Mary D. Hume in Gold Beach

Mary D. Hume in Gold Beach, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

It couldn’t help but catch my eye as we drove over the Rogue River and into Gold Beach, Oregon. A ragged old ship – covered in green moss – anchored firmly in the sand. It was a photograph ready to happen.

The Mary D. Hume was built in 1881 by R.D. Hume for his Gold Beach cannery, christening it in honor of his wife, Mary. It served many owners through nearly a full century of seagoing before being retired in 1978.

Today, it rests silently in the Rogue River, anchored firmly in the beach and appearing in totality at low tide.

As a photographic object, there are few rivals. It’s brilliant color and near perfect angle for early morning sunlight make it a perfect model.

This image was made with a Nikon D-300, fitted with my favorite Nikkor 10-24 mm lens. And thanks for the clouds for making the perfect backdrop. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly Photo

Mary D. Hume was build in 1881 by R.D. Hume for his Cannery in Gold Beach. He named the ship after his wife. Over the years, different owners reconstructed it and it has been used for many purposes around Gold Beach on the Oregon Coast. Back in the 1970s it even had the title as the oldest serving commercial vessel.

When good old Mary D. Hume retired in 1978, they tried to make her into a museum ship with no luck.