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Travel Theme: Spooky

Posted by Jody on October 29, 2012

The beautiful beach at Fort Stevens State Park and visible remains of the Peter Iredale.

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!

The Remains of the Peter Iredale

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!

The Remains of the Peter Iredale

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.

Related links:

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.)

The Oregon History Project

Graveyard of the Pacific (Oregon State Parks)

Fort Stevens State Park

 This week’s Travel Theme is “Spooky.”


14 Responses to “Travel Theme: Spooky”

  1. Joycelyn said

    It is lovely and spooky at the same time Jody… but I still love it! 🙂

    • Jody said

      Thank you! It was one of the highlights of our most recent trip to the Oregon Coast. The beach was absolutely beautiful, wide open and empty.

  2. Barbara said

    Wrecks of ships are great spooky places… you have just reminded me of one of my photos! 🙂 brb

  3. […] Here’s the post that reminded me of my photo, thanks Jody! […]

  4. doityourselfish said

    Spooky, yes. Awesome, certainly! That’s incredible. I’d love to see it in person.

    • Jody said

      It was one of the highlights of this past trip to the coast. We’ve actually passed it by before (yikes), not realizing how awesome it really is. Seeing the Peter Iredale is a must if you’re in the area! ~Thanks for stopping by!

  5. great photos.

  6. Marianne said

    Amazing! And great photos.

  7. That shipwreck skeleton is very spooky indeed. What a lovely coast! One of my very favourite bloggers is from Oregon.

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