Inca (schooner)

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Career United States
Builder: Hall Brothers, Port Blakely, WA
Launched: 1896[1]
Struck: 1920
General characteristics
Length: 245 ft.
Beam: 41 ft.[2]
Sail plan: 5-masted schooner

The Inca was "the first true five-masted schooner built on the West Coast."[3]

Inca, "the second of her rig built on the Pacific, was launched at Port Blakely by Hall Bros. in 1896."[4]


"The Inca, because of its size and rig, had attracted considerable attention during the progress of its construction and when the time set for launching arrived a large crowd of people was present in the shipyards. The Port Blakeley schools were closed so that the pupils might attend the exercises incident to launching. Little Miss Melusina Thornton, the nine-year-old daughter of Chief Engineer Thornton of the steamer Sarah Renton, christened the new boat as it slipped into the water a few minutes before 11 o'clock on the morning of November 11, 1896."[5]

Lumber schooner

According to Gordon R. Newell, Inca "left Eureka, California October 10, 1920, with a cargo of redwood lumber for Sydney, Australia and was dismasted in the South Pacific. She was abandoned on December 7 by all hands except two men who volunteered to remain on board. The captain, his wife and the other 10 men of the crew set out in the boats and were sighted by the steamship Cosmos, which towed the Inca to Sydney, where she arrived December 18, discharged her cargo and was subsequently hulked." [6]

Schooner Inca in popular culture

"Inca Lane" in San Francisco is supposedly named after the 5-masted schooner.[7]

See also

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Further reading

  • Gibbs, Jim (1966). West Coast Windjammers in Story and Pictures (1st ed.). Seattle: Superior Publishing Co.  -- Three photos of Inca, including the frontispiece