Today we commemorate the loss of the cargo ship Peter iredale, a pretty famous vessel around these parts. What’s left of her metal frame still sits on the beach at Fort Stevens State Park in Hammond.

Even though it was now generations ago, the Iredale fell prey to some of the same conditions that still plague vessels traversing our waters offshore: fog, sudden wind changes, and currents and waves that tend to drive craft of all kinds up on the beach, where they’re destroyed by merciless surf.

Photo Credit: Many thanks to Long Beach Peninsula historian Frank Lehn for his photo of the wreck of the Peter Iredale.