National Park Service Turns To Forest Service For Help Restoring 19th-Century Schooner

The National Parks Traveler
February 26, 2024
Category: Forest History & Archives
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCOWhen it came time to restore a late-19th century schooner at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the National Park Service placed a call to the U.S. Forest Service. The ship is the C.A. Thayer, a vessel that first launched in 1895… was used to carry lumber from the Puget Sound into San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Australia. The wooden-hulled, three-mast schooner is routinely restored as part of preventive maintenance, but finding the right size and dimensions for lumber can prove challenging and costly. …Through a Federal Free to Use request the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest was able to donate the trees for the ship’s restoration. …The Cedar and Douglas Fir were felled after it was concluded that the trees were a hazard in the campground due to root rot. Their time on the forest might have been coming to an end, but a second life was waiting.

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