Unfortunately Mother's 1954 trip diary falls silent about the time we spent while we were in Oregon and Washington but I had just turned 7 so I have some memory of this occasion. It was cold, the wind was blowing and I didn't want to be on that deck--you could feel it every time a wave hit the stern. No doubt that's why I was clinging tightly to that stanchion. (I also remember my red rubber boots.)
[All from my personal collection]
Of course I didn't know the name of the vessel but the internet has provided me with more information about the wreck.
[Date: Thursday, February 25, 1954 Paper: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, Washington) Page: 47
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[INTREPID - Square-Rigger and then a barge on the beach.
Postcards from the archives of the S. P. H. S.©]
And from this undated postcard it's clear my unease wasn't completely misplaced.
[Shipwreck Intrepid Long Beach, Washington Original Vintage Postcard
by CardCow Vintage Postcards]
If you're interested in learning more about this perilous coast, here are several excellent websites: Graveyard of the Pacific; Shipwrecks: Graveyards of the Pacific; and Log of the Saltwater People Historical Society. In case you missed it here's a link to an earlier post about the perils of the Southern Oregon coastline here.
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