Shipwrecks of Coos County
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European settlement of Coos County began with a shipwreck. The Captain Lincoln wrecked on the north spit of the Coos Bay in January 1852. The crewmen built a temporary camp out of the ship's sails and named it "Camp Cast-Away." This was the first white settlement in the area. The men eventually traveled overland to Port Orford, where they told other settlers about the Coos Bay and its many natural resources. By December 1853, Coos County was established by the territorial legislature, and several towns were founded; the history of the area had been completely altered by a single shipwreck.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738581576
: Arcadia Publishing
: 04/04/2011
: Oregon
: Images of America
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: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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H. S. Contino has been the research assistant at the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum for the past five years. Working independently (but with the full support of the museum staff), she has thoroughly researched over 100 local shipwrecks. Covering a 150-year period, she has chronicled the misadventures of the vessels that traveled on the county's two main bodies of water, the Coos Bay and the Coquille River. From small fishing boats to lumber freighters, the vessel types vary greatly, and their stories range from tragedies to simple maritime mishaps.
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