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Graveyard of the Pacific Shipwreck Events at Chautauqua Lodge

Sunday, October 24 , 2010


Columbia Pacific shipwreck heritage is commemorated annually with special events and exhibits. Participants include: the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Fort Stevens State Park, Cape Disappointment State Park and Fort Columbia St. Park.


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'Graveyard of the Pacific' Shipwreck Weekend

October 24, 2010

Cape Disappointment State Park and the Columbia River Maritime Museum invite the public to celebrate Graveyard of the Pacific Weekend at locations throughout the Columbia-Pacific area. 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.

Below is the 2009 schedule. 2010 info will be found here as soon as it is available.

Cape Disappointment State Park

  • Oct. 25, 1 p.m. Bill Hanable, historian and author of Lighthouses and Life Saving on Washington's Outer Coast will present a slide show at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Hanable will be available for a book signing after the program.
  • The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center features ongoing exhibits that include artifacts from Columbia River bar shipwrecks, a life-saving service boat that is more than 100 years old and a first-order Fresnel lighthouse lens. The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 adults, $2.50 ages 7 to 17 and free ages 6 and under.
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p. m., Thursdays through Sundays Tours of the North Head Lighthouse. Tours cost $2.50 per adult, free ages 7 to 17.

Fort Columbia State Park

  • Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sea Shanty Camp of the Columbia, students learn about the history and performance of maritime music. Some of the talented regional instructors for the camp include: Hank Cramer, Mary Garvey, Hobe Kytr and Captain Matt Moeller. Participants may reserve a boxed lunch by calling (360) 642-3029. See below for schedule.
  • Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. An Evening of Maritime Music featuring the instructors of the Sea Shanty Camp of the Columbia. Admission is free.

Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, Ore.

  • Oct. 24, 2:30 p.m. The Archaeology of Shipwrecks, a program presented by Dennis Griffin, State Archaeologist with the State Historic Preservation Office, Salem. For information call (503) 325-2323. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors (over 65), $5 ages 6 to 17 and free ages 5 and under.

Sea Shanty Camp of the Columbia Schedule Saturday, October 24th

  • 9-10:00 (Jon Schmidt) Graveyard of the Pacific
  • 10-11:00 (Hank Cramer) Form and Function of Shanties
  • 11-11:30 (Joanne Rideout) Columbia River Ship Report interview with: Wendy Joseph, Audra Poor and Maggie MacInnis
  • 11:30-12:00 (Marek Skoczlas) Polish Shanties
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 (Matthew Moeller) Nautical Lore
  • 2-2:30 (Audra Poor and Maggie MacInnis) Ladies aboard the Lady
  • 2:30-3:00 (Commander (Ret.) Alda Siebrands) Coast Guard Heroine
  • 3-4:00 (Mary Garvey and Hobe Kytr) Columbia-Pacific Songs
  • 4-5:00 (Jon Broderick, Jay Speakman and Moe Bowstern) Fisher Poetry and Music
  • 5:00 Dinner Break
  • 7:30 Concert


Chautauqua Lodge
304 NW 14th St
Long Beach, WA 98631

Phone: 360-642-4401
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