Thursday, October 18, 2007


Shipwreck weekend coming up


The Daily News
October 18, 2007

The Graveyard of the Pacific Shipwreck weekend will be held Oct. 25 through 27 at several parks near the mouth of the Columbia River.

Activities include a sea shanty camp, maritime programs, maritime music, ranger talks and exhibits.

The Columbia River bar area earned the name "Graveyard of the Pacific" after more than 2,000 vessels met their end where the river meets the Pacific Ocean.

Cape Disappointment State Park

Daily tours of the North Head Lighthouse, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours cost $2.50 per adult, free ages 7 to 17.

Rangers will give maritime-related talks at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at 1 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27. The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 adults, $2.50 ages 7 to 17 and free for ages 6 and under.

"The River of Lost Ships," an exhibit featuring shipwreck artifacts, historic images and maps, will be displayed at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center through December.
Fort Columbia State Park

Sea Shanty Camp of the Columbia, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Students will learn about the history and performance of maritime music. Participants must pre-register by Oct. 25 by calling (360) 642-3029.

Fort Stevens State Park

Free ranger-lead talks at the Peter Iredale shipwreck, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25.

Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria

In "Mapping the West: 18th and 19th Century Cartography," Robert Hamm will reveal why the early development maps of the west often contained more fiction than fact. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27, free.

"An Evening of Maritime Music" featuring the instructors of the "Sea Shanty Camp of the Columbia," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, free.


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