Oregon’s Most Infamous Shipwreck: Then and Now

Peter Iredale, 1959. / Image via / Oregon State Archives

On October 25, 1906, the sailing vessel Peter Iredale was bound from Salina Cruz, Mexico to Portland, Oregon when she ran into trouble trying to enter the mouth of the Columbia River in thick mist and a rising tide. Heavy winds drove the ship aground near Fort Stevens. All 27 passengers (including two stowaways) made it safely to shore where the rescued sailors from the wreck were fed, clothed, and housed at the fort after the incident. Over a century later, the shipwreck remains a popular spot for both tourists and photographers alike.

The following images chronicle the Peter Iredale’s downfall.



The Peter Iredale near Seattle circa 1900. / Image via / Wikipedia Commons


October 25, 1906, the day of the wreck:

Peter Iredale, 1906.


Circa 1909-1914:

Peter Iredale, circa 1909-1914. / Image via / Oregon Historical Society Digital Collections

Circa 1930s:

Peter Iredale, circa 1930s. / Image via / Saltwater People Historical Society Archives


Peter Iredale, 1959. / Image via / Oregon State Archives

Circa 1960:

Peter Iredale, circa 1960. / Image via / Facebook / Sara’s Old Photos


Peter Iredale, 1980. / Image via / The Oregonian


Peter Iredale, 1988. / Image via / The Oregonian


Peter Iredale, 2007. / Image via / Terry Richard / The Oregonian


Peter Iredale, 2016. / Image via / Facebook / Elizabeth Keenan Johnson


Peter Iredale, 2017. / Image via / TJ Simon Photography


Peter Iredale, 2018. / Image via / Tony Jones Photography


Peter Iredale, 2020. / Image via / Facebook / Brian Zettervall

Visit the wreckage for yourself via an easy hike at Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond, Oregon.