Shipwreck remains near Grayland, Washington

Is the long-wrecked Canadian Exporter surfacing along the Washington coast?
An article at suggests that the erosion of winter surf has exposed the remains of a log ship named the Canadian Exporter, which was wrecked in 1921.
Our shipwreck chart details conditions and dates of a number of other wrecks in the area, and hundreds along both the Washington and Oregon coastlines.
Time will tell if this is indeed the Canadian Exporter.
For more information on the most current and complete shipwreck for the Oregon and Washington coast as well as the mouth of the Columbia River, check out our website at History in Vogue, or phone 503-338-6056 or email

Published in: on January 6, 2010 at 8:49 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. I am 100% sure that this mystery wreck at Washaway Beach IS NOT the Canadian Exporter, because it is wooden-hulled and the Exporter is steel-hulled. Most likely it is the remains of the steam schooner Trinidad which wrecked 1 mile due west of the Willapa Bay Light in a 60 mph -gale in May of 1937. Keep watching and reading the Willapa Harbor Herald for more news on this wreck!

  2. Additional note: The Canadian Exporter grounded in the fog near buoy 10, broke in half, and then within a few months was covered by sand and sea. The Trinidad grounded on a shoal between buoy 6 & 7 in a violent gale, and broke up soon after. Wouldn’t it be logical to think that this could be part of the wooden hull or decking of the trinidad? Because as we all know from the story of the Titanic, steel hulls don’t float!

  3. I consulted the famous maritme shipwreck author, and my friend, James A. Gibbs, Jr. and even sent him photos of this “mystery wreckage”, shortly before he passed away, and he was 100% sure this WAS NOT the Canadian Exporter, but more likely the steam ship, “Trinidad”. Jim Gibbs first wrote about the Trinidad and the Canadian Exporter in his book, “Pacific Graveyard”, by Binford & Morts. I personally donated two of the captain’s chairs from the Exporter, to the Pacific County Museum in South Bend. Another note, I have become very good friends with Jim Gibbs’ daughter, who is now preserving her dad’s lighthouse, “Cleft of the Rock”, at Yachats, Oregon, and she also believes that this is NOT the Exporter, but probably the SS Trinidad. We’ll probably never know for sure, but it’s definitely not the Exporter.

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