Life-Line (mission boat)

Life-Line, probably in Coos Bay
Name: Life-Line
Launched: 1914, Coos Bay
Fate: Sunk June 5, 1923 off Oregon coast; no casualties
General characteristics
Type: Mission boat
Length: 40.0 ft (12.19 m)
Installed power: Gasoline engine, 24 horsepower
Propulsion: Propeller

Life-Line was a Baptist missionary boat used to conduct ministry work in the Coos Bay region of southwestern Oregon, United States, from 1914 to 1923.


Life-Line was designed by George H. Hitchings and built at Coos Bay for Reverend G. L. Hall of the American Baptist Publication Society.[1] The vessel was 40.0 feet (12.19 m) long, propeller-driven, with a 24-horsepower gasoline engine.[1]


Once complete, "this little ship, under zealot Captain Lund, ran up and down the coast for the Baptist Missionary Society, saving the souls of erring seamen and longshoremen alike."[2]


On May 26, 1923, Life-Line was being taken north from Coos Bay to Kelso, Washington, under command of Captain Lund who was operating the vessel with a deckhand. Life-Line foundered off the coast, just south of Neahkahnie, and Captain Lund and the deckhand swam to shore.[3] The vessel washed ashore and was later covered by the sand, where it was forgotten until 1949, when a bulldozer uncovered the wreck.[1][2]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Newell, Gordon, ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, Superior Publishing, Seattle 1966, at pages 244, 343, and 344.
  2. 1 2 Marshall, Don, Oregon Shipwrecks, Binford & Mort Publishing, Portland, Oregon 1984 ISBN 0-8323-0430-1, at page 97.
  3. "Boat Goes on Rocks; Two Swim to Shore". Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). 28 May 1923. p. 1.
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