The Laura Virginia and Winship
The Laura Virginia sailed into Humboldt Bay on April 15th, 1850 and was the first vessel to enter the bay from the ocean. It was guided into the bay by Buhne, a second officer, who was in a small boat at the time. The ship stayed for three days in the harbor, left for Trinidad, and then returned to San Francisco. The party called the bay Humboldt after the noted naturalist Baron Von Humboldt. Elk River was a mile north of Humboldt City. The captain of the Laura Virginia was Jonathan Winship, who was in charge of everyone. There is also a school named after him.