Peter Iredale Shipwreck
16 images Created 21 Sep 2011
Images in this gallery were photographed on October 10th 2010 during sunset and dusk. To view black and white versions of these images please see the Peter Iredale Shipwreck (B & W) gallery. The Peter Iredale shipwrecked in 1909 on the Clatsop Spit which is now adjacent to Fort Stevens in Warrenton, Oregon just south of Astoria. Since beached here it has slowly decayed and rusted out in the surf to where the frame of the bow is now only remaining. Since resting on the Oregon shoreline it has seen some interesting history. During World War II while strung through with razor wire and provisions to inhibit a beach attack from the Japanese, it marked the only occurence of Japanese shelling onto the mainland of the United States from an offshore submarine gun deck. Although the shelling failed to destroy any property or military targets, it is suspected the Japanese sub crew knew the exact location of the Fort Stevens battery emplacements due to the position of the Peter Iredale shipwreck. The Fort Stevens battery was ordered to stand down and not return fire as to not give up their exact positions. The submarine fired shells were estimated to have fallen far short of their desired target inland. This bold act of aggression stood as the only mainland assault by the Japanese navy during the war.