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The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster

 
 
The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 13, 2013
1. The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker
Inscription. Beginning in the 1840s, the dock at Alviso served as Santa Clara County’s access to the San Francisco Bay. From this port, passengers boarded steamboats loaded with goods and produce bound for San Francisco and points beyond. In the early days of the California gold rush San Jose provided hay, lumber and large amounts of food through this port.

During the height of its shipping activity, Alviso experienced a devastating maritime disaster. On the eleventh of April in 1852, the steamer Jenny Lind left Alviso bound for San Francisco. Midway through the voyage, steam trapped by a torn boiler pipe exploded outward through the ship’s furnace, scalding those who were in its path. Residents of San Jose were stunned, as many of those killed had been leaders in their community, and the incident is still remembered as a major tragedy.

Soon after, business at the Port of Alviso began to suffer. The completion of the San Francisco – San Jose Railroad in 1864 diverted most of the passenger traffic from Alviso and hastened the port’s decline. Although Alviso’s commercial prominence faded, its past is forever linked to the history of the ill-fated steamer, Jenny Lind.
The following are known to have perished in the Jenny Lind disaster
A Baudichon, age 35 • Athalie Baudichon, age 32 • Blanche Baudichon,
The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 13, 2013
2. The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker
age 1 • Charlers Baudichon, age 5 • Adolf Behn, age 5 • CE Adolf Bahn, age 39 • William Bell, age 24 • Franklin W Bosworth, age 26 • John S Bradbury, age 29 • John Brady, age 25 • Mr. Capentier, age 46 • SF Drake, age 29 • Rosilla Emerson, age 32 • Thomas Godden, age 26 • Jonas Hawkins, age 30 • Jacob D Hoppe, age 37 • Thomas J Kell, age 23 • Francis H Macabee, age 27 • Bernard Murphy, age 35• Mrs. Sarah Ann Paige, age 34 • Sarah Anna Paige, age 8 • Annie F Ripley, age 6 Charles E Ripley, age 8 • Mary Burtios Turk Ripley, age 30 • Noah Ripley, age 50 • Sarah F Ripley, age 9 • Christopher A. Shelton, age 27 • Jeremiah Van Buren, age 26 • Jane B Winlack, age 15 • Caleb Winsor, age 30 • Charles White, age 45 • Roswell A Wyman, age 36
and others whose names shall never be known.

They were lost to the tragedy, may they never be lost to history.

Dedicated in 2013 on the one hundred and sixtieth anniversary of the disaster by

Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850, E Clampus Vitus • South Bay Yacht Club • California Pioneers of Santa Clara County • Native Daughters of the Golden West, Vendome Parlor No. 100 • Free and Accepted Masons, San Jose Lodge No. 10 • Argonauts Historical Society • Native Sons of the Golden West, Observatory Parlor No. 177 • Yerba Buena Chapter 1, E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 2013 by ECV-Mountain
The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker, Prior to Dedication image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 13, 2013
3. The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker, Prior to Dedication
Charlie Chapter 1850 & Yerba Buena Chapter #1, South Bay Yacht Club, NSGW/NDGW, Ca. Pioneers of Santa Clara Co., Masonic Lodge #10, & Argonauts Hist. Soc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 37° 25.8′ N, 121° 58.813′ W. Marker is in Alviso, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Hope Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alviso CA 95002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Everywhere (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Alviso’s Rich History (within shouting distance of this marker); The Port and Town of Alviso (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Salt Ponds (about 500 feet away); Location, Location, Location (about 700 feet away); Bayside Cannery (about 700 feet away); China Camp (about 700 feet away); Union Warehouse and Docks (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alviso.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the west end of the Alviso Marina County Park parking lot at the end of Hope Street.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Steamboat Jenny Lind.
Unveiling The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 13, 2013
4. Unveiling The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker
This site is still being developed. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Alviso history - Neighborhoods of San Jose. In the mid 19th century Alviso served as the Port of San José and the transportation hub for the Santa Clara Valley. With access to the San Francisco Bay, steamboats traveled regularly between San Francisco and Alviso. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
Dedication of The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 13, 2013
5. Dedication of The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Marker
Keynote speech by Claire Britton-Warren.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 576 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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