Shipwreck of Peter Iredale along the Oregon Coast



And thither into an infinite ocean
Originally uploaded by Zeb Andrews

Thanks to Zeb Andrews for posting this superb shot of the Peter Iredale, a shipwreck off of the Oregon Coast that has been buried in the sand for 102 years.

Peter Iredale owned his namesake 2000 ton iron framed sailing vessel, part of a shipping fleet based in Liverpool, England.

The ship sailed from Mexico, in September of 1906 headed for Portland, Oregon. Aboard was 1,000 tons of ballast and a crew of 27,which is reported to include two stowaways.

In late October the Captain, named H. Lawrence, noted the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.

As the ship entered the mouth of the Columbia River it became grounded at Clatsop Spit, and after that the ship was driven ashore.

Nobody was injured but efforts to recover the ship failed as it sunk into the sands off the Oregon shore.

In a final toast to the Peter Iredale, the captain said

“May God bless you, and may your bones bleach in the sands.”