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I came across a very interesting button that I acquired in a bag of old buttons I purchased from a secound-hand store in Tacoma Washington.
After doing some research on-line I found that this button has a very interesting history. Visit the links below in the References to see where I found the supporting information I used to write this story.
The Pacific Coast Steamship Company (PCSC) was founded in September 1882 under the name Pacific Steamship Company. This passenger and freight company was based in San Francisco. They shipped a variety of cargo such as vegetables, grain, lumber, coal and iron, and boasted modern, luxurious facilities for their passengers. In the early 1890s, the name Pacific Coast Steamship Company gained permanent resonance, until the demise of the company in 1936. "Maritimeheritage.org",. (2015)
The Pacific sank when she collided with the ship Orpheus on November 4, 1875, north-bound for Puget Sound. The Orpheus, somewhat damaged herself, drifted off in the darkness, her crew unaware of the Pacific's dissolution. She went down with 250 people. Of the Pacific's 250 passengers and crew, only two survivors were picked up, clinging to bits of wreckage. One of these died shortly thereafter as a result of shock and exposure. "Maritimeheritage.org",. (2015)
The Pacific had the following passengers from the Sound:
From Tacoma--J. Hellmute and wife, Mrs. Mahon and child. H. C. Victortor, J. T. Vining, Fred D. Hard
Collections.washingtonhistory.org,. (2015). Object Details - Washington State Historical Society. Retrieved 21 November 2015, fromhttp://collections.washingtonhistory.org/details.aspx?id=84316
Maritimeheritage.org,. (2015). Sea Captains, Ships and World Seaports. The Maritime Heritage Project, San Francisco, California. Merchants, Merchandise, Migrations. Retrieved 21 November 2015, from http://www.maritimeheritage.org/ships/ssPacific.htm
. Keys Sherie. "A Button With A Gloomy Past". I Antique Online. 2015. Available at: http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/profiles/blogs/a-button-with-a-gloom.../. Accessed November 21, 2015.