Peter Iredale Shipwreck

wreck of Peter Iredale
Wreck in April 2014
Peter Iredale
Soon after grounding

This British sailing ship ran aground on the Clatsop Spit near Warrenton, Oregon, on October 25, 1906. The ship was bound for Portland, Oregon; and it was carrying ballast from Salina Cruz, Mexico, with a crew of 27, including two stowaways. The ship came past the Tillamook Rock lighthouse and heavy winds blew it ashore. All hands were rescued by a lifesaving crew from nearly Point Adams. The ship was going to be towed back to sea, but by the time the weather was good enough to tow it, the ship had listed to the left and become embedded in the sand.

There is a most interesting story about the wreck in the book Oregon Shipwrecks by Don Marshall regarding a dispute over the ownerhip of Peter Iredale and plans to remove the remains to scrap it or to haul it to Lincoln City to be re-assemble and preserved or to put it on display in from the the Clackamas County courthouse.

You can still see the remains of the ship where it ran aground. Go to Fort Stevens State Park and look for signs directing you to the shipwreck. It is picturesque and much photographed.

By Martha Van Natta

- - Updated 4/30/2014