ASTORIA — Capt. Bruce Jones, the final speaker in the Columbia River Maritime Museum’s Past to Present lecture series, will give a presentation, “Disaster at Sea: True Tales of Shipwrecks from the Perspectives of Survivors, Rescuers and Investigators,” 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.
The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in October 2015, which resulted in the loss of 33 lives, was the worst U.S. maritime disaster in 30 years. Jones will explore how this and several other disasters, including the loss of the tall ship Bounty in October 2012, occurred despite the availability of technological advantages mariners of earlier generations could only dream of. He will also recount several dramatic Coast Guard rescues at sea.
Jones, the museum deputy director and an Astoria city councilor, retired from a 30-year Coast Guard career as commander of Sector Columbia River in 2014.
The lecture series is free with paid admission and always free for museum members.