|THE STEAMBOAT JENNY LIND DISASTER|
| Beginning in the 1840s, the dock at Alviso served as Santa Clara County's access to the San Francisco Bay. From This Port, passengers |
boarded steamboats loaded with goods and produce bound for san Francisco and points beyond. In the early days of the Californoia gold rush,
San Jose provided hay, lumber, and large amounts of food through this port.
During the height of its shipping activity, Alviso experienced a devastating maritime disaster. On the eleventh of April in 1853, the steamer
Jenny Lind left Alviso bound for San Francisco. Midway through the voyage, steam trapped by a torn boiler pipe exploded outward through
the ship's furnace, scalding those who were in its path. residents of san Jose were stunned, as many of those killed had been leaders in their
community, and the incident is still remembered as a major tragedy.
Soon After, business at the Port of Alviso began to suffer. The completion of the San Francisco-San Jose railroad in 1864 diverted most of
the passenger traffic from Alviso and hastened the port's decline. Although Alviso's commercial prominence faded, its past is forever linked
to the history of the ill-fated steamer, Jenny Lind.
|The following are known to have perished in the Jenny Lind disaster|
|A Baudichon, age 35||John S Bradbury, age 29||Thomas J Kell, age 23||Noah Ripley, age 50|
|Athalie Baudichon, age 32||John Brady, age 25||Francis H Macabee, age 27||Sarah F Ripley, age 9|
|Blanche Baudichon, age 1||Mr. Carpentier, age 46||Bernard Murphy, age 35||Christopher A Shelton, age 27|
|Charles Baudichon, age 5||SF Drake, age 29||Mrs. Sarah Ann Paige, age 34||Jeremiah Van Buren, age 26|
|Adolf Behn, age 5||Rosilla Emerson, age 32||Sarah Anna Paige, age 8||Jane B Winlack, age 35|
|CE Adolph Behn, age 39||Thomas Godden, age 26||Annie F Ripley, age 6||Caleb Winsor, age 30|
|William Bell, age 24||Jonas Hawkins, age 30||Charles E Ripley, age 8||Charles White, age 45|
|Franklin W Bosworth, age 26||Jacob D Hoppe, age 37||Mary Burtois Turk Ripley, age 30||Roswell A Wyman, age 36|
|and others whose names shall never be known.|
They were lost to tragedy, may they never be lost to history.
Dedicated in 2013 on the one hundred and sixtieth anniversary of the disaster by
|Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850, E Clampus Vitus||South Bay Yacht Club|
|California Pioneers of Santa Clara County||Native Daughters of the Golden West, Vendome Parlor No. 100|
|Free and Accepted Masons, San Jose Lodge No. 10||Argonauts Historical Society|
|Native Sons of the Golden West, Observatory Parlor No. 177||Yerba Buena Chapter 1, E Clampus Vitus|
The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster Plaque