Shame on the Ear for letting a local landmark date slip by without some fanfare and recognition — namely, the 111th anniversary of the wreck of the Peter Iredale on Clatsop Spit at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 1906.
Capt. H. Lawrence, his crew and two stowaways escaped unharmed, rescued almost immediately by the hearty souls at the Point Adams Life Saving Station. Several of the stranded mariners were taken to Fort Stevens, and all of them eventually made their way to Astoria.
The shipwreck caused quite a stir, The Daily Morning Astorian reported Oct. 26: “Everybody in the coast country … literally swarmed out to render what assistance they might to the imperiled crew, and, as is usually the case in such matters, nearly all were equipped with big, or little, bottles of liquor, which … was altogether too generously applied, and to the ultimate discomfiture of several of the Iredale’s crew, who were too drunk to make good with the rest of their fellows in reaching this city.”
According to the Oregon History Project, a few weeks later, the captain and his officers were cleared by the Naval Court at the British Vice-Consulate in Astoria of any possible wrongdoing in causing the wreck (http://tinyurl.com/IreOHP).
Note: Also in the Oct. 26 edition, the Astorian prophetically declared “the wreck of the Iredale will be one of the sights for some time to come … and thousands will avail themselves of the opportunity to see her, riven, dismantled, inert and abandoned, high on the raw coast.”