Journal of Light-House Station at Cape Foulweather
11: [continued from preceding page] Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. 1st ass't working on the road. 2nd ass't went to Newport today.
12: Light variable winds with light fog showers first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light to moderate breeze N.W. fair weather. Sea quite smooth. Keeper went to Newport. 1st ass't working on the road today.
13: Light N.W. to S. East wind first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light variable wind to moderate breeze N.W. fair weather during 24 hours. Sea smooth. Keepers painting the barn and some on the picket fence around dwelling.
14: Moderate breeze N.W. to light S.E. wind these 24 hours with fair and warm weather during the 24 hours. Sea very smooth. The Willamett Valley sailed for San Francisco. The barometer is down to 29.90 at 5 P.M. Keeper painting on dwelling today.
15: Light to moderate fresh and strong breeze South these 24 hours with frequent rain showers. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Had two visitors. Keeper and 2nd ass't went to Newport today.
16: Fresh to strong breeze South thee 24 hours with rain most of 24 hours. Sea quite rough. The barometer is up to 30.50 at 4 P.M. Keeper painting trimmings on Keeper's dwelling today.
17: Moderate breeze S. to light S.E. & East wind and little damp first part of 24 hours. Last part of 24 hours light wind to moderate and fresh breeze N.W., fair weather. Sea little rough. Keepers painting chimneys and door??? of Keeper's dwelling.
18: Fresh breeze N. West thee 24 hours, first part of 24 hours little high dry fog. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea quite smooth. Keeper went to Newport. 1st ass't and 2nd ass't painting roof of woodshed & whitewashing tight board fence. At 6. P.M. sighted three ship's boats coming toward the cape and landed, it proved to be the entire crew of the ship St. Charles that blew up by coal gas at 8.40 A.M. the 17th. The Captain and crew taking to the boats. The Capt and two of the crew are badly burned and are at the Station taking care of them the best that we can. Gave the entire crew supper and lodging and breakfast. Have telegraphed to agents particulars concerning the accident.
19: Light wind to moderate breeze N.W. thee 24 hours with fair & clear weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper and 2nd ass't went to Newport after Dr. Rich to attend the sick men also Dr. Smith is attending them. 14 of crew went to Newport today to get accommodations awaiting to go to San Francisco. Had two visitors today. Captain Chapman died at 12 A.M. from the injuries received from the explosion of the ship St. Charles off Cape Foulweather.
20: Light to moderate breeze S.E. to N.West these 24 hours with clear fine and warm weather. Sea very smooth. Keepers went to Newport to get casket and arrange for the burial of Capt. Chapman at 10. A.M. Tomorrow. Mr. Briggs and Joseph Briggs assisting some in taking care of sick men. Keeper had the other two men taken to Newport where they can be better treated by the doctor.
21: Moderate to fresh breeze to a gale N.W. these 24 hours with some high dry fog a flying. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Capt. Chapman was buried on the cape a mile back this morning. The crew came over from Newport to attend funeral. Keeper and 2nd ass't went to Newport. Keepers went to funeral. The two men at Newport are not so well today.
22: Strong to fresh breeze. N.W. these 24 hours with high dry fog. Sea quite smooth. General duties for the day. The 1st Mate with four men came over and got the three boats that came from the St. Charles off the beach and the O.G.??? railroad tug towed them to Yaquina city to be sent to owners at San Francisco on the Steamer Willamett Valley tomorrow. Had two visitors today.
23: Fresh breeze N.W. these 24 hours. First part of 24 hours high dry fog. Last part of 24 hours fair weather. Sea smooth. General duties for the day. Keeper and 2nd ass't went to Newport on business and to see the two men that were injured [continued on next page]
Notes and Questions
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18th: 3 boats landed on the cape, carrying all of the survivors of the ship St. Charles that blew up on the 17th. Keepers are feeding and lodging the crew, and caring for the Capt and 2 crew members who were badly burned. Captain Chapman died of his injuries on the 19th. The Keepers purchased the casket on the 20th. The funeral was held on the 21st, with the crew coming over from Newport to attend, and the Captain was buried "on the cape a mile back."
It sure looks like he wrote O.G. Railroad, however the only railroad I know of with ships using the port of Newport was the O.P.R. Railroad. I tried to look up anything under the O.G. Railroad, and nothing came up. There was an O.C. Railroad mostly in California, perhaps he just poorly wrote a C?