Biography of Capt. C. M. Pettersen
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CAPT. C. M. PETTERSEN. - For a quarter of a century and more, Captain Pettersen has been a resident of Eureka, and during the greater part of that time engaged by the Humboldt Manufacturers' Association of Eureka as master mariner, at present having the reputation of being the best pilot on Humboldt bay. This means much to those who are familiar with the dangers of Humboldt bar, and his capable seamanship is highly appreciated by his employers. He commands the tug Relief, whose powerful engines have a capacity of eight hundred horsepower, and which is used to bring in the large steamers from foreign ports to load with redwood lumber at Humboldt bay, after they are loaded towing and piloting them to the safety of the open water once more.

The Captain was born at Frederikshald, Norway, February 11, 1866, and grew up in his native land. His education was received in the common country schools, and he was reared in the faith of the Lutheran Church, in which he was confirmed. In 1881 he shipped as helper on a pilot boat, and the following year went to sea, sailing the Baltic and making various European ports. Leaving home in 1887, he afterward sailed from Antwerp to Boston and Baltimore on an English tramp steamer. Finally he made a trip to San Francisco by rail and from there made a voyage to Australia in a sailing vessel, for coal from Australia, this being in 1888. The next year he shipped on a tug and came to Eureka, where he has made his home since 1889. During the first year after he settled here he was employed by A. M. Simpson, of San Francisco, and then engaged with his present employers, as a deck hand on the tug Mary Ann. He was captain of the Antelope for four years, then on the tug Ranger and the H. H. Buhne, and has held his present position for some years. His tug is kept busy towing and piloting tramp schooners and other sailing craft and steam schooners engaged in the lumber carrying trade, and he has made many friends on the bay and among the seafaring men generally who put into Eureka. Captain Pettersen has risen to a responsible position by steadiness and intelligent attention to his duties, and he is respected for what he has accomplished by his own efforts, his substantial qualities gaining him confidence wherever he is known. He is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and politically supports the Republican party.

In March, 1896, Captain Pettersen was married at Eureka to Miss Carrie Olson, who died in 1902 leaving three children, Edward, Carlton and Oliver H., the last named dying when one year old. For his second wife the Captain married Mrs. Ruth (Wunderlich) Falkner, daughter of Henry Wunderlich, of Eureka; she was reared at Vallejo, Cal. By her first marriage Mrs. Pettersen had one child, Velma, and there are three children by the present union: Marie, Geraldine and George. The Captain has built a comfortable residence at No. 2301 Fairfield street, Eureka, which he occupies with his family.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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