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Classification Ships
Object ID 1995-001-511
Object Name Print, Photographic
Collection Photo Archives
Caption George W. Elder and the San Pedro
Description The George W. Elder towing the steamer San Pedro to shore after colliding with the Columbia.
On July 21, 1907, the steamer San Pedro drove full speed into the stem of the steamer Columbia, bound from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon. The collision tore a gash seven feet across in her side causing her to sink within eight minutes near Shelter Cove, Humboldt County. 245 people were on the Columbia with 88 lives lost. The San Pedro sustained limited damage and suffered no loss of life. The steamer, Georger W. Elder, came to rescue, fastened a line to the San Pedro and towed her to shore. The Columbia was blamed for the collision.
Date 1907
Print size 18 cm x 13 cm
Credit line Emery Escola Collection
Search Terms Humboldt County, California
Subjects Shipwrecks
Ships