Zenobia (1837 ship)

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Career (United States)
Name: Zenobia
Owner: Daniel Pinckney Parker, Boston
Builder: J. Stetson, Medford, MA
Launched: 1836
Status: Wrecked off the entrance to San Francisco, CA, April 20, 1858
General characteristics
Class and type: Full rigged ship
Tons burthen: 630 tons [1]

The Zenobia was an 1837 full rigged ship built in Medford, MA. She was known for transporting a cargo of ice from Sitka, Alaska to San Francisco.

Voyages under Capt. Lovejoy[edit]

Capt. H.B. Lovejoy, mate of the Zenobia, was for many years a well known pilot on Puget Sound. He was born in Maine in 1805, spent the early part of his life after leaving home in the Navy, and came to the Pacific Coast in 1849. After a short stay in the mines he began sailing out of San Francisco to southern ports. He was for several years master of the bark Chalcedony, a famous northern trader in her day, and in 1858 was in the service of the Russian American Trading Company, running between San Francisco and Alaska on the ship Zenobia. He continued in this service until the vessel was wrecked near San Francisco, when he went to Puget Sound and commenced piloting and steamboating. He died at Coupeville, July 6, 1872.

Loss of the ship[edit]

The ship Zenobia, which had been sailing between Alaska and San Francisco in the service of the Russian-American Ice Company for several years, was lost off Point Bonita on April 20, 1858, while attempting to sail into the entrance to San Francisco without a pilot. She was in command of Captain Tilden, was deeply loaded with ice and struck a rock with such force that she became a complete wreck.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Gleason, Hall (1937). Old Ships and Ship-Building Days of Medford. Medford, MA: J.C. Miller. p. 62. 
  2. ^ Wright, E.W. (1895). Lewis & Dryden's marine history of the Pacific Northwest: an illustrated review of the growth and development of the maritime industry, from the advent of the earliest navigators to the present time, with sketches and portraits of a number of well known marine men. Portland, OR: Lewis & Dryden Print. Co. p. 78.