Tall ship the Lady Washington visits Westport, Wa and Astoria, OR

Aberdeen, WA – The tall ship Lady Washington will stop in Westport Sunday Oct. 4 before she begins her 11-week “2009 Columbia River Fall Education Tour.” The ship is scheduled to arrive at the Westport Marina at approximately 1 p.m. and open to the public for walk-on tours from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A $3 donation per person is appreciated. On Monday, Oct. 5, Lady Washington departs Westport for Astoria, Ore.
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which owns and operates Lady Washington, had initially planned for a major restoration project on the ship after completing its annual Puget Sound tour this month. A change in the restoration planning opened up the opportunity for a fall voyage. The warm welcome by Columbia River port communities last spring encouraged the Seaport to schedule a fall voyage up river rather than south down the Oregon coast.

The tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain, which normally accompanies Lady Washington on her voyages, will sail south and offer educational programs to coastal Oregon and California schools. She is currently in Aberdeen. Hawaiian Chieftain is scheduled to visit Westport Oct. 10 before sailing for Oakland, Calif.
Like maritime history and tall ships? Visit our website and check out the newest, most complete gathering of shipwreck and fishing vessel as well as myths, legends and maybe-true tales about the Pacific Graveyard region, “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard.”

The fall Columbia River tour is an encore of the ship’s spring 2009 tour and the Lady Washington will visit many of the same ports, emphasizing its mission of hands-on education for young people. Scheduled ports-of-call include: Astoria, Cathlamet, Hood River, Ilwaco, Kalama, Pasco, Rainier, St. Helens, The Dalles, Umatilla, Vancouver, and Washougal.

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Fishing boats at dry dock – work wanted

The F/V Ballad at dry dock in Astoria in 2006

This crab boat also fishes in Alaska longlining for Halibut and Black Cod her hull is aluminum and she features twin propellers

Unwieldy-looking out of water, this old tuna boat waits for paint
Unwieldy-looking out of water, silhouetted against a Springtime sky, this old tuna boat waits hopefully for paint

Boats of all kinds:
In dry dock, stored for the Winter, for repair and restoration, or for good:

Another side of the tuna troller - fish out of water

Another side of the tuna troller - a fish out of water

Here, out of the water, surrounded by pavement, they appear as monuments to their trade, sentinels of countless storms of the Pacific Graveyard, and showing the effects of work and weather.

The Raven rests in dry dock a veteran survivor of the Pacific Graveyard?

The Raven rests in dry dock, a veteran survivor of the Pacific Graveyard?

Slated for demolition and disposal, this old hull sits waiting

Slated for demolition and disposal, this old hull waits. A sleek, newer version can be seen in the background.

Some of these may have been salvaged, the remnants of a disaster awaiting disposal.

The ones that didn’t make it won’t be found here…

Gillnetter, troller and charter sit side by side out of the water and in storage

Gillnetter, troller and charter sit side by side out of the water and in storage

…instead swallowed by the surf and consumed by the elements.

A sailboat hull sits up on blocks, the Astoria-Megler bridge is backdrop

A sailboat hull sits up on blocks, the Astoria-Megler bridge is backdrop

A fiberglass crabber's name says it all

This fiberglass crabbers name says it all

A diminutive gillnetter

A diminutive Columbia River gillnetter

The Raven, a wooden fishing vessel, sits approximating her water-borne stance on blocks, the car in the background gives a little perspective for size

The Raven, a wooden fishing vessel, sits approximating her water-borne stance, the car in the background gives a little perspective for size

Dead Reckoning at the USCG Regional Exam Center in Portland

Hanging with the Coast Guard

Hanging with the Coast Guard

Thanks, Tony, for these photos of your new Dead Reckoning the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart hanging in your office at the United States Coast Guard Regional Exam Center in Portland, Oregon.
Tony has to say:
“Hello Bill,
Well I got my Dead Reckoning piece hung up in my office here with the Coast Guard Regional Exam Center in Portland; it looks really awesome and I am very pleased with it. Thanks! You did a great job on it.
Dead Reckoning office photo hanging with the Coast Guard
I have attached two photos of the piece on my wall; they aren’t the best photos as my office is some what small and hard to get a good shot, but at least you can get an idea of what it looks like; everyone here really likes it as well.

