Morning Star Shipwreck

The Morning Star was a wooden trading schooner of 30 tons, launched at Tillamook, Oregon, in 1855.  She was 38 feet long, 14 feet in breadth, and 5 feet 8 inches deep in the hold.  her builders, C.W. Hendrikson, Oved Thomas and Peter Morgan, each owned a one-third interest in her.

On the evening of November 12, 1860, the Morning Star, while enroute from Nanaimo to Esquimalt with a load of coal, was driven ashore on Discovery Island by a heavy southeast gale.  All hands, including Captain Spring, his wife and son, reached shore in a small boat.  Soon after the schooner was beaten to pieces by the heavy seas.  The vessel and her cargo of coal were valued at $3,200

On December 28, 1860 the wreck, with its anchors and chains, was auctioned by J.A. McRae on an “as is, where is” basis.  Her location was describe as being “one mile this side of Cedar Hill”.  No record of her salvage was found.

For more information on the Gulf Streams and other shipwrecks on the Sunshine Coast, go to: UASBC.Com. You can order the publication Historic Shipwrecks of the of the Sunshine Coast from the Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia publications.

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