Community members have mixed feelings about whether to leave the once-majestic Mary D. Hume whaling ship as is at the Port of Gold Beach or remove it from the water.
Thar she stays!
The moss-laden Mary D. Hume whaling ship half-submerged in the Gold Beach harbor will stay put for at least the immediate future, the Port of Gold Beach commissioners decided Thursday night.
The issue of whether the 130-year-old vessel should be removed or allowed to stay has recently been bandied about in the community, leaving the final decision in the hands of the port commission, on whose land she rests.
The old wooden boat is in a sorry state. Since the foundation on which she rested sunk in the 1980s and the Curry Historical Society abandoned its ownership of it, moss has crept up the sides of the hull, grass grows on its deck, the pilothouse has crumbled in on itself and the hull is beginning to fall apart.
Dive rescue members Friday morning recovered a second body about 30 feet from the wreckage of the Cessna 172 that crashed into the ocean July 4 about a half-mile from Rainbow Rock northwest of Brookings.
Officials believe they know the identity of the male, but aren’t releasing the information until they can confirm it with the mortuary. Family members of those lost in the wreck have been notified, said Curry County Sheriff John Ward.
The first body was recovered Thursday at about noon, pinned under a wing of the plane in 55 feet of water in the ocean. The identity of that person is not yet known, either.