It was good meeting you and I hope to get down to Astoria one of these days again and will try to look you up if I can; you are also welcome to come here to my office in Portland if you would like any time.

Thanks again,
Tony Sellers”

KAST On-Air Auction 2011

On Saturday, January 22, beginning at 9 a.m. KAST radio in Astoria, Oregon is having its annual On-Air Auction and NW Limited…History in VogueTM has donated a Gift certificates towards purchase Bidding on all items starts at 50 cents on the dollar.
See the full list of items to be auctioned; you can start pre-bidding as early as Friday.
Listen in at 1370 AM, or you can listen to streaming audio online
Our work is available for viewing at Amazing Stories in Astoria, Oregon 11 am to 8 pm 7 days a week except Sunday open til 6 pm.

F/V Sea King, the F/V Mermaid and the USCGC Triumph

January 11, 1991 saw the loss of the fishing vessel Sea King on the Columbia River bar. The 75-foot boat capsized and sank while under tow. David Haynes was one of two fishermen, and one Coast Guardsman (Charles Sexton) died during the rescue. 

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard features a list of lost fishing vessels from the Oregon and Washington coasts (click to see it on a chart)

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard features a list of lost fishing vessels from the Oregon and Washington coasts (click to see it on a chart)

Thirty years earlier, January 12, 1961, the F/V Mermaid lost their rudder and required rescue, resulting in the loss of five Coast Guard crewmen, the two Mermaid crew, the vessel Mermaid, the USCG Motor Lifeboat Triumph and the CG Utility boat 40564 in one of the worst tragedies of the Pacific Graveyard’s history.

Links:
Author brings background to Coast Guard tragedy Olympian story on Gary Hudson’s self-published book, They Had to Go Out
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard, chart featuring shipwrecks and lost fishing vessels of the area
Historic daily events in Coast Guard history, listed by month at the Patriot Files Dedicate to the preservation of military history
Charles W. Sexton (Coast Guardsman lost during the Sea King rescue)

Wrecked ships may show up along the coast…

In an article on Oregon Live, we are reminded that the Winter wind and waves’ fury will quite possibly give us a history lesson in the form of tangible evidence.
The remains of thousands of vessels have disappeared along the coastline.
The reality of the chart is driven home when artifacts and even entire hulls are revealed for us to wonder about the intrepid souls that plied these waters for a living, in turn providing the same for the new residents upon which our current day cities and towns were built.  Almost everything and everyone arrived here via a watery route, in a time when navigation was complicated by the lack of lights and accurate charts for the region.

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard by NW Limited...History in Vogue

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard by NW Limited...History in Vogue

Last year at this time, the biggest storm in recent memory unveiled the long-lost carronades believed to belong to the wreck of the USS Shark.  Known shipwrecks became more visible as well as long-forgotten skeletons that glimpsed daylight for the first time in decades.  The same process could randomly reveal any number of known or speculated shipwrecks.
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard details these wrecks along the southwest Washington and northwest Oregon coast as well as at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Contact information: 503-338-6056 or bill@nwlimited.com
Links:
NW Limited…History in VogueTM
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard

Christmas shopping

The holidays are upon us.
Time to start thinking about Christmas if you haven’t already.
Why not find something that feels custom-made, like it was built just for that special person?
Chances are that we have something built that will appeal to those hardest to buy for in a way that nothing else could.
Due to the tremendous effort and logistics of gathering components, time is up for a custom, though we can print a gift certificate for you for any within our editions.
Every piece is an event unto itself, and destined to become treasured family heirlooms, and designated favorite.
Here are a few suggestions, and a range for every budget,  these represent pieces that are currently in stock and ready to ship:  

Lewis & Clark small States Map with USPS first day issue stamps and postmarks 10 X 17 $85 as shown (click for more information at our site)

Lewis & Clark small States Map with USPS first day issue stamps and postmarks 10" X 17" $85 as shown (click for more information at our site)

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart 22 X 44 $500 as shown, available unframed for $50 or framed only $225 (click for more information on our website)

