Astoria Regatta 2008

At 7 pm tonight, August 6, 2008, coronation events will kick off the Regatta festival here in Astoria.
Sailboat races, children’s parade, USCG SAR demonstration, Bumble Bee Cannery worker’s reunion, historic home tours, concerts and fireworks over the Columbia River are a sampling of the events planned as part of the 4-day celebration.

The Columbia River is also the center of the Pacific Graveyard, and this small detail area of NW Limited...History in Vogue's shipwreck chart illustrates that.  Charts are available by calling 503-338-6056 or email

The Columbia River is also the center of the Pacific Graveyard, and this small detail area of NW Limited...History in Vogue's shipwreck chart illustrates the why. Charts are available by calling 503-338-6056 or email

What is the Regatta Festival? 
A celebration of the river and it’s history intertwined with the people who have lived, live and will live here along the waterfront. 

The lighthouse which used to occupy Desdemona Sands just West of the present-day Astoria-Megler bridge

The lighthouse which used to occupy Desdemona Sands just West of the present-day Astoria-Megler bridge

Times change, but the river itself has remained constant in its own ever-changing landscape.  The types of boats and ships that traverse the currents is different, and navigation aids slow their losses.  Commerce threatens to change it drastically, and development always perches on a precarious edge of greed versus aesthetics. 
One thing will never change, and those are the names and dates recorded; the history that has dictated our arrival here and now, and which is being made at this very moment:

from NW Limited…History in VogueTM!!

Events wrap up Sunday.
Swing by Astoria’s Sunday Market to our booth across from the Elliot Hotel/in front of Lucy’s Books (look for the green awning) to purchase
Dead Reckoning for yourself.


Astoria Regatta Website (schedule and information available)
114th Regatta Festival at North Coast Oregon

Dead Reckoning radio ad

Just sailing through

Author Eric Soyland stopped into the Columbia River Coffee Roaster this a.m., and as he enjoyed his coffee and wireless access, looked up to become acquainted with the chart.
As fate would have it, Bill walked in the door at just the right moment, and Eric and he shook hands. Kudos was given to the creator of the chart he’d just been enjoying.

Erics sailboat, Sierra

Eric's sailboat, Sierra

Eric is a sailor, diver, surfer and lover of the sea. Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard naturally drew him in, and captured his imagination.

Admiration for the chart! Thanks for the book, Eric!
Admiration for the chart!

Later that day, Eric returned and left a copy of his book, “Ocean of Adventure” for Bill and even autographed it. Eric and his friend Erica, accompanied by their dog, Mr. Free, are traveling from Ketchikan, Alaska to San Francisco, California by sailboat and stopped in Astoria for a taste of local culture.”
They encountered the best!

Eric converses while seated at the best spot in the house

Eric converses while seated at the best spot in the house

Fair winds and following seas to Eric and company…

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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)


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.

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:
Thursday June 12: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday June 13: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday June 14: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday June 15: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.

“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

Wreck of the Lupatia – Jan. 3, 1881

An excerpt from NW Limited’s ‘Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard’ chart reads:
“Lupatia -1/3/1881- British bark: A south-easterly gale throws Lupatia onto Tillamook reef; a dog survives -16 dead”

One can imagine her final hours. A bleak, January night with the wind and surf shattering her against the rocks mere weeks before the Tillamook Lighthouse, a/k/a “Terrible Tilly” was to be lit.
The crew working on construction of that lighthouse saw Lupatia’s running lights as she approached.  In the near-miss incident,  they could hear Lupatia’s crew shouting orders of “Hard apart!” as they scrambled to keep her off the rock which so desperately needed a light as warning. 
 The construction crew kindled fires, and used lanterns to try and assist the captain as he navigated the rock-strewn reef.   Narrowly missing the rock itself, she disappeared into the darkness.
Lupatia’s debris littered the rocks below the nearly complete lighthouse the following morning.  16 lives lost…
 Would her fate have been the same had her captain had that light to use as guide?
 Unlike the Peter Iredale, or the George L. Olson, nothing remains of the Lupatia, no structure to climb and explore, no resting place to visit.
NW Limited’s historic achievement of the most detailed and complete shipwreck chart to date, immortalizes her.
The lithograph alone is a great place to start when looking for shipwreck history, but the framed and matted version  (left) is an adventure of its own with its photographs of shipwrecks, United States Coast Guard insignia and USPS stamp, the lost fishing vessels and more, all displayed within a high-quality, hand-finished frame.

Each chart is custom-built by Bill Brooks of NW Limited in Astoria, Oregon and no two will be exactly alike.
While you can’t take home the George L. Olson,
or the bowsprit of the Peter Iredale, you can
have “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard,” your own magnificent gathering of maritime history in the Pacific Northwest. or 503-338-8215