Maggie Ross emerges from the Sands of Russian Gulch, California

Author(s): Denise Jaffke; John Herrald

Year: 2018


On June 7, 2017, a diver from the U.C. Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory found a bow section of the Maggie Ross, a steam schooner that wrecked off the coast of Russian Gulch in August, 1892. The schooner was headed north from San Francisco when it struck a submerged rock near the former Russian outpost of Fort Ross. The captain was able to beach the foundering vessel at the nearest "doghole" port. This event was only the last of what was a tumultuous career for the ship. This paper will examine the misfortunes of the Maggie Ross, challenging conditions of the north coast lumber trade, and site formation processes that buried and then re-exposed the wreck.

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Maggie Ross emerges from the Sands of Russian Gulch, California. Denise Jaffke, John Herrald. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441532)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 717