|MADAKET is the last survivor of seven original ferries that transported mill
workers and families around Humboldt Bay. Built in 1909, launched in 1910 and
refurbished in 1989, she remains as a reminder of Eureka's bustling waterfront
era. The completion of the Samoa bridge in 1971 put the ferry service out of
MADAKET continues to be the oldest vessel in continuous service in the
United States, boasts the smallest licensed bar in the state and is a California
Motor Vessel MADAKET Official Documentation Number 207812
MADAKET is a certified vessel to carry passengers, with this certification and especially because she is constructed of wood, she is inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard every 12
months, and at that time her license is renewed to carry passengers.
MADAKET is the last remaining vessel of the fleet that once transported workers around Humboldt Bay. Amongst these workers were hundreds of mill workers and
longshoremen employed by timber companies such as Hammond Lumber Company, Dolbeer-Carson, Simpson, Georgia Pacific and others of the era. The ferries would operate 7
days a week, 24 hours a day, each carrying no less than 1,500 people a day around the shore. They were a vital link to the early day economics.
Now MADAKET is a vital part of the tourist industry. She is a reminder of our bays maritime past preserved for the future and is as symbolic to our maritime heritage industry as
the Carson Mansion is to North Coast timber industries.
The Motor Vessel MADAKET is one of 700 historic vessels registered in the United States. She was built for the shallow waters of Humboldt Bay at Fairhaven Ca, in 1909, by
shipwright McDonald. 47.5 feet in length, 12 foot at the beam and draws a mere 3.75 feet. Launched onto its placid waters on June 6th 1910, She continues to be the oldest
passenger carrying vessel in continuous service in the United States and boasts the smallest licensed bar in the state of California.
Thanks to many donations from the local community, during the summer of 1989 she underwent a complete restoration project to insure her future for generations to come. Today
MADAKET operates seasonally with 75-minute narrated cruises, cocktail, bird watching and Sunday champagne brunch cruises. MADAKET is also available for private charters
for birthdays, weddings, and school groups.
MADAKET 100th Birthday Events Poster