As some of you already know, we are publishing our first book! It has been a long journey since MAS was first approached in June 2018 to write an updated history on Pacific Northwest shipwrecks. After much discussion and a survey of existing publications, we decided there are still many stories left untold.
Tales of the more famous local wrecks have passed into legend, but what can we really tell from from available primary sources and the archaeological evidence? Many of the existing books repeat rumors about buried treasure or insurance fraud without providing any evidence. And nearly all of the chapters end at the time of the wreck event. As an archaeology group, we want to know what happened afterwards and what remains of those wrecks today. The book will cover about a dozen wrecks, some well known and others nearly forgotten, between Willapa Bay in Washington and Tillamook Bay in Oregon. The time period ranges from the wreck of Oregon’s Spanish galleon in the 1690s to a Yuleship carrying Christmas trees for Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. Our chapters include all of the excitement and drama of the storms, survival, and loss but they also detail our investigations, surveys, and remote sensor data on what remains of those wrecks today.
Our goal was to make the book approachable and interesting for a larger audience so we tried to pull together a more narrative, cohesive style rather than presenting a collection of essays or archaeological reports with multiple authors. We are greatly indebted to all of the primary researchers who volunteered countless hours to make this book a reality. I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to my co-authors Scott Williams, Jeff Smith, Christopher Dewey, Tod Lundy, Jim Sharpe, Jeff Groth, and Robert Johnson. I hope you are all as proud as I am of what we have accomplished.
We hope this book will be a helpful addition to the body of research on shipwrecks of Oregon and Washington. It is called Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest: Tragedies and Legacies of a Perilous Coast, published by Globe Pequot Press. You should be able to pick up your copy in stores or online by March 1, 2020. We’ll have more information about book related events and talks in the new year.
Editor & Co-Author