Astoria in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Columbia River Bar
The Columbia River Bar is considered by professional mariners to be the most dangerous bar crossing on the planet.
The Pilot Boat Peacock was built in 1964 based on a German North Sea rescue boat design. Put into service on the Columbia River in 1967, this special boat enabled the bar pilots to work in all but the most extreme weather. During her 33 years of hard service, she ferried bar pilots to and from more than 120,000 commercial ships.
"No single vessel has had a more profound impact on the economy of the Columbia River basin than the Pilot Boat Peacock."
-Bar Pilot Captain Thron Riggs
Location. 46° 11.378′ N, 123° 49.226′ W. Marker is in Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker is at the intersection of Marine Drive and 20th Street, on the left when traveling east on Marine Drive. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the Pilot Boat Peacock, a public outdoor exhibit at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria OR 97103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pilot Boat Peacock (here, next to this marker); A Great Artery of Transportation (approx. ¼ mile away); A Waterfront at Work (approx. ¼ mile away); Into the Unknown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ranald MacDonald (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Original Settlement of Astoria (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Astoria (approx. 0.3 miles away); 14th Street Ferry Slip (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Astoria.
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1. Graveyard of the Pacific.
The Columbia River Bar, where the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River meet, can be a navigational nightmare. Since 1792, approximiately 2,000 ships have sunk in this area, earning it the nickname "Graveyard of the Pacific." Water, weather, and geography work together at times to make the bar treacherous. (Submitted on January 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Columbia River Bar Pilots.
The Columbia River Bar Pilots were established in 1846 to ensure the safety of ships, crews and cargoes crossing the treacherous Columbia River Bar, which is recognized as one of the most dangerous and challenging navigated stretches of water in the world. The volume of water flowing from the Columbia (Submitted on January 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Crossing the Columbia River Bar.
Many of the early European explorers who were looking for the mythical Columbia River, such as Heceta, Cook, and Vancouver, missed the mouth of the river. The British fur trader John Meares sighted what he thought was a large river in July, 1788. He tried to cross the Bar, but abandoned the attempt due to the dangerously large breakers. He waited for a time for the seas to calm, but eventually concluded that the fresh water must be from a bay rather than a river. He named the northern cape Disappointment and the “bay” Deception. He recorded in his journal: “We can now assert that there is no such river.” (Submitted on January 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.