Period of Discovery
Hecta and Bodega land at Trinidad Bay with no mention of Humboldt Bay.
Vancouver lands at Trinidad Bay with no mention of Humboldt Bay.
William Shaler lands at Trinidad Bay with no mention of Humboldt Bay.
First recorded chart of Humboldt Bay (Bay of the Indians). The bay was certainly
known to Russian fur traders (probably by 1800) before the 1806 visit by Winship.
Humboldt Bay rediscovered (named Trinity Bay).
Named Humboldt Bay.
Period of Initial Improvements
First marker buoys for bay.
Light tower completed on North Spit.
Studies for navigation improvements begin. Williamson states his opinion that
permanent improvements are impossible.
600 vessels/year using bay.
Brush and plank jetties constructed - destroyed in winter.
First USACE project authorized - Eureka Channel first dredged.
Arcata, Samoa, and Hookton Channels first dredged.
January; first survey for low water jetty on South Spit (South Sands).
South jetty authorized.
Training wall shown on South Spit jetty plans.
Dual jetties authorized.
South jetty construction started (brush and stone construction).
North jetty construction started.
North jetty built out to Bent 420, South jetty built out to Bent 230.
Bar Channel deepened to 25 ft, 100 ft wide.
Initial jetty construction completed 8,000 ft long, 5 to 10 ft above mean lower low
Jetties damaged and repaired, raised from original elevation of 10-12 ft (mllw) to a
reconstructed height of +18 ft (mllw).
Chapter 3 Chronologies of Inlet Development