Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay ca. 1971-1973: Were you there?

We received this note from reader Dan Hubbard:

“I was stationed at CG Tillamook Bay from 1971-1793 and was Coxswain of CG44369. It was a terrifying and exhilerating experience at time, but the rewards far outdistanced the struggles. The comraderie between the people stationed there was incredible and I will never forget the Station’s dogs (Duke and Duke Jr.). I would be interested to find out where some of the other people who were there are today and what they are doing. If you were there, please e-mail be and let me know what is happening in your life.”

Leave a comment here and we’ll forward it or email to glenda.dan.hubbard@gmail.com

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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)

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

March in the Pacific Graveyard

“George W. Prescott -3/9/1902- Schooner: Founders off the Columbia- 1 dead”

106 years ago on this day in history, the Pacific Graveyard claimed another life and ship. The insatiable appetite of the river’s mouth is plainly evident on the shipwreck chart by NW Limited…History in VogueTM.
The names listed there represent so much more than initially meets the eye…


The next day, March 10, in 1875 the bark Architect was lost. $8500 ( approximately $154,136.99 by today’s reckoning) worth of ship was salvaged for a paltry $52.00 (or $942.96 today).
Just five years later, the Delharrie would also be lost, and $112,000 investment is gone. That would be akin to a  $2,463,824.00 loss in 2008.Luckily, these events are less frequent now, with the advent of dredging and modern navigation aids.  The challenges of fog, weather and shifting channels have been minimized, not to mention the mitigating presence of the United States Coast Guard.
The Columbia River bar, known aptly as the Pacific Graveyard will never be fully appeased, however, and continues to claim lives and vessels.

Framed, matted with photographs,
stamps and the list of lost fishing vessels,
to name a few of the extras you get with
this shipwreck chart option.

$500 (that’s $27.57 in 1875 money)

Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay

March 7, 2008 marked Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay’s 100-year Anniversary!
On this date in 1908, Barview Lifesaving Station was established on the then-largest unprotected section of Oregon coastline. 
Capt. Robert Farley was the Keeper, beginning Mar. 7, 1908 and served in that capacity until May of 1934.
The original station was located one and a half miles north of Garibaldi.  Sold to a private party in 1942, another was then built. 
In 1981,  Station Tillamook Bay was inaugurated along with a boathouse and haul-out facility.
Historic photographs, movies, and the station’s scrap book were displayed as part of the celebration.  A search-and-rescue demonstration was planned as well as tours of boats, station and equipment. 
NW Limited was there to honor this prestigious occasion!  
Here are a few pictures:

A memorial to the 11 lives lost on the Taki Tooo and other boats and lives lost on the Tillamook Bar (seen in the distance behind the memorial itself on the horizon)

The bell from the wreck of the Glenesslin, one of the most famous shipwrecks along this stretch of coastline.

SAR demonstration, which is tricky in any kind of weather…just imagine the wind blowing 70 knots and swells of 30 ft. It happens! These are the guys to call!

Just one of the many pages of memorabilia representing events these men and women have responded to. If you click the image above, it should bring up a readable image.
The personal notes from the loved ones of the lost lives are heartbreaking, but represent the very real risk in light of life amidst the elements of the Oregon coast.

NW Limited’s “Dead Reckoning” chart was one of the stars of this presentation of Oregon coast and Coast Guard history, and received much admiration for the sheer volume of history presented in such a beautiful manner.
(Click on the above photo to be taken to a slide show with more photos from the event.)
The United States Coast Guard provides our country with priceless dedication to patrolling our waterways, performing above and beyond the call of duty to ensure safety of boaters, the public, also security of country.
We at NW Limited…History in VogueTM thank you for that, and for including us in your special day.

Links:
The United States Coast Guard History in the Columbia River Area
U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay to Celebrate 100-year anniversary March 7 (Daily Astorian)
USCG Station Tillamook Bay Area Familiarization Photo Gallery

Welcome to 2008

NW Limited…History in VogueTM has had a busy year in 2007.  We were at Sunday Market through monsoons and heat waves, and will be there again in 2008.  NW Limited could be found at the Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival as well as various other local and regional events.  More importantly, our History in VogueTM line has been expanded greatly this past year.

2007 saw the final phases of  “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” shipwreck chart.  The Beatles, the Jamestown, Virgina map (a celebration of the quadricentennial), Star Wars, Yoda, and Jimmy Stewart have joined the lineup also. Whew!
The Lewis & Clark maps, all three variations, are nearing the end of their availability.  DC and Marvel comics are still available with many new events included in their respective editions. The Beatles pieces continue to be extremely popular.  American Motorcycle just keeps getting better, and the USS Ronald Reagan is also still available for purchase.
2008, however, has brought the shipwreck chart full circle, and it is now complete, and ready to be presented to the public after four years of research and development.  The  lithographs are ready to go right now.  A substantial 33″ long by 17″ wide, the chart is the largest piece to date. 
They will be shipped in a 4″ tube along with a letter signed by the creator, Bill Brooks. 
Contact Bill at bill@nwlimited.com to find out how you can score one for yourself, though they also make a stellar gift. 
“Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” is the ultimate representation of north coast and lower Columbia River history, spanning the earliest years of maritime history on up to present day.  500 of these beautiful charts are available as lithographs. 
For the serious enthusiast, the framed, matted and custom version of Dead Reckoning will be available very soon for purchase.  When framed, they will be an impressive 44″ X 22″ of unparalleled maritime history.  (click to see detail area of the prototype)
We are taking reservations for those, now.  There will only be 500 framed to go around as well, for a total of 1000 in the first printing. 

To see our Hollywood-related pieces, you can go to Video Horizons in Astoria.  While you’re looking for a couple hours’ entertainment to rent, take home a piece of Hollywood history forever.  There are Star Wars, Yoda and Jimmy Stewart currently on display as well as the Easy Rider variation of American Motorcycle. 
Don’t forget that NW Limited pieces  include USPS first-day-issue stamps and postmarks.  A postmark is only available once in a lifetime.  We always start with high-quality or rare images, and (in some instances) vintage memorabilia.  They are completely unique in that they encompass a wide range of collectability as well as being singularly beautiful displays.
Some of these editions will have authentic, original autographs available, so if you’re looking for something special in these categories, contact Bill Brooks.
These tributes are the epitome of History in VogueTM!

Thank you for visiting.
Come back frequently to stay abreast of developments, new releases, and where you can find NW Limited…History in VogueTM to experience the WOW for yourself. 

(Underlined links are clickable so you can see examples of these pieces.  Some are still available,though in many cases they have been sold.  Inquiries are always welcome!)