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Dive into shipwreck history at Heritage Museum

‘Graveyard of the Pacific’ exhibit opens Nov. 16

Published on November 14, 2018 11:21AM

The Potrimpos run aground.

Courtesy Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

The Potrimpos run aground.

The wreckage of the Potrimpos.

Courtesy Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

The wreckage of the Potrimpos.


ILWACO, Wash. — Winter storms of the past brought many ships to ground along the coast of the Long Beach Peninsula.

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum presents a special exhibition, “Graveyard of the Pacific: Dangerous Currents-Shifting Sands.” Coinciding with shipwreck season, the exhibit opens Friday, Nov. 16, and will be on view through Saturday, March 9.

Historic artifacts, photographs and first-person accounts from wrecks such as the Admiral Benson, the Alice, the Potrimpos, the Glenmorag and over 20 more ships will be featured.

A portion of the show is devoted to shipwreck historian James A. Gibbs, whose groundbreaking book “Pacific Graveyard” is considered a primary source for shipwreck information. Ocean Park photographer Charles Fitzpatrick, who worked from the late 1920s through the ’60s, will be highlighted for his part in keeping the attraction to shipwrecks alive.

The museum is at 115 S.E. Lake St. in Ilwaco, Wash. Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco.



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