Travel Theme: Spooky
Posted by Jody on October 29, 2012
OK, so maybe we’re not really talking “spooky” here. It really would have been bone-chillingly scary though, for the officers and crew of the Peter Iredale, a four-masted steel barque that was headed for Portland, Oregon on October 25, 1906. Due to the deadly combination of the rising tide, dense fog, strong winds and rough seas, the Peter Iredale ran aground in the dark of that fateful night. Interestingly enough, not one soul was lost among the ship’s crew of 27, including two stowaways. With any other fate, this scene might have been considered quite eerie!
Over one hundred years since it ran aground, the bones of the Peter Iredale’s rusted bow and masts are still visible jutting out from the sandy beach at Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton, Oregon. Easily accessible, this shipwreck is a crowd-pleasing tourist stop, especially if one is interested in the history and lore of the Graveyard of the Pacific. It certainly was a thriller for me!
To find the remains of the Peter Iredale: When heading north on Oregon Hwy 101 from Seaside veer left onto Columbia Beach Road/Ridge Road. Turn left on Peter Iredale Road. It’s a short jaunt over the dunes to the shipwreck from the rather large parking lot. The route is very well signed. Restrooms are available here.
Maryport Sailing Ship Peter Iredale (Mighty Seas)
Transcript of the Naval Court findings (Issued in London by the Board of Trade on the 24th December 1906.)
Graveyard of the Pacific (Oregon State Parks)
This week’s Travel Theme is “Spooky.”