About the Book

Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest: Tragedies and Legacies of a Perilous Coast

Author: Maritime Archaeological Society
Editor: Jennifer Kozik
Publish Date: March 1, 2020

Over the past 350 years, an untold number of ships have met their end along the northern Oregon and southern Washington coasts. Shipwrecks of the Pacific Northwest investigates some of the most compelling historic shipwrecks—from the infamous to the nearly forgotten. Explore a handful of these vessels, fated to have their final resting place along 150 miles of the rugged Northwest coastline, including near the dangerous mouth of the Columbia River. Combining archaeological analysis and new research, this unique collection uncovers the tales of peril, tragedy, and heroism along with the tangible legacies and an exploration of what remains.

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About the Authors


Jennifer Kozik, Editor and Co-Author
Jennifer has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri and a background in non-profit outreach. She previously worked with the Washington County Museum as Collections and Exhibits Manager. Jennifer has written numerous successful grants and has served as a peer review panelist for the NEH Division of Preservation and Access. She also shares a life-long passion for history and being near the sea.
Scott Williams
Scott Williams is a Cultural Resources Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation. He has a master’s degree in Anthropology from Washington State University and is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. He has conducted fieldwork throughout the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, the Marianas Islands, and Australia and has authored fourteen peer-reviewed articles, including four book chapters.
Jeff Smith
Jeff is Senior Curator at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Through the Scholars Program, Jeff earned his BA in History from Portland State University and some years later a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Education from Southern Oregon University. After a brief stint as an educator, he has held a collections stewardship role in the museum field for over thirty years and is the author of Images of America: Astoria
Christopher Dewey
Chris is a retired Naval Officer, Maritime Archaeologist, Anthropology and Archaeology instructor at Clatsop Community College, and founder of the Maritime Archaeological Society. He has an MBA from Troy State University, an MA in Historical (Maritime) Archaeology from the University of West Florida, and is the author of the fictional maritime adventure Deep Context.
Theodore “Tod” Lundy
Tod is an architect with bachelor’s degrees in General Science and Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught Architecture at the University of Kansas, Portland State, and King Faisal University of Saudi Arabia. Living in Astoria by the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean sparked his interest in the history of shipwrecks.
Jim Sharpe
Jim graduated from Central Washington University with a BS in Anthropology and MS in Resource Management. He has twenty-three years of cultural resources experience in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, and Alaska. Jim has extensive experience with historic agriculture and has authored numerous articles and technical reports on archaeological and historical topics.
Jeff Groth
Jeff started his working career in commercial diving as a diver tender in the Gulf of Mexico oil fields. He holds a BS in History along with minors in geography and anthropology, including an archaeological field school from Portland State University. As a professional cartographer, Jeff has over thirteen years of experience with geographic information systems, GIS, and building archaeological predictive models.
Robert Johnson
Robert went to the US Merchant Marine Academy and sailed for fifteen years on worldwide bulk carriers. He sailed in all deck officer ranks including master and holds an Unlimited Master’s License. Robert recently retired after thirty years as a Columbia River Bar pilot.
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