Life-Line (mission boat)
Life-Line, probably in Coos Bay
|Launched:||1914, Coos Bay|
|Fate:||Sunk June 5, 1923 off Oregon coast; no casualties|
|Length:||40.0 ft (12.19 m)|
|Installed power:||Gasoline engine, 24 horsepower|
Life-Line was designed by George H. Hitchings and built at Coos Bay for Reverend G. L. Hall of the American Baptist Publication Society. The vessel was 40.0 feet (12.19 m) long, propeller-driven, with a 24 horsepower gasoline engine.
Once complete, "this little ship, under zealot Captain Lund, ran up and down the coast for the Baptist Missionary Society, saving the souls of erring seamen and longshoremen alike."
On May 26, 1923, Life-Line was being taken north from Coos Bay to Kelso, Washington, under command of Captain Lund who was operating the vessel with a deckhand. Life-Line foundered off the coast, just south of Neahkahnie, and Captain Lund and the deckhand swam to shore. The vessel washed ashore and was later covered by the sand, where it was forgotten until 1949, when a bulldozer uncovered the wreck.
- Newell, Gordon, ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, Superior Publishing, Seattle 1966, at pages 244, 343, and 344.
- Marshall, Don, Oregon Shipwrecks, Binford & Mort Publishing, Portland, Oregon 1984 ISBN 0-8323-0430-1, at page 97.
- "Boat Goes on Rocks; Two Swim to Shore". Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). 28 May 1923. p. 1.