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.

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.

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

218 years of “Semper Paratus” – The USCG

On August 4, 1790, the United States Coast Guard was established (as part of the US Treasury).
From the United States Coast Guard “About Us” web page:
“The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a military branch of the United States involved in maritime law, mariner assistance, and search and rescue, among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. One of the seven uniformed services of the United States, and the smallest armed service of the United States, its stated mission is to protect the public, the environment, and the United States economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America’s coasts, ports, and inland waterways.”

Here in the Pacific Graveyard, many owe their lives and livelihoods to the “Always Ready” United States Coast Guard.

The United States Coast Guard rescues an unknown fishing vessel (image used by permission)

The United States Coast Guard rescues an unknown fishing vessel (image used by permission)

On our Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart, they are honored in the form of an insignia depicting the official seal and the Cape Disappointment “Guardians of the Pacific Graveyard” where the National Motor Lifeboat School is housed (and with good reason, the Columbia River Bar is one of the world’s most deadly crossings).
A USPS stamp dated 1945 commemorating the USCG, and historic photographs are included in this gathering of maritime history.
We at NW Limited…History in VogueTM thank the USCG for their assistance in creating our chart, and for their continuing support.
Happy 218 years!
The Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment is getting a new boat to celebrate, and take them into the future of lifesaving and marine safety:
United States Coast Guard (official website)
History in VogueTM (our website, where you can order a shipwreck chart for your favorite Coastie!)
Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay celebrates 100 years
Coast Guard gloats over boat; birthday gift will boost safety at Cape D
Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns home

USS Shark Cannons-History in Cannon Beach Wednesday

Can you find the Shark on this small section of our chart representing the Columbia River Bar area and some of the shipwrecks there?

Can you find the Shark on this small section of our chart representing the Columbia River Bar area and some of the shipwrecks there?

On Wednesday, August 13, the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum will host a lecture by Greg Shine on the cannons discovered in Arch Cape in February 2008,/a>. Shine is the Chief Ranger and Historian at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Northwest Cultural Resources Institute. This free, public program will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the History Center.
The cannons are believed to be from the wreck of a Navy ship named the USS Shark, which was surveying the Columbia River Bar when it struck a shoal and ultimately sunk in 1846.
For more information about the program, please call the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum at 503-436-9301.
As always, you can call the office (503-338-6056), or drop by Astoria’s Sunday Market to pick up a souvenir of your visit, our
Dead Reckoning shipwreck chart, the newest and most complete listing of shipwrecks for this region, presented in a beautiful lithograph on high-quality paper, and the ultimate which is framed and has photographs of the wrecks and other historic memorabilia such as lighthouses.

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart at NW Limited…History in Vogue
Hear the stories of the USS Shark
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: Arch Cape Cannons
Cannon Lecture on North Oregon Coast Beach Connection.net






(click on the “wow” for our gallery)





Dead Reckoning July

Even in July, the waters of the Pacific Graveyard can be lethal.
July 11, 2008. The sun shines warmly, winds are calm.
The river is smooth like a peaceful lake.

Columbia River Bar Pilot boat Columbia

Columbia River Bar Pilot boat Columbia

Large ships glide along the channel which is now amply marked for safe navigaton.
Tugboats traverse around them, and swift pilot boats designed to deliver a different captain for every portion of the journey maneuver for fuel refills, now staged to fulfill their job.
Pleasure fishing boats also ply the waters and flit back and forth at a whim.
Presiding over them all, the relatively new Megler bridge which was finished in 1966.

The Astoria-Megler bridge spans the Columbia River from Astoria, OR to Megler, WA

The Astoria-Megler bridge spans the Columbia River from Astoria, OR to Megler, WA

The United States Coast Guard is also nearby with boats and the occasional helicopter, carrying out practice maneuvers, or just keeping an eye on the unusually heavy traffic.

Beneath this idyllic scenery, the miscellaneous remains of more than 2000 ships, boats, and many of their passengers, crew and cargo have become part of the unseen, the ominous reminders of epic losses, or chance misfortune.

Some July entries from “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard:”

Curacao -7/12/1940- Steamer: A boiler explosion sends her to a river tomb”
Zampa -7/14/1904- Schooner: Dead Reckoning into the Pacific Graveyard”
Perhaps the most historic of them:
U.S.S. Peacock -7/18/1841- Sloop of War: “Clear that white water” orders young Lt. Hudson as a shifting channel sets the ship amiss and strikes the bottom hard. “Man the pumps,” Hudson barks as an ebb tide secures the wedged ship for a constant pounding! “Remove yourselves and all pertinent papers”. The Lieutenant fears the worst and within 24 hours the ship is gone and the sandy tomb is renamed Peacock Spit!”

Though these ships have passed into history, you will find recognition of them and hundreds more on NW Limited…History in VogueTM‘s shipwreck chart.

