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Classification Ships
Object ID 1973-182-1124-19
Object Name Print, Photographic
Collection Photo Archives
Caption The Maru on Big River
Description The Maru No. 2 on Big River.
The first Maru was built by John Peterson. He named it the "Maru" after seeing the word on Japanese boats thinking it was a pretty name. The Japanese word, maru, meaning "circle", is often attached to Japanese ship names.
The Maru's job was to bring rafts of logs to the mill from the boom. On social occasions in summer, picnickers would ride the Maru up the river, courtesy of the lumber company. Perley Maxwell is the crewman on the left.
Date c.1908
Print size 22 cm x 14 cm
Credit line Alice Earl Wilder Collection
Subjects Logging
People Peterson, John Frederick, 1846 - 1933
Maxwell, Perley, 1869 - 1931
Related Publications Mendocino Historical Review Vol. 1, No. 1 Winter 1973 p. 18 - 19
Mendocino Beacon, November 14, 1908
Time - Life, "The Loggers" p.107