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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever seen a shipwreck?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.