"Mary D Hume"
by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
The Mary D Hume was a steamer built at Gold Beach, Oregon in 1881. The Hume first hauled goods between Oregon and San Francisco, then worked a a whaler in Alaska, then as a service vessel in the Alaskan canning trade. She ended her career as a tug boat. Retired in 1977, she returned to Gold Beach. In 1987 she sank in the Rogue River and has remained there ever since. The Hume is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
After 30 years in the floral and plant nursery business, Debra and Dave Vanderlaan sold both businesses and turned their life-long photography hobby into full-time obsession. The Vanderlaans are both award-winning photographers and well-known both domestically and internationally.
Many of their images showcase the tropical landscapes of South Florida and the mountain vistas of the Smoky Mountains and many gorgeous scenes around the world. Their motto is Celebrate Life and that seemed a natural name for their gallery. Their images have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Turchin Art Center in Boone NC, Palm Beach Photography Museum and many other museums and galleries around the country. Some of their...
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