Wicked Portland Amazon page Wicked Portland Amazon page Read Facebook page View Twitter feed Wicked Portland Amazon page Introduction: About the book and how to use it Chapter One: A wide-open frontier city Chapter Two: Portland's municipal rascal Chapter 3: Portland's saloons and gambling dens Chapter 4: North End Girls Chapter 5: America's worst shanghaiing city Chapter 6: Fixing the police Chapter 7: Mayors behaving badly Chapter 8: World's dumbest drug smugglers Chapter 9: Wicked politics Chapter 10: The end of the golden age About the author Switch to mobile-device version of this page Switch to mobile-device version of this page Go to home page The Lost Chapter By Finn J.D. John


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A view of the Portland harbor in the 1890s. Postcard image, hand-tinted.

A view of the Portland harbor in the 1890s. The picture is hand-tinted, and the strange pink color of the steamboat in the foreground is almost certainly an error made while coloring the image. (Image: Postcard)


The riverboat Iralda.

The riverboat Iralda under way. This is the boat on which the "going-away party"
for Aquilla Ernest Clark and his co-shanghaiees was held; a short version of Clark's story is at the beginning of Chapter 5. (Image: Portland Morning Oregonian, Oct. 29, 1933)

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The four-masted, 2,300-ton barque Arracan, one of the last of the British grain fleet, at the wharf in 1913. (Image: Salem Public Library)


This picture shows young Aquilla Ernest Clark as he appeared shortly before his shanghaiing at the hands of a man who was almost certainly Bunco Kelly. Clark's story is told at the beginning of Chapter 5. (Image: Portland Morning Oregonian, Oct. 29, 1933)

Click here to read the entire four-part series on Clark's career as an able-bodied mariner, published in October and November of 1933 and written by Stewart Holbrook. (It's a PDF file.)


Here's a photo of Clark a year or two later, shortly after his shanghaiing, in a photo made in a foreign port. (Image: Portland Morning Oregonian, Oct. 29, 1933)


This photo of Clark was made in 1933, many years after his shanghaiing, when he told his story to Oregonian writer Stewart Holbrook. (Image: (Image: Portland Morning Oregonian, Oct. 29, 1933)


Clark's discharge papers issued after he left the employ of the T.F. Oakes in Le Havre, France, in early 1892. Clark treasured this document, although it had clearly had as rough a life as he. (Here's another link to the entire story, from Stewart Holbrook's four-part series in the Portland Morning Oregonian.) (Image: Portland Morning Oregonian, Oct. 29, 1933)


The fate of the T.F. Oakes: The notorious "hell ship" went aground at Half Moon Bay in California in March 1898. By then it had been renamed "New York," perhaps in an attempt to lose the reputation for brutality and starvation that it had acquired under its earlier name. (Image: Portland Morning Oregonian, Nov. 26, 1933) [Click here to read a PDF of the Oregonian article on the Oakes' demise]

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Third Street in Portland, looking northward. The tiny "X" at the vanishing point in this image was marked on this postcard by the person who mailed it in 1907, to denote his place of residence. (Image: Postcard)

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Notorious shanghai artist Joseph "Bunco" Kelly, as drawn by the Portland Evening Telegram's staff artist during his trial for murder in 1894. (Image: Portland Evening Telegram)

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A view looking north on First Street from its intersection with Morrison, looking north. The Snug Harbor Saloon and Johnson & Sons Undertaking Parlor were about one block to the left of this picture. (Image: The West Shore magazine)

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A busy day in Portland's harbor. Judging by the ratio of sailing ships to steam vessels, this looks to have been made in the late 1890s or possibly the early 1900s. Either way, it's a sure thing the captain of every one of the ships you see in this picture knew who Larry Sullivan was. (Image: OSU Archives)

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Longshoremen load sacks of wheat on a steamer at a Portland wharf using powered conveyer belts, around 1910. The switch from sails to steam eventually drove the shanghaiiers and crimps out of business. (Image: Postcard)