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard, $500 as shown, $50 unframed or $225 framed only (click image to visit our website for more information on purchasing)

The USS Ronald Reagan $200 comes with t-shirt, stickers, patch and official documentation

The USS Ronald Reagan $200 comes with t-shirt, stickers, patch and official documentation

Jamestown, VA quadricentennial historic map matted and framed with USPS stamp and postmark commemorating the four hundred year anniversary of Americas oldest settlement  $225 as shown (click for website)

Jamestown, VA quadricentennial historic map matted and framed with USPS stamp and postmark commemorating the four hundred year anniversary of America's oldest settlement $225 as shown 17 X 20 (click for website)

For more information or to purchase:
503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com

Oct. 25, 1906: Wreck of the Peter Iredale

On October 25, 1906, the bark Peter Iredale was wrecked on the Oregon coast at Clatsop Spit near

The Peter Iredale shortly after grounding in October, 1906

The Peter Iredale shortly after grounding in October, 1906

Warrenton attempting a Columbia River entrance.
The grounded ship was unsalvageable.
Over a century later, only her rusting bones remain.

Peter Iredale revealed by the storms of December. Photo taken January 2008 near Ft. Stevens

Peter Iredale in January 2008 near Ft. Stevens. The wreck is one of several hundred casualties of the Pacific Graveyard and appears as the most familiar landmark on "Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard" shipwreck chart by NW Limited...History in VogueTM.

 
Oft-photographed, endlessly visited by tourists, the Iredale’s weathered skeleton is testament both to the forces of nature and folly of man. 

There are countless more like her that have disappeared, shipwrecked forever by virtue of lucky salvage or the relentless pounding of waves, wind, tide and time.

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” documents these, lifting them from conscious memory, and marking them in historic record.
Anecdotes from each wreck are provided, stories which are entwined in the foundation of a region rich with maritime activity.
As the newest and most complete shipwreck chart of the SW Washington, NW Oregon coast and lower Columbia River, it is also the most aesthetically-minded.
Printed on high-quality paper, the lithograph (detail shown below) is built to stand the test of time both as a collectible, historic tribute and an artful display. 
Dead Reckoning Shipwreck chart detail showing the wreck of the Iredale as well as several others at the mouth of the Columbia River click on the image for larger, readable version

"Dead Reckoning" Shipwreck chart detail showing the wreck of the Iredale as well as several others at the mouth of the Columbia River

For information on ordering a shipwreck chart directly from the creator, please contact bill@nwlimited.com or call 503-338-6056.

Conquering the (Columbia) River

Pacific Graveyard Week is happening now, and “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” is part of

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard  $500 as shown

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard $500 as shown

the happenings.
Bill has loaned the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park a sunken ship chart to be hung in the “Conquering the River” exhibit where there are historic artifacts from the area’s wrecks displayed in rooms overlooking the Pacific Graveyard itself.

Other events throughout the region include tours of North Head Lighthouse in addition to the exhibit at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center which will run through December at Cape D.

Ft. Columbia State Park is hosting a sea shanty camp on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ft. Stevens State Park in Oregon is hosting free, ranger-led talks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the wreck of the Peter Iredale.  The Iredale wrecked Oct. 25, 1906.

Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria  will host “An evening of Maritime Music,” featuring the instructors of the “Sea Shanty Camp of the Columbia,” at 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Admission for this event is free.

Links:
NW Limited…History in VogueTM
Dead Reckoning slideshow
Tours, displays reveal dramatic “Graveyard.”
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment
Columbia River Maritime Museum

Astoria, Oregon historic photographs

 These five will join another set of framed, historic photographs and of course a Dead Reckoning shipwreck chart that Bill built as customs to hang in the Clatsop County Courthouse in Astoria, Oregon.

Various images depicting scenes from Astorias rich, historic past

Various images depicting scenes from Astoria's rich, historic past - a custom, part of a set to accompany a framed, shipwreck chart

The first three with framed chart

The first three with framed chart

Nobody frames history like we do!
Wander on over to the website and see what’s available.

We have Oregon, Washington local historic events and autographed, entertainment events with national, even global appeal, all made right here in Astoria, OR.

 

Email: bill@nwlimited.com or phone 503-338-6056