River and mouth of bar detail of Dead Reckoning

River and mouth of bar detail of Dead Reckoning


The Columbia River bar at sunset as a ship heads over a calm bar

The Columbia River bar at sunset as a ship heads over a calm bar

Purchase a Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart
History Link Online Encyclopedia of Washington History
Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon

USS Shark carronades on display this weekend

in Nehalem Bay Park near Manzanita, Oregon.
Here’s an excerpt from the Cannon Blog at Oregon State Park website:

“Posted June 20
Been a while between updates, so here’s a catch-you-up.

The next public viewing is July 5, from 1-2 p.m.
Carpool or find some other way to reach the park … this is a holiday weekend and parking will be tight.
The viewing is in the Nehalem Bay State Park maintenance yard (there will be signs … it’s just inside the entrance to the park).

We had an exciting time in May. Oregon Public Broadcasting produces TV episodes for the nationally-broadcast show History Detectives. They’re producing a show on the cannon with the question: Are these from the USS Shark? To help gather more information on their origin, the show arranged for some x-rays of the cannon. Fuji Corportation donated time on one of their portable x-ray machines, and a company called PSI from Portland volunteered their time as industrial radiographers. It was a challenge to get some good, clear images, but they did produce a couple. It was cool to watch them in action, and the x-rays give us a peek beneath the heavy, crusty shell (made of sand and iron, sort of a natural concrete).”

X-Ray of the USS Shark Carronades found near Arch Cape, Oregon in February 2008
Check out this photo from their photo gallery (click for larger).
Dead Reckoning Shipwreck Chart (includes the USS Shark among hundreds of other shipwrecks of the Pacific Graveyard)
Cannon Blog at Oregon Parks
Cannon Photo Gallery
Columbia River Maritime Museum
PBS History Detectives

The sinking of the charter boat Taki Tooo

June 14, 2003, approx. 7:12 a.m.:

The sinking of the charter boat The capsized Taki Tooo on the Tillamook Bar near Garibaldi, Oregon
Taki-Tooo on the Tillamook Bar is one of the worst tragedies occurring on the Oregon coast
Eleven lives were lost,
the captain among those.

Eight survived.

Including the wreck of the Pearl C, the loss of just four vessels make up the majority of lives lost in the charter fishing industry on the Oregon and Washington coasts combined.

The Taki Tooo on the beach NTSB investigates



In an area rich with recreational fishing as well as a lengthy history of commercial fishing combined with the forces of nature unique to the region, it is no surprise to learn that there is also a matching roster of lost fishing vessels, with dates as old as the industry itself.
Even when we take heed of all the safety regulations, give consideration to the warnings, lives and boats are lost.
The elements will not be denied their due, it would seem.
A list of lost fishing vessels of the Oregon and Washington coast and Columbia River Bar from Bill Brooks' shipwreck chart Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard
Detail of the lost fishing vessels list, printed using an antique letter press and using handmade paper.
Each name on the list, which is included on the framed version of “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” by NW Limited…History in VogueTM represents a story, fates intertwined, never to be forgotten, and always respected.

NTSB Press Release Update on the Sinking of the Taki-Tooo
Coast Guard Safety Alert
Northwest Sea Disasters: Beyond Acceptable Risk
9 Die in Oregon Boat Accident (CBS News)

Tall ships in Ilwaco, WA this weekend

The tall ships Privateer Lynx and the HMS Bounty will be in Ilwaco, WA this weekend, and open for public tours. (more information in the links below on dates/times)
Grand arrival for both ships is 3 p.m. and there will be free dockside tours.   
The Lynx was launched in 2001, built as a replica of the Privateer Lynx, originally built in 1812 in Maryland. “She was among the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports and serving in the important privateering efforts.”
(quote from the Privateer Lynx’s site, link below).

HMS Bounty tall sailing shipThe HMS Bounty starred in the Pirates of the Carribbean, and in 1962’s “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Marlon Brando.

Weather can often change the schedules; visit the ship’s websites for more information.
Can’t get enough of tall ships and maritime history?
Hop across the bridge to Astoria, Oregon and visit the USCG Cutter Eagle (click for link), which is another tall ship available for tours and multiple photo opportunities.

“The Eagle is a three-masted sailing barque with 21,350 square feet of sail. It is home ported at the CG Academy, New London, Connecticut. It is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services. Before her Coast Guard duties, she was originally commissioned in 1936 by the German Navy under the name “SNS Horst Wessel”
(more information below at the USCG Cutter Eagle website).
Shipwreck chart by NW Limited...History in Vogue available for purchase

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” (shown at left) gives detailed information on each historic shipwreck of the southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon coast as well as the lower Columbia River.

The charts are available to purchase at NW Limited…History in VogueTM.  Find us at Astoria’s Sunday Market or contact us at 503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com

These events are rare opportunities to view ships similar to the ones that historically plied the waters of the Pacific Graveyard, in good weather and bad, for better or worse…sometimes meeting their doom, or “making the chart” as we say.

Privateer Lynx
HMS Bounty
USCG Cutter Eagle
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard
Calendar of Events on the Oregon Coast at northwest magazines