Friday, November 22, 2019

Pacific Northwest, Port Orford, Oregon

Back in June, my Darling Daughter and I combined a business trip she had visiting colleges (she's a college counselor) with a drive up the west coast.  It was quite a drive with some beautiful scenery in places, but a very tedious and LONG drive.  Not one I would want to repeat.  The road is narrow, very twisty, and there's next to no way to stop for food or potty etc.  That wasn't something we were expecting; of the bright spots was Port Orford, Oregon.  We stopped for an overlook area.

We wanted to see, and we wanted to get out of the car and stretch our legs a bit.

  Pretty views, and you can see off on the right lots of fishing boats.
And in general, it was just pretty, peaceful and we were glad we stopped.

This caught our attention and so we made our way over to the sign.

It's still a bit hard to read, but after some googling this is what I learned.  The propeller is all that remains from The Wreck of the Cottoneva from Feb 10, 1937.  This ship was a cargo ship, transporting lumber and had started in Los Angeles.  It stopped here in the port of Port Orford presumably to take on more lumber to make it's way to Grays Harbour in Washington, but 75 mph winds made the ship run aground.  The Coast Guard saved all 26 Seamen and their Captain, Captain Eberhard Stahlbaum.

I wanted to learn more about it, but the little visitors center was closed when we arrived, so all I managed to do was to get a few pictures looking through the glass.

 You can see even though these aren't great pictures how difficult the shoreline must have been
The google map above and search indicated it is 412.1 miles from Port Orford, Oregon to Grays Harbour in Washington which was the ships intended destination.

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  1. I'd love to get to travel with my boys. When they were young, we traveled back and forth to grandparents together, and we had fun.

    1. Thanks for the visit Cheryl, much appreciated. Bet your boys have fond memories of the travels.

  2. It's some beautiful scenery on the cost. I was born and raised in Tillamook, Ore.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

    1. Cool, you were raised there. It was indeed beautiful. Thanks for the visit.

  3. Part of the fun of road trips is getting to stop off places. Sad to hear that wasn't too much the case on your trip. Sounds like an interesting place. I do love wreck stories where everyone survived.

    1. Right you are Liz about the stopping being part of the fun of traveling and exploring something you didn't know was there. I too love the stories where folks helped each other out and there were survivors.


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