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.

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

Gavel & Hammer

Today beginning at 9 a.m., (NOW) the KAST On-Air auction will feature Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard, so call 503-325-2911 and check where the bidding stands, LISTEN IN and bid!  Bidding starts at .50 on the dollar, your chance to (maybe) get a chart for less than retail once the gavel drops!
In other news:

Signed by stars Christopher Lee and Caroline Munro, this is the ultimate Hammer Horror tribute with the Royal Mail first day issue stamps and postmarks commemorating British Cinema

Signed by stars Christopher Lee and Caroline Munro, this is the ultimate Hammer Horror tribute with the Royal Mail first day issue stamps and postmarks commemorating British Cinema click for larger image

#3 Hammer Horror arrived at completion and sold as soon as it was viewed by a previous customer!  Congratulations and thank you, Oliver of London, England!

This piece in our edition of 50 shows Christopher Lee and Caroline Munro in Dracula AD 1972.  In the photo, Drac is preparing to drain his victim. Each star has signed, and each signature comes with its own COA and topping it all is the Royal Mail’s first day issue stamps and postmarks commemorating British cinema.

A custom-built Studio moulding frame and conservation glass will keep Oliver enthralled with his History in VogueTM purchase. 

We rarely share the “finish” with you, but ours are unique in that Bill uses a hard back (rather than paper) on which he attaches a clear sleeve for storage of provenance: A letter of ownership personalized to you or a special someone, Certificates of Authenticity for any signatures, original packaging for pins or memorabilia to arrive at a superior gathering of history and an enduring collectible; the kind that becomes favorite, an heirloom.

503-338-6056 or bill@nwlimited.com to find out more!

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

Beeswax Wreck on Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Oregon Public Broadcasting network is airing a feature about the Nehalem Beeswax Wreck on Oregon Field Guide. 
Click for link to video of the broadcast

Beeswax stamp from Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart

Beeswax stamp from Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart

If you haven’t already caught this episode, and are interested in learning more about Oregon’s oldest known shipwreck and its history, make sure to watch and familiarize yourself with this fascinating story about a Manila Galleon mystery. The links below will also provide more information.

Links:
Dead Reckoning the Pacific Graveyard slideshow, which includes clues to the Beeswax wreck mystery
Oregon Public Broadasting website
Search our blog for Beeswax wreck info
Beeswax project website
Scientists search for buried treasure off the Oregon coast KGW.com article from their news feature in May of 2008

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

The Beeswax wreck: First European wreck on the NW Coast

From the olyblog.net:
A public presentation by archaeologist Scott S. Williams

Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 at Noon

State Capital Museum and Outreach Center, 211 – 21st Ave. SW, Olympia
(360) 753-2580

Sometime in the late 17th century a Manila Galleon, carrying tons of beeswax and other cargo destined for the colonies of New Spain, wrecked on the Oregon coast near Nehalem Spit.
Clatsop Indian oral histories tell of the shipwreck and its survivors. Over time the Indians incorporated the cargo into their trading and daily lives. This presentation by Scott S. Williams (Cultural Resources Program manager at WSDOT) will discuss on-going investigations to locate the mysterious wreck and document it.

This public program is part of the “Adventures in Northwest History and Archaeology” series at the State Capital Museum.

Admission to each lecture is $2.

You are welcome to bring lunch. Coffee and tea will be served.

Links:
Oly Blog article
Dead Reckoning the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart at NW Limited…History in Vogue