AN008: Coyote Hide and Seek

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LS380: Dalles City Sternwheeler c1905

This image shows the sternwheeler DALLES CITY in the lagoon at Rooster Rock, Oregon (Columbia River Gorge) moving away from the salmon cannery and turning out toward the Columbia River circa 1905.

Almost exactly 100 years earlier, Lewis and Clark made camp here. The cannery continued into the 1930’s when it was finally shut down. There is no trace of where the cannery stood today.

The DALLES CITY sternwheeler was a ship owned by The Dalles, Portland, and Astoria Navigation Company (also known as the Regulator Line). The ship was originally built in 1891 with a length of 142 feet and 402 tons. She was rebuilt in 1910, adding nine feet to her length but dropping in weight to 345 tons. The ship was renamed in 1920 to DIAMOND O and continued to run until 1935 when she was abandoned.

 

 

 

 

LS329: Bandon Oregon Lighthouse

Coquille River Light as the lighthouse was originally known is situated at the mouth of the Coquille River in Bandon, Oregon.

Built-in 1895 and first lit on Feb. 29, 1896, the forty foot tall lighthouse was equipped with a fourth-order Fresnel glass that protected the harbor and mariners out at sea.

In 1936, after a disastrous fire in Bandon destroyed 2/3 of the town, the lighthouse and keepers house was used as a sanctuary of sorts as the lighthouse was separated from the fire by the river and harbor.

Though it survived the fire, Bandon was essentially bankrupted due to the decline in shipping. As a result, the lighthouse was shut down in 1939 and an automatic light was positioned across the river on the South Jetty.

The lighthouse and keepers building was abandoned and deteriorated over the years until a restoration was begun in 1976. The keeper’s house and other outbuildings had deteriorated beyond repair and were torn down but work continued on the tower. In 1991, a solar-powered light was mounted at the top, visible to Bandon.

It is open to the public and since this photo was taken in April of 2000, the base has been repainted with a brick-red color.

 

AST02: Fort Astor, Astoria Oregon 1919

This view is of a replica of Fort Astor at Shively Park, on top of Coxcomb Hill in Astoria, Oregon in March 1919.

It was constructed in 1911 as part of Astoria’s centennial celebration.  The celebration only lasted for 30 days and afterwards the fort was not often used.In 1917, it was given to the Boy Scouts but because of deteriorating condition was torn down in 1920. The fountain was removed, recovered, & restored and currently stands in the Maritime Memorial under the Megler bridge.
Only the stairs remain now.

SS962: USS AKRON

Shown here is the US Navy’s rigid airship USS AKRON, under construction, inside the Goodyear Airdock hangar at Akron Ohio in 1930.
The AKRON was completed in 1931 & was 785-feet in length, weighing 200 tons. She could travel at 72 knots maximum & had a lift capacity of 152,644 lbs. She made her first flight on September 25, 1931, and made a total of 74 flights.
On the evening of April 3, 1933, the AKRON was flying off the coast of New Jersey when she was caught in an intense gale. At approximately 12:30 am on April 4, the ship was buffeted by intense updrafts and downdrafts forcing the airship close to the ocean surface. The captain dropped ballast from the bow in an attempt to raise the ship, but in so doing caused the ship to rise in the bow but at the same time dropped the stern into the water, ripping off the lower fin & destroying the rudder cables, leaving the ship with no steering. The ship was driven into the stormy seas and sank in roughly 100 feet of water. Of the 76 souls on board, only three survived. The wreck site is preserved as a National Historic Landmark.

AST01: Astoria 1919

Freight wagons and cars prepare for arriving passengers on the trains at the Spokane, Portland and Seattle railroad depot at Astoria, Oregon in March 1919.
In the 1880’s, promoter William Reid laid the rail line from Astoria southward to Seaside, Oregon calling his road the Astoria and South Coast railroad. In 1894, Andrew Hammond built the line eastward along the Columbia River to Goble, OR where it connected with the Northern Pacific Railroad. Hammond’s Astoria & Columbia River Railroad was completed in 1898.
In 1907, Hammond sold his line to James J. Hill of the Northern Pacific and the following year Hill created the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle (SP&S) Railroad. Over the next few years, the Astoria and Columbia River RR was absorbed by the SP&S. The SP&S (later Burlington Northern railroad) continued the line until 1978 when the line from Astoria to Seaside was abandoned with all trackage west of Astoria taken up by the late 1980’s. In the early 1990’s, the BN discontinued service to Astoria and the line was abandoned with parts sold off thus ending commercial railroad service to Astoria.
The City of Astoria acquired a portion of the old rail line and currently runs its city streetcar on the tracks.
The station is no longer in use but the depot building has been renovated & is used for constructing small nautical craft and related uses. Restored by Bruce Andrews.01

SSA1025: Normandie Capsized

This is the former French Line’s SS NORMANDIE capsized at New York Pier 88 in Feb. 1942 as she was being converted to a United States troopship.
The 981ft. the ocean liner was built by Chantiers de Penhoët in Saint-Nazaire, France. She made her maiden voyage May 29, 1935, and at that time was the largest & fastest passenger ship anywhere. She made continuous runs between Le Havre and New York until the outbreak of World War II when she was interned at New York by the US Government.
Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the ship was transferred to the US Navy for conversion to a troop carrier and she was renamed the USS LAFAYETTE.
On Feb. 9, 1942, with conversion almost complete, sparks from a welder’s torch ignited stacked lifejackets and she caught fire at the pier. Subsequent actions by fireboats pouring water on the ship caused her to capsize at her slip.
She was raised in 1943 and drydocked with plans set to again use her as a military ship but those plans derailed when it was discovered her hull was too badly damaged and propulsion equipment had deteriorated beyond salvage. Berthed at a Navy shipyard until after the war, she was eventually sold for scrapping to a New York scrapper. Dismantling commenced in Oct. 1946 and was completed on Dec. 31, 1948.