204 passengers and crew on board survived the wreck of the Brother Jonathan, whose owners had been more concerned with maximum profitability than with the safety of their passengers.
  • 1875: The old side-wheeler Pacific rams another passenger ship off the coast of Cape Flattery, Washington. Two hundred and seventy-seven people perish when her rotting hull gives way.
  • 1906: The Valencia strikes a reef off the Washington coastline. Before dozens of dazed onlookers on the shore, the ship goes down, taking 117 passengers and crew with her.
  • 1907: The Columbia disappeared under the ocean surface in just eight minutes after ramming another passenger ship, her poorly maintained iron hull simply gave out, leading to the deaths of 87 passengers.

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