Samoa in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum
Ahoy! Step inside and experience the
fascinating stories of Humboldt Bay
A group of local seafarers established the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum in 1977 so residents and visitors could experience the fascinating stories of Humboldt Bay for themselves. Much of the collection you will see today was donated by William Zerlang, whose family dropped anchor in this area in 1872.
You can join Humboldt Bay's maritime heritage by becoming a member of the museum. Docent led tours are available. Please see a crewmember for more information.
Preserving Humboldt Bay's Maritime Culture Through Education and Understanding
Location. 40° 49.204′ N, 124° 10.898′ W. Marker is in Samoa, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is on Cookhouse Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Although the address of the museum is on Cookhouse Road, this marker is in the parking lot of the Samoa Cookhouse on North Bay View Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 77 Cookhouse Road, Samoa CA 95564, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samoa Cookhouse Circa 1893 (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian/Gunther Island Site 67 (Tolowot) Eagle House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Buhne General Store (approx. 1.3 miles away); E. Janssen Building (approx. 1.3 miles away); The former Fairwind (approx. 1.3 miles away); Weaver Building (approx. 1.3 miles away); Metropole Hotel (approx. 1.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum. (Submitted on March 22, 2015, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. Humboldt Bay Maritime History. "...Many shipwrecks occurred off the often fogbound and rugged coast of Humboldt County. A state shipwreck database lists over 350 vessels that were wrecked, foundered, stranded, heavily damaged, or in collisions between the 1850s and the 1950s in Humboldt, Del Norte, and Mendocino Counties..." (Submitted on March 23, 2015, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. Historic Humboldt Bay. "...Humboldt Bay was finally "discovered" in 1806 by an exploration party from the O'Cain - a vessel jointly commissioned by the Winship brothers from Boston and the Russian-American Fur Company. However, the O'Cain's mission to hunt sea otters soon ended and the ship sailed
The search for Humboldt Bay was renewed during the early years of the California Gold Rush. The discovery of gold in the Trinity region of Northern California in 1848 caused a population explosion in Humboldt County. The explorers, traders and trappers, who had come seeking adventure and wealth, now gave way to miners seeking gold and settlers anxious to claim the rich farmlands. Companies that supplied interior mining settlements began looking for coastal supply ports as alternatives to the slow and expensive overland Sacramento Valley route then in use..." (Submitted on March 23, 2015, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
4. Discovery of Humboldt Bay, California - 1806. From the Fort Ross Conservancy.
This is in PDF format. (Submitted on March 23, 2015, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
Categories. • Education • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2015, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 22, 2015, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.