|LYDIA THOMPSON |
on Shag Rock off Orcas Island, WA.
15 December 1898.
Original antique photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©
She left East Sound on her regular time and was running at full speed when she struck on the north end of Shag Rock reef and held there fast. The tide was full at the time and she ran onto the rock some twenty-five feet before she came to a stop, and all efforts to get her off with her own steam proved fruitless. Pilot Millard Hutchinson, who was on watch, seeing his danger gave her all the wheel he could and the backing bells, but too late to avoid the trouble. With the ebbing of the tide the stern of the steamer settled down on the rock, and on the next flood, refusing to lift, her hold and after cabins filled with water. When the writer saw her she was lying at an angle of about 45 degrees and was somewhat listed to port, her bow about 25-ft out of water and pointing toward the shore, and about 40-ft of her stern under water, her galley, dining room, smoking room and part of the ladies cabin being completely submerged.
|Crew of LYDIA THOMPSON |
ashore at "Guthrie Cabin", Orcas Island, WA. Dec. 1898
Original antique photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
Crew names by William P. Thornton (back row, far right) coming soon.
Above text from The San Juan Islander, 22 Dec. 1898. Typed verbatim.
The LYDIA was not severely damaged. She was pulled free on 27 December and taken to Seattle where she was placed in drydock. She went out of service in 1936 as tug MONITOR.