Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum

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Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum
Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum.jpg
Location 77 Cookhouse Rd
Samoa, California, United States
Coordinates 40°49′12.37″N 124°10′53.8″W / 40.8201028°N 124.181611°W / 40.8201028; -124.181611
Type Maritime museum

The Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum is located in Samoa, California, a small town across Humboldt Bay from Eureka. The focus of the museum is the preservation and interpretation of its collection of artifacts, photographs, library archives and materials which relate principally to the maritime history of California's North Coast. The current public facility is located in what was the head cook's house next to the Samoa Cookhouse and was founded in 1977.[1]

A cornerstone of the Museum collection is its excursion boat, the MV Madaket.[2] The 1910 ferry was originally built on Humboldt Bay with five other similar boats designed to transport Eureka's mill workers to and from lumber operations across Humboldt Bay.[3] Originally christened the "Nellie C" after a member of the Cousins family which built her, she served as a ferry boat from Table Bluff, Fields Landing, Eureka, Samoa and Arcata until 1972 when she was the last to be put out of daily use due to construction of the Samoa Bridge which made the commute faster by car.[3] Now rebuilt and also the oldest operating passenger vessel in the nation still providing passenger service,[1][3] she provides visitors the opportunity to see Eureka and the port from her decks, while experiencing a narrative of the history of the port and city and the founding and fortune of both [2] and visiting her onboard tavern, the smallest licensed bar in California.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Bullwinkel, Mary (12 December 2012). "Southern Humboldt wine event raises money for Humboldt County Historical Society". Humboldt Beacon. Retrieved 13 January 13.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Upshaw, Deborah (June 1995). "History: Bay ambassador turns 85". North Coast Journal. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Planwest Partners Inc; The Cultural Resources Facility Center for Indian Community Development, Humboldt State University (October 2008). Humboldt Bay Historical and Cultural Resource Characterization and Roundtable (PDF). NOAA Coastal Services Center. 

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