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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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”

Fisher Poets 2009 in Astoria, Oregon

This weekend, February 27, 28 and March 1, Fisher Poets schedule for the 2009 event includes poetry readings, slide shows,  music, workshops, an open boat tour and more.

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)


Stay abreast of the happenings at the website above, don’t miss the rare gathering of those that live life on the edge and the writings inspired by their unique lifestyle.

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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

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

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