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.

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

The HMS Bounty stopped in Astoria

The HMS Bounty was here July 15-17, 2008, and has now left headed south.
If you’d like to find out where the HMS Bounty is currently located, please click here: HMS Bounty Schedule (from their website) and HMS Bounty Locator (A locator also hosted on the HMS Bounty’s website)
If you’d like one of our shipwreck charts, please feel free to give a call or email: 503-338-6056 or bill@nwlimited.com

The HMS Bounty at anchor in the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon July 15, 2008

The HMS Bounty at anchor in the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon on July 15, 2008-Bounty has stopped over on her way from Port Alberni, BC on 9 day trip to attend San Francisco Tall Ships celebration July 22-27.

The historic HMS Bounty had been scheduled to attend the Tall Ships event in Ilwaco, WA, last month, but could not arrive in time on her way from Bodega Bay, California though the crew battled a monstrous headwind for days to try and make the event.

Needless to say, better late than never!  

We Astorians, and those lucky enough to be in the vicinity, were treated to the sight of a historic “star” such as the HMS Bounty anchored up just north of the shipping channel. 
These photos were taken July 15, 2008.

The HMS Bounty moored at 17th street pier near the Columbia River Maritime Museum and alongside a US Coast Guard cutter

The HMS Bounty moored at 17th street pier near the Columbia River Maritime Museum and alongside a US Coast Guard cutter

The HMS Bounty was built in 1960-1961 in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia; she was christened on 8/28/1961.  Created for the movie starring Marlon Brando, “Mutiny on the Bounty”, she has also been featured in Pirates of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, Treasure Island, and Sponge Bob Square Pants the Movie! 
The helm is original, from the 1935 movie in which Clark Gable also starred.

 

Quote from www.tallshipsbounty.org: “Known for a maritime mutiny that took place over 200 years ago, Bounty remains famous and infamous. Thousands cross her ample decks during port visits wondering what life was like then and now. You know her from her modern movies as well. In 1960, it was Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty. Today, it is Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest. ”

The Bounty will again cross beneath the Astoria-Megler bridge on her way back over the Columbia River bar, also known as The Pacific Graveyard when she departs

The Bounty will again cross beneath the Astoria-Megler bridge on her way back over the Columbia River bar, also known as "The Pacific Graveyard" when she departs

 

 

After San Francisco, the Bounty is also scheduled to attend the Festival of Sail in San Diego, California along with the USCG Cutter Eagle, which was here last month.

 

We wish her well on the next leg of her journey, and hope that you enjoyed the pictures.

Links:
HMS Bounty homepage
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Columbia River Maritime Museum website

Love tall ships and sailing, maritime history in general?
Why not inquire about a Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart for your own?
Information to the right, or click our logo to visit our site!

Grand Opening-Columbia River Coffee Roaster’s Company Store

Exterior of Columbia River Coffee Roasters Company Store (doesnt show the cool weathervane, but the signs up!)

Exterior of Columbia River Coffee Roaster's Company Store (doesn't show the cool weathervane, but the sign's up!)

 Grand opening day at Columbia River Coffee Roaster’s Company Store (July 5) was great fun:
Live music, the ability to sample a multitude of delectable baked goods, ogle some fresh art and of course the aroma of freshly-roasting coffee beans is intoxicating.
The weather may have been drizzly out of doors,
 
but the overall mood inside the Columbia River
Coffee Roaster is always cheery and bright.  
Smells great!

Smells great!

    If not, then we know what true “liquid sunshine” really is! THUNDERMUCK!

Dead Reckoning Shipwreck Chart...thanks for letting us hang!

Dead Reckoning Shipwreck Chart...thanks for letting us hang!

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).
Links:
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

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and Privateer Lynx pictures

American flag flies at the stern of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle
Old Glory framed against a blue sky, rippling in a northwesterly breeze and flying proudly on the United States Coast Guard cutter Eagle as she is moored alongside the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.
Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, tall ship visiting Astoria, Oregon

 

 

The barque Eagle as seen from the Columbia River Maritime Museum on 6 June, 2008.
(Click for larger version)
Lightship Columbia, moored alongside, looks small in comparison to the 295′ long ship.

 

View of the stern of the ship, showing the draft markings at the hull

The Eagle was commissioned originally for the German Navy as the Horst Wessel in 1936.
Taken by the US as a war prize after WWII, she was re-commissioned in 1946 for the USCG.
More information on the Eagle’s history at this link
Click the image for a larger version.

 The rigging and mast of the USCG Cutter Eagle

Name plaque on the barque EagleThree ship's wheels!

The fuzzy stuff is called “baggywrinkle” and it is
designed to decrease chafing of the sailsBaggywrinkle in the rigging of the Cutter EagleThe 1812 Privateer Lynx under sail on the Columbia River

The 1812 Privateer Lynx under full sail on the Columbia River.

The tall ship Eagle turning on anchor, preparing to leave Astoria, Oregon

 

 

The USCG Cutter Eagle pivoting on anchor, turning from her Eastward-pointing direction as she prepares to depart out the mouth of the Columbia River, and navigate the waters of the Pacific Graveyard, where the bones of many ships and fishing vessels repose.

The barque pointed west on the columbia River near Astoria, Oregon
Pointed west, the barque then rides the ebb tide to the Pacific Ocean.

The USCG Cutter Eagle, escorted by an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

The Eagle departing Astoria, escorted by an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

(click image at left for a larger version)

 Links:

Pictures and video on the USCG Press Release Page
If you love maritime history, sailing and boats in general, or know someone who does, have a look at our shipwreck chart, available for purchase: Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard.
 

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.

Links:
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)

Sailing? Not on Friday the 13th

Legend and superstition of the maritime world suggest that a Friday is not the best day to begin a voyage:
“Sailors prefer not to set sail on Fridays. This superstition comes from the Norse myths, for that was when evil witches gathered. To sail on Friday the thirteenth was to doubly jinx the voyage. The seventeenth and the twenty-ninth of any month, however, were good days to set sail, particularly if the sailors’ voyage would last many months.”
It’s possible that some of the ships depicted on Dead Reckoning at their sinking, grounding or disappearance were intrepid enough (or that other “i” word) to leave on a Friday…maybe even chanced a Friday the 13th?
Detail of Dead Reckoning showing the Columbia River Bar area
If you are departing today, make sure to pack your raft!

Links:
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard Purchase your shipwreck chart, here.
Friday the Thirteenth History
Legends and Superstitions of the Sea

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.

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

US Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE to visit Astoria

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle tall ship under sail off the coast of Oregon
The Coast Guard Academy’s three masted training Barque, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle (WIX 327), sets sails off the coast of Oregon during the 1999 summer trip. The cutter, which is homeported in New London, Conn., holds the distinction of being the largest tall ship to fly the Stars and Stripes. USCG photo by BORTHWICK, BRUCE YN1

ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will be in Astoria and open for public tours from June 12 until June 16. This is Eagle’s first visit to Astoria since 1999, and a unique opportunity to climb aboard an extremely unique Tall Ship. Public tours are tentatively scheduled as follows:
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Thursday June 12: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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Friday June 13: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Saturday June 14: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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Sunday June 15: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) is a 295′ barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American government service. She is the seventh U.S. Navy or Coast Guard ship to bear the name in a line dating back to 1792.
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Each summer, Eagle conducts cruises with cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School for periods ranging from a week to two months. These cruises fulfill multiple roles; the primary mission is training the cadets and officer candidates, but the ship also performs a public relations role. Often, Eagle makes calls at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador.
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“U.S. Coast Guard, when things are at their worst, we’re at our best. ”
Link to NW Limited’s Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart:
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard