One-Horse Shays Cross Oceans
Courtesy of George B. Walton, 2827 N. E. Hoyt St, Portland 12, Oregon This picture and article appeared in the Portland Newspaper.
Three Victoria buggies, said to be 50 to 75 years old, were unloaded from the West Coast Steamship Company's freighter Columbia Trader which brought them from Bombay, India, Friday. They were the property of Robert Doehm, chief steward on the vessel, who bought them in Bombay and hopes to dispose of two of them in Oregon. The third, he said, will go to his farm near Clifton, on the Lower Columbia, 'for the kids to use.'
The buggies are the original 'one-horse shay' type of another time, each designed to be drawn by a single horse, with the driver seated high in front and three passengers in the cubby cab aft, two of them facing forward.
The vehicles were picked off the ship at the Swan Island dry docks and Doehm plans to leave them in storage temporarily with a friend, Carroll Raaum, whom he said has a carriage house at his home near Columbia Park.
'I've got about $700 invested in these buggies, counting my original cost, freight charges and duties,' Doehm commented. 'That is what I hope to get out of them.'
The Columbia Trader is scheduled to load another cargo of wheat at Vancouver Elevator and sail this week for Calcutta. Another West Coast ship, the Oregon Victory, will load at Kalama, also for Calcutta. A third vessel, the Pacific Trader, sailed last week from Lake Charles, La., for India with a cargo of rice. The Portland Victory now is in India discharging grain.