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MADAKET was not always named Madaket.....
...In 1931, the fleet was sold to Walter C. Coggeshall and Nellie C. was renamed Madaket after an Indian
name from the East Coast's Nantucket Island. Madaket is the last remaining vessel of a seven vessel fleet
that once transported families and workers around Humboldt Bay. Amongst these workers were hundreds
of mill workers and longshoremen employed by timber companies such as Hammond Lumber Company,
Dolbeer-Carson, Simpson, Georgia Pacific and others of the era. The ferries (known locally as Launches)
would operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, each carrying no less than 1,500 people a day around the
shore. They were a vital link to the early day economics. The completion of the Samoa bridge in 1971 put
the ferry service out of business and gave new life to Madaket as the Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise Flag
Boat and ambassador of Humboldt Bay. Built in 1909, launched in 1910 and refurbished in 1989, she is a
reminder of our bays maritime past preserved for the future and has become a vital part of the local
heritage tourist industry. The Motor Vessel MADAKET is one of 700 historic vessels registered in the United
States. She was built for the shallow waters of Humboldt Bay at Fairhaven Ca, in 1909, by shipwright
McDonald. 47.5 feet in length, 12 foot at the beam and draws a mere 3.75 feet. Launched onto its placid
waters on June 6th 1910, She is the oldest passenger carrying vessel in continuous service in the United
States and boasts the smallest licensed bar in California.
|Boarding and tickets at the Foot of "C" Street
(707) 445-1910 Madaket Plaza, Eureka, Ca.