Astute observation 2.3

In two-thousand-and-eight, the measure of your status is not how much you make, or how much you have, it is instead how little you owe.

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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.
bill@nwlimited.com or 503-338-8215

Shipwreck Discoveries Continue to Intrigue Beachcombers…

Shipwrecks as history are in vogue, for they are in the news frequently of late. 
Public interest is obvious in the flocks of visitors to see the mystery shipwreck which recently appeared in the Coos Bay area.
  More previously-lost bits of ships are turning up. The unprecedented churning of December’s big storms may be partly to blame.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 In December 2007, a partially-burned shipwreck piece washed ashore near Ocean Shores, Washington.  No identity has been determined for that wreck.  Could it be a vessel previously unidentified, or is it a part of a known shipwreck?

 At left,  one of many featured photos from the framed, matted version of Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard, depicting the Frank W. Howe, which ran aground on North Head.  Two lives were lost as well as the ship and cargo of lumber.

On Presidents Day, two cannons were discovered near Arch Cape, Oregon.
They are believed to be from the USS Shark, a war ship/survey schooner which attempted to cross the Columbia River bar in 1846, and sank there.
The ship is listed in her rightful place on Dead
Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard
which is the most detailed, most beautiful shipwreck chart created to date by Bill Brooks of NW Limited…History in VogueTM.

Bill’s contribution to local history, as well as local culture are commendable for the sheer volume of information available here. 
It must be seen to be believed!

(detail below of the mouth of the river portion of Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard, showing the USS Shark among the multitude of others)

She may have been wrecked at the mouth of the Columbia, but where the USS Shark’s cannons ended up were a secret which the elements chose now to reveal….
or is it the beginning of another saga, the story of another shipwreck altogether?

The discoveries of these wrecks and their wreckage are significant in that these events are the story of all of us, of communities, places and people.  They are a part of our past, present and future.  History. In Vogue!
This quote from the the Oregonian Oregon Blog Live site illustrates well the concept of how shipwrecks have far-reaching effects:
“After it wrecked, part of the ship’s wreckage came ashore near Hug Point. A trio of carronades was among the wreckage. At the time, a Navy sailor was sent to recover the wreckage but he was able to reclaim only one of the cannons. He moved it to higher ground, but it eventually was covered in sand and disappeared until 1898 when it washed ashore. That cannon later became the namesake of Cannon Beach. ”
Archaeologists are requesting that visitors leave the relics where they lie, and not disturb them so that they can better determine their origin. You can, however, have your very own shipwreck chart, which is even better with all the “extras” you will receive in the framed version. (click this link for a preview of this amazing piece of history)
$50 for the lithograph in a tube, and $500 for the framed, matted, intensively detailed version.  There will be 500 of each available. 
Call 503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com  to find out more.

KGW News: Hands off historic cannons near Cannon Beach, archeologists say
OPB News: Beachcombers Find Cannons on Oregon Beach
Pair of Cannons Found on Oregon Coast Could Be From 1846 Ship
Mystery Ship Revealed in Deep Sand Near Coos Bay, OR

Treasure awaits discovery on the coast

Storms eventually give back what they once took.

You don’t need to do much more than look out your window to see that we’ve had a rough winter. 
The evidence is everywhere in landslides, structure damage, trees twisted, bent and shattered.  That same weather has also had the effect of exposing shipwrecks both currently known as well as revealing mysteries.
In mid-December of 2007, a 21-ft. piece of a pre 19th-century, partially-burned shipwreck washed ashore near Ocean Shores, Washington. (click for news link) The wreck that it came from has not been identified, but it could be any number of possibilities in a region rich with stories similar.
If you’ve recently ventured
out to Ft. Stevens, you’ve
likely noticed that the Peter Iredale’s more visible than usual.
The violent action of Winter surf and wind have stripped away her shroud of sand, providing great photo opportunities and sightseeing.
         Hidden for a hundred years, another shipwreck has emerged from the dunes near Coos Bay, Oregon. (link to news story) No one seems yet to be able to indentify the wreck, but its construction dates it to the late 1800s. A schooner-turned-barge once plied the waters of Oregon, disappearing into the sands of a southern beach. Forgotten until the elements exposed her, speculation abounds. The hows, the whys and whens are questions leading the mind along limitless paths of possibility. 


Detail of Dead Reckoning showing some of the positions of shipwrecks at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Shipwreck lore makes fascinating history, rife with romantic notions of treasures lost, of life and death heroism.
In truth, the stories behind these maritime misfortunes range from utter tragedy to simple, uneventful groundings in which all hands merely stepped onto the sand entrapping their ship, and walked ashore. Destinies were changed in light of capricious currents, churlish channels and surprise storms. Each story plays out to an end, though many also carry beginnings along with them:
Place names were gained, sometimes a town was begun where shipwrecks deposited large numbers of survivors in one area.
In more than one instance, a survivor met and married their mate at the site of a wreck, and settled there to become part of the place that claimed the very ship they’d arrived on.
If you do your research, you will find a wealth of true-to-life adventure, even treasure may just be lurking beneath the sand,
or preserved within the Pacific’s depths.

 

 “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” shipwreck chart by NW Limited…History in VogueTM
(click on chart to view the readable, large lithograph only version)


From Tillamook Bay north to Pt. Grenville, the shipwrecks of the Pacific Graveyard are represented on NW Limited…History in Vogue’s “Dead Reckoning” shipwreck chart. Along the left edge, the names, dates and summaries of the wrecks read like prose, leading you into a reverie of maritime history. These are stories of the earliest civilization in this region.  The lithographs are $50.

Before Lewis & Clark arrived, there were already centuries worth of shipwrecks which had occurred and influenced the native people, therefore changing the course of history.
Collaboration with numerous sources including shipwreck author Don Marshall has ensured the best possible representation of date, location and circumstances as well as identity. Many of these are in the process of being researched even now. (see link to the Beeswax Project as example, below).
Not all “treasure” is tangible, after all.
So: chart a course for historic adventure, and intriguing discovery. Own for yourself, or give as a gift, the ultimate piece of local history, “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” by NW Limited…History in VogueTM.
Contact: Bill Brooks 503-338-6056 or email: bill@nwlimited.com
Other links of interest:
Shipwreck Registry of Oregon
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Nehalem Beeswax Wreck Project