Keith Skinner

Keith Skinner

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Berkeley, CA  ·  Keith writes fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and travel stories. His current project is a historical novel set in 19th century Mendocino County.
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View of Gundersen Rock in modern Elk, CA from shore.

An unearthed survey help 1866 Greenwood, Mendocino County Frontier Town spring to life

Section #2 of the 1866 Greenwood (Elk, CA) Survey

An unearthed survey help 1866 Greenwood, Mendocino County Frontier Town spring to life

Section #1 of the 1866 Greenwood (Elk, CA) Survey

An unearthed survey help 1866 Greenwood, Mendocino County Frontier Town spring to life

Section #3 of the 1866 Greenwood (Elk, CA) Survey

Section of the 1866 Greenwood (Elk, CA) Survey

In the mid-nineteenth century, the sawmills and lumber towns of Mendocino County were isolated from the more settled places that lined San Francisco Bay. The lack of roads, the ungainly North Coast mountains, and the abundant rivers and streams made overland travel difficult and dangerous. Lumber schooners provided the only viable conduit between frontier towns and the civilized world. It was a ship, in fact, that triggered the lumber boom along the redwood coast.

The tiny, rocky dog hole ports of Mendocino Coast were too small for most cargo ships. Nimble but rugged lumber schooners were the answer to the problem.

Drawing of the New York Knickerbockers baseball team during a practice session by Homer Davenport [Public domain]

The Knickerbockers during a practice session, as depicted by Homer Davenport. Adams took leadership in pushing other club members to attend practice.

Articles of Agreement for the sloop Molly. Such documents defined a sailors duties, rations, and payment. Note it also lists advances.

Richard Henry Dana and Herman Melville were born on the same day four years apart. The lives and works of Dana and Melville are intricately intertwined.

Young Herman Melville

Herman Melville - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Herman Melville, c. Oil painting by Asa Twitchell

Young Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST and lifelong legal defender of sailors

Richard H Dana Jr 1842 - Richard Henry Dana, Jr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Islands of The Undesirables: Roosevelt Island

Just to the east of Manhattan Island and accessible by subway, bus, or aerial tram (best way), Roosevelt Island offers a respite from the intensity of life on its island neighbor.

Isla de Umunnum on Hummingbird Island, Elkhorn Sloug

A visit to Hummingbird Island in California's Elkhorn Slough

Cuffey's Cove: Birthplace of a Novel  Photo by Keith Skinner

Cuffey's Cove: Birthplace of a Novel Photo by Keith Skinner