The Wreck of the Mary D. Hume
An expousre of over 3 1/2 minutes smoothes out the waters of Gold Beach in the small harbor where "Jerry's Rouge Jets" begins their boating tours of the Rouge River. A simple headlamp was used to light up the side of the remains of the Mary D. Hume ship. The vessel was built in Gold Beach, Oregon in 1881. She hauled cargo between Gold Beach and San Francisco for ten years, then used as a whaling vessel, and later an ocean tugboat. The Mary D. Hume was returned to Gold Beach in 1978 with the record for most years in service of any boat on the West Coast. Now she sits only a few hundred yards from where she was constructed, slowly sinking into the mud. The Patterson Bridge and Highway 101 appear in the background. The long exposure shows streaks of light across the length of the bridge where cars and a large truck and trailer passed over the river.