by Louis A. Hough

Petersen built about three dozen wooden vessels: sailing schooners, a barkentine, steam schooners, steam tugs, and lighters. Many of the ships were built on the Mendocino coast, in shipyards north and south of Mendocino. Hough’s book is the first of its kind to document Petersen’s life and works, from his arrival in San Francisco from Denmark in 1857 to his final years in Seattle. In 1914, Petersen dictated his memoirs, which provided much of the information that Hough used in this publication. Numerous black and white photos add to the excellent chronicle.

Mendocino Historical Review XXVIII, 2015