Near Manzanita in Tillamook County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Place of Mystery And Romance
The Beeswax Wreck
Early in the 1800's, local native People brought beeswax to Astoria to trade. There were no honeybees here then - so were did the beeswax come from? They said it came from a big ship that had washed up on Nehalem Spit.
People have continued to find beeswax here, along with teak ship timbers and Chinese porcelain. Today, archaeologists say the ship was a Spanish galleon, one of hundreds that brought exotic goods from the Philippines to Mexico in exchange for New World silver between 1565 and 1815.
Beeswax was especially valuable because candles were an important light source. Scientists theorize that a tsunami in 1700 may have scattered the wax and possibly the wreck, as well.
The local native People told another story: There's a pirate treasure trunk buried on the Mountain! The spot is marked with an inscribed rock and guarded by the ghost of a man who was buried with the treasure.
Treasure hunters have searched the Mountain, finding stones with markings, like this one (top center) - but no treasure.
On a clear, calm, sunny day in October of 1913, the Glenesslin sailed onto the rocks of Neahkahnie Mountain and eventually sank. Did the ship get caught in a current or a wind pattern? Or did the captain sail into the Mountain on purpose? Nobody knows.
Erected by Oregon Department of Transportation.
Location. 45° 44.603′ N, 123° 57.485′ W. Marker is near Manzanita, Oregon, in Tillamook County. Marker is on Oregon Coast Highway (Route 101) near Meadow Loop, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manzanita OR 97130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First People (here, next to this marker); From Footpath to Highway (a few steps from this marker); Safety and Beauty (within shouting distance of this marker); Oswald West (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neahkahnie Mountain (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Oswald West (about 800 feet away); Roosevelt Elk (about 800 feet away); In Harmony with Nature (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manzanita.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.