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Posted on Jul 29, 2013 | 19 comments

Photo Essay: Shipwreck Beach Oregon

Photo Essay: Shipwreck Beach Oregon

Our day exploring wasn’t over with our visit up the Oregon Coast when we headed towards Shipwreck Beach. Visitors to Fort Stevens, Oregon, can visit the remains of a ship that sank off the coast of Oregon some years ago, commonly referred to as Shipwreck Beach. Surprisingly, even though Drew grew up in Oregon, he had never been to Shipwreck Beach. I was determined to change that!

shipwreck beach

History of Shipwreck Beach

The ship, Iredale, a four-masted iron and steel barque, sailed from Salina Cruz, Mexico, with 1,000 tons of ballast, and a crew of 27, including two stowaways, on September 26, 1906. She was bound for Portland, to pick up a cargo of wheat for the United Kingdom.

shipwreck beach

On October 25th, 1906, the ship entered into the mouth of the Columbia River as a thick fog came in over a rising tide. As the wind veered to the west, and the ship was trying to move away from the shore she was struck by a heavy squall.

shipwreck beach

shipwreck beach

The Iredale ran aground, hitting so hard that three of her masts snapped from the impact. Fortunately, none of the crew were seriously injured. It was a dangerous task, but a team of men were sent to rescue all 27 of the crew, including the two stowaways, with complete success.

shipwreck beach

shipwreck beach

A First to Shipwreck Beach

Being Drew’s first time to Shipwreck Beach, we fully took in the shipwreck, walking around it, studying the decay, and making out the full length of the ship. We talked about what the ship may have been and how it could have looked not knowing any of the story behind the shipwreck. We saw it for what it was before our eyes; a shipwreck over 100 years old.

shipwreck beach

shipwreck beach

Have you ever seen a shipwreck?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes


Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.

19 Comments

  1. This is so cool–I would love to see a shipwreck. Looks like a pretty beach too. It’s always fun thinking about what the ship was like before it sunk or what other ships have transported similar things.
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  2. Aw man, I LOVE me some shipwrecks! Never seen any you could walk up to, but have seen plenty in the waters in Aruba, Bermuda, Curacao, Ft Lauderdale, etc. Would love to get our Advanced Open Water Diver certification so we could Scuba dive some in the future.
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  3. Amazing photos as always guys! If you ever get to the Pacific Islands you should spend some time in the Solomon Islands – WWII Shipwrecks which are still beached on the coastlines!
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  4. I must admit, I have visited this shipwreck many, many times growing up but I never knew the story! My hubby is from Boise and hasn’t been, I think it’s about time we make the 1.5 hour trip from Longview, WA. :D
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