Lighthouses and Lifesaving on Washington's Outer Coast

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Washington's storm-ridden outer coast stretches from Cape Disappointment, at the mouth of the Columbia River, to Cape Flattery, at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a distance of about 150 miles. Historians have labeled these waters "the Graveyard of the Pacific" and "the Unforgiving Coast." Despite their hazards, sea routes to, from, and along the coast have been busy. Maritime fur traders and explorers, warships, Gold Rush shipping, passenger vessels, lumber carriers, break-bulk freighters, container ships, and tankers have plied these waters. Concurrently, fisheries developed along the coast, adding to the number of vessels at risk. To assist mariners sailing these waters, the United States built its first lighthouse on the Washington coast at Cape Disappointment in 1856. Additional lighthouses, lightships, and lifesaving stations soon followed. With more than 180 images from archives throughout the Pacific Northwest, this collection documents their history.
ISBN: 9780738559711
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 175
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In the late 1990s, William S. Hanable directed the Westport Maritime Museum, a former lifeboat station, and developed tours at nearby Grays Harbor Lighthouse. He now manages Northwest Heritage Consultants, specializing in maritime historic preservation projects. Some of Hanable's other maritime histories can be seen at and at
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