Near Hammond in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Peter Iredale
The Peter Iredale was built in 1890 during the transitional period before wooden sail powered vessels were replaced with all metal steamships. Advances in iron and steel forging marked the start of the Industrial Revolution, and the end of the era of wooden sailing ships. Constructed of steel plates over iron frames, steel masts, and a partial iron deck, the Peter Iredale was a typical example of technology in transition.
Many steel hulled sailing ships built in the early 1900s were converted to steam-powered vessels. However, the Peter Iredale already in service for 16 years, would soon have been retired had she not run aground.
The Peter Iredale & John Porter Line was part of the Pacific Coast Wheat Fleet, transporting grain from the Pacific Northwest to Australia, and coal and wool to England. Peter Iredale and John Porter owned 24 ships similar to the Peter Iredale, including the Astoria. After the wreck of the Peter Iredale the PI&P Line diminished. Sea losses, low sales, and the advent of modern steamships all took their toll.
Erected by Oregon State Parks.
Location. 46° 10.675′ N, 123° 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 Wreck of 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. • Waterways & Vessels •
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 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.