1908 Emily G Reed Shipwreck
ROCKAWAY BEACH — This winter's wind and rain has uncovered the hull of
the Emily G. Reed on the beach here. The boat ran aground south of the Nehalem
bar in 1908.
According to Allen, the American sailing ship Emily G. Reed, bound for Portland, was 103 days out from New Castle, New South Wales, carrying 2,100 tons of high-grade Australian coal. She lost her bearings and hit a sand bar on what was Garibaldi Beach, now Rockaway Beach, south of the entrance to Nehalem Bay.
Seven men lost their lives in the wreck. The captain, his wife and four of the
crew drifted ashore clinging to part of the ship's cabin. Some of the crew, not
knowing where they were, decided to chance swimming ashore, tying a rope to the
wreckage. When they jumped overboard, their feet touched bottom and they were
able to walk ashore.
For years after she broke apart, it was a common occurrence after storms for locals to gather quantities of first-grade coal all along the coastline in the vicinity.
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