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September 13 , 2007

The Jane Gray: The Italian Prince and the Shipwreck That Forever Changed the History of Seattle


On the afternoon of their departure from Seattle, May 19th, 1898, the dock at the foot of Columbia Street was crowded with friends and family of the many well-known passengers. One gold-prospecting team, headed by Major Edward S. Ingraham, had the financial backing of Prince Luigi of Italy. The Major’s team included Clayton Packard, the mining expert and former owner of the Snohomish Eye; Jack Lindsay, University of Washington football team captain; Victor and Conrad Schmid, two of Jack’s teammates; and twelve other well-known citizens. Packing the latest in photographic equipment, six friends of Prince Luigi, all from the Biella region of Italy, joined the expedition. James Blackwell, the highly respected architect and civil engineer, brought his own group of men. The only non-prospectors among the passengers were Vene Gambell, his wife and baby daughter, missionaries returning to their home on St. Lawrence Island.

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