Magnet (steamer)
April 2, 1883 Steam propeller, recently sold to two men, names unknown. She left Astoria with provisions for the Coleman, Tucker and Sales families who lived upstream on the Youngs River. Loaded with flour, bacon, lumber and miscellaneous household items, the little ship became somewhat of a mystery when she failed to make her scheduled delivery. Several weeks later, Tucker arrived in town to inquire at Wilson and Fisher's mercantile store as to the whereabouts of the supply ship. A search turned up a sack of flour, 2 brooms and some planks that had floated downstream to the tidal flats. All were identified as a portion of the Magnet's cargo. More days passed; the puzzle deepened when word was received that the two new owners of the ship were seen heading on foot for Tillamook. Eventually hunters found the Magnet, stove in and sunk by a log snag. The finders secured the aid of the tug General Custer, towed the waterlogged ship in and claimed her for salvage. The owners' identity and whereabouts remain a myste
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Magnet (steamer)
Louis C. Hunter. Steamboats on the Western Rivers., p. 647. Gordon Newell, Ships of the Inland Sea, p. 212.
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