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Near Hammond in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Wreck of the Peter Iredale

 
 
The Wreck of the <i>Peter Iredale</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
1. The Wreck of the Peter Iredale Marker
Captions: ( bottom, second from the left) The Peter Iredale was sold to Pacific Iron Works of Astoria for scrap. Most of her hull was dismantled, but the forward section was left intact.; (bottom center) After 54 years on the beach, the bowsprit was removed in 1960 for safety reasons.
Inscription. On October 25, 1906, with an empty cargo hold and only 28 days out of Salina Cruz Mexico, the Peter Iredale ran aground. Bound for Portland and a new load of cargo, Captain H. Lawrence offered his crew a bonus if they cut five days off the normal sailing time.
Perfect sailing conditions allowed them to make good time, and the crew anticipated a rewarding voyage. Nearing their destination, they encountered a strong southwest storm. The captain gave the order to stand off the mouth of the Columbia. A few hours past midnight, the Peter Iredale was lost as a gust of wind pushed her into a surging mass of waves breaking on shore. The ship's bottom raked the sand, crashing sections of the main mast, rigging, blocks, and tackle onto the deck, Tossed in the surf, the ship struck bottom for good, the remaining masts snapping as she came to rest. bar Miraculously, no hands were lost during the thundering shower of rigging pounding the deck. The ship, however, was declared a total loss. For the most part, the wreck of the Peter Iredale was unremarkable, merely reflecting navigational problems in bad weather. Her fame came as a popular attraction on the northern Oregon coast.
 
Erected by Oregon State Parks.
 
Location. 46° 10.675′ 
The Wreck of the <i>Peter Iredale</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
2. The Wreck of the Peter Iredale Marker
N, 123° 58.81′ W. Marker is near Hammond, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker can be reached from Peter Iredale Rd near Burma Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hammond OR 97121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Peter Iredale (here, next to this marker); Battery Pratt (approx. 2.1 miles away); Japanese Bombardment (approx. 2.6 miles away); Fort Clatsop (approx. 5.6 miles away); Sacagawea (approx. 5.7 miles away); Winter at Fort Clatsop (approx. 5.7 miles away); Why are Those Poles in the Water? (approx. 5.8 miles away); Astoria Sesquicentennial (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hammond.
 
More about this marker. The marker and the Peter Iredale are in Fort Stevens State Park on the beach at the end of Peter Iredale Road.
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
The Wreck of the <i>Peter Iredale</i> image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
3. The Wreck of the Peter Iredale
The Wreck of the <i>Peter Iredale</i> image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
4. The Wreck of the Peter Iredale
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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