Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens

Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens

At the Oregon Coast. A sunny day.

Behold, what do we see. The poor remains of the gallant Peter Iredale.

A better, closer look. You can buy a poster or print of this picture here.

How she got here;

“On October 25, 1905, 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.”

“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 a popular attraction that lives on as a well-known landmark on the northern Oregon Coast.”

And why she’s important. (Not really, but any piece of education we can give is something.)

In 1960, there was some amount of controversy over the wreck, as an Oregon City man claimed his father had purchased the remains for salvage.

Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens

But after some litigation, and searching through public records, things turned out for the better, and the Peter Iredale remains a tourist destination for thousands of people every year.

Peter Iredale wreck at Sunset

Peter Iredale wreck at Sunset

Driftwood Stump

PT Boat Wreck – Dismal Nitch, Washington

PT Boat Wreck – Dismal Nitch, Washington

I know nothing about this boat, or why it’s here. The best guess I have is that it was brought here to be broken up into scrap. There seemed to be a lot of other scrap metal in the area so that is most likely.

Despite the no trespassing signs that litter the area, this old boat makes a good picture opportunity from the road.

PT Boat Wreck - Dismal Nitch, Washington

To get there, head over the Astoria-Megler Bridge between Oregon and Washington, then turn right. The boat is hidden behind a small cape, so watch the rear view mirror.

Another question though, is “Dismal Nitch?” Yes that is this area’s real name. First used by Lewis and Clark in November 1805. Clark writes on November 10th, 1805:

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USS Hornet Museum at Alameda Naval Air Station

USS Hornet Museum at Alameda Naval Air Station

One of the smartest things the US Navy has done is to release decommissioned Naval Ships into continued service as Museums. But none have the history of the aircraft carrier, USS Hornet (CV-12). Currently docked at the Alameda Naval Air Station which has been made famous by the guys on Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters. The Air Station is across the bay from San Francisco, the USS Hornet is actually the eight US Naval Ship to bear the name.

The long tradition of history behind the name “Hornet” was started in 1805 by the second USS Hornet during the First Barbary War. She was part of the squadron that bombarded the cities of Derna and Tripoli. These actions forced the Pasha to accept terms of peace.

It was not until WWII, when the first Aircraft Carrier to carry the name launched the Doolittle Raid, fought at Midway and Guadalcanal, and was finally lost at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. After she was sunk, the US Navy renamed the then under construction USS Kearsarge to the USS Hornet. She was launched just over a year later, and less then four months after that was participating in the island hopping strategy against the Japanese. She was present at pretty much every important Battle in the Pacific, including Iwo Jima and the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

After World War II, she saw action in Vietnam, and was the carrier that picked up both the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 Capsules.

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In addition to the ship being a museum piece, there are several aircraft on it’s deck and in it’s flight hanger.

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They even have a display about the Apollo Program, including this very rare customized NASA Decontamination AirStream Trailer that was “home” for the astronauts after they returned to earth.

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On top of the ship itself, the view is pretty amazing.

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Lastly, the USS Hornet keep good company.

The SS Keystone State on one side.

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On the other side, the MV Cape Henry.

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And behind it, the Woban Class District Harbor Tug, Mazapeta.
Mazapeta

Overall I think this was among the most enjoyable Museum ships I’ve been on, and solidifies my belief even more that such ships should be saved as much as possible. After seeing the USS Hornet, I hope that the troubles with the USS Ranger get taken care of and she ends up in Portland.

Portland Rose Festival Ships

Portland Rose Festival Ships

One of Portland’s longest traditions is the annual Rose Festival. And one of the Rose Festival’s longest traditions is the arrival of the Fleet. These days the number of ships is a lot less, and a lot less impressive then in earlier days, but never the less it’s still a tradition that Portland looks forward too.

This first picture is the US Army Corp of Engineer’s Hopper Dredge “Essayons.” It was delivered to the Portland District in 1983 and is a highly automated ship. It’s job is to clear sand bars and channels at river entrances up and down the entire West Coast.

Hopper Dredge "Essayons"

This is PT658. It is stationed permanently in Portland, at the docks near Swan Island. She never saw any action, and barely dodged being sent to Russia as part of a “lend-lease” program. I’m not sure why she has the camouflage paint scheme now. Last time I saw her was still in traditional Navy Grey.

PT 658

Behind the Burnside Bridge are the US Navy Ships. Visible are the USS Ingraham, USS McClusky, and behind them is the USS Lake Champlain.

Portland Rose Festival Ships

Olympic Sunset

Olympic Sunset

This Olympic Sunset was taken at the end of Summer in 2010. It is taken from Golden Gardens Park in Seattle Washington. The mountains in the background are the Olympic mountains on the west side of Puget Sound.

Olympic Sunset

Golden Gardens Park was developed by Harry W. Treat in 1907 as an destination attraction at the end of an electric train line. Realtors built the train to so that people would visit the secluded wooded park and beach would be introduced to available real estate along the line. The bathhouse in the park was built in the 1930s, and designated as a historic landmark in 2005 by the City of Seattle.

In 1967, six bands played at “Be-in” at Golden Gardens. The stage was a flatbed truck with power provided by a portable generator. 2000 people from all walks of life saw the show. The bands were “Brick,” “Karma,” “The Daily Flash,” “The Time Machine,” “Pappa Beat’s Medicine Show,” and lastly, “The Grateful Dead.”

Can you imagine this Olympic Sunset during that show?

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