Check out our previous entries: PORT GAMBLE HISTORY and HISTORIC PORT GAMBLE featuring our walk through the town and the history posted around town.
The Port Gamble Museum is located down the hill in the basement area of the General Store & Cafe. It was extremely interesting for me because in my hometown (Eau Claire, WI) ... there is a Pope & Talbot (or at least that's what it was when I was growing up, it's still there - but it was bought out.) ... anyway - so I had no idea that Pope & Talbot had originated here. It was interesting to me ...
CLIMBING IRONS - These sturdy irons fit under the foot of the logger and were strapped to the leg at the ankle and below the knee. Equipped with sharp spurs, the climbing iron aided the logger in climbing a tree.
Like most mariners of the period, the captain's cabin contained an unusual array of tools, bedding, clothing, utensils, and furniture. Greatly important was the ship's sextant for determining direction by shooting the sun and stars, as was the teltale compass positioned above the Captain's bunk.
It was Captain Talbot along with Cyrus Walker, another down-Easterner, who built the first sawmill at Port Gamble in 1853.
In addition, the ORIENTAL carried tools, foodstuffs, and items suitable for trading with the local Indians.
The large basket was the principal means of transporting cargo from the ship's hold to shore.
Gustave Englebrecht, coxswain aboard the U.S. Steamer Massachusetts, was fatally wounded by a northern Indian iron slug during a major Indian uprising on November 21, 2856. His grave is located in the Port Gamble cemetery.
The howitzer ball was given to Henry Cotter, a mill tallyman by an Indian from the Little Boston community in 1910. The Indian was chopping firewood from a cedar log when the ball rolled out of a split piece of wood.
LOG OF THE U.S. STEAMER "MASSACHUSETTS" - PORT GAMBLE - NOVEMBER 21, 1856
Commences with and until 4 (AM) calm, and overcast. Later part, fresh North winds, clear and pleasant. Signed G. Howard. Act-g. M. Mate
From 4 to 8, fresh N.W. winds, clear and pleasant weather. At 6 hr. 40 m. Lieut. Stemmes, left the ship in the 1st Cutter, with the crew armed, for the Steamer "Traveller". At 7 hr 10 m an armed force, composed of 39 sailrs and Marines from the "Traveller" with the Launche's Howitzer landed under the command of Lieut. Stemmer, accompanied by Lieut. Forrest and Mr. Fendall, Commander Clerk. Act. M. Mate J.C. Cumin remaining aboard of the "Traveller" with four men and the "Field Piece". Got a Kedge and Hawser, out astern and sprung the ships, Port Vattery, on the "Indian Camp".
At 7 hr 20 m the force onshore opened fire on the "Northern Indians", also the Steamer "Traveller", and the Ships Port Battery, which was returned by the Indians.
In the engagement, Gustave Englebrecht (coxwain) was mortally wounded, by an Iron Slug, in the right temple, and died shortly afterwards. James Collins, (seaman) was wounded in the Vale of the leftthumb, by a laden slug.
The party under Command of Lieut. Semmes, landed in a very heavy swell up to their waists in water, carrying the Launches Howitzer, in their arms, and charged the "Indians" in a very gallent manner. Setting fire to their encampment destroying propery to the amount of several thousand dollars and disabling all of their canoes but one. Signed A. Tyler - Actg Boatswain
From 8 to Meridian, light of the N.W. breezes, and cloudy. At 10 hr 30 m ceased firing, from shore, onboard ship and from the Traveller. At 10 hr 45 m the forces returned onboard, in the Traveller having the Launch and 1st Cutter in tow; Hoisted the Field Piece, onboard from the Steamer "Traveller" it being disabled and replaced it by the Launches Howitzer. At 12 H hove up the anchor and stood further in. Signed A. W. McIpine - Actg Gunner
These items were on display.
38 STAR AMERICAN FLAG - While the exact origin of this particular flag is uncertain, it appears this version of Old Glory flew over the mills at Port Gamble and Port Ludlow between the years of 1876 and 1890. It was hand sewn by "Granny" Craig, wife of a Port Gamble sawmill foreman, and later given to James Kiefer, and early attorney for the Puget mills.
This flag was graciously donated by Mr. Edna Keifer Fergunson, daughter of James Kiefer.
A drawing of Port Gamble back in the day ...
The Puget Hotel
CAPTAIN J.P. KELLER... Original partner in Puget Mill Company. Brought first mill machinery from Boston, Mass. in schooner "L. P. Foster." First manager of Pope & Talbot Mill.
Kaedyn, Nathan, Noah and Ivy ... unhappily posing for a pic.
Okay - from now on I'm not going to write it out if it's easy to read :)
This was a display about planting trees and the Forest Research Center...
Photo timeline going back in history ....
HAND CARTS ... 1800s - Early 1900s ... This hand cart was used by the dock repairman (called 'wharf rats') to haul tools, timber, nails, etc. for repairing the mill dock. They also had larger carts which were pulled by horses until the arrival of the electric jitney and later the gas jitney.