Republic of Vanuatu, South Pacific
This ill fated ship ran aground here in the early 1980s when Cyclone Uma lashed the islands of Vanuatu. The volcanic archipelago in the Melanesia region has doubtless seen countless shipwrecks in its time. This one has rested on the reef since the day it foundered, and has since become a popular tourist attraction.
The Peter Iredale, Clatsop Spit, Oregon, United States
Jutting out of the sand along the northwest coast of Oregon can be found the remains of the Peter Iredale, which ran aground here in 1906. Built in June 1890 in Maryport, northern England, by R. Ritson & Co., the vessel was attempting to enter the Columbia River when high winds literally drove her into the shore. Thankfully all 27 souls on board, including two stowaways, were saved. The weather scuppered any plans to tow the ship off the beach and it soon became embedded in the sand, where it remains to this day. Rumour has it that the ship’s skipper, Captain Harry Lawrence, waded ashore from the wreck armed with the log book and a bottle of whisky. He passed the whisky around his crew and offered up a final salute to his ship, saying:
“May God bless you, and may your bones bleach in the sands.”