CHM Event

Author Talk with Hannah Contino

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery

Author Talk & Book Signing: Shipwrecks of Curry County

Historically, mariners considered the Oregon coast to be one of the most dangerous in the world. In 1852, explorers discovered gold in the rivers and along the beaches in Curry County, which is located in the southwestern corner of the state. Subsequent settlement concentrated on the coast. With few roads, water transportation was crucial for early settlers. The area contained many potential dangers to ships including unpredictable weather, frequent fog, submerged rocks and reefs. There have been many shipwrecks in the area including the tanker Larry Doheny, which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during WWII. Curry County is home to Cape Blanco, the second most westerly point in the continental United States, and Port Orford, the only open water port on the Oregon coast (and one of only six “dolly” ports in the world). Modern technology and port improvements have reduced the number of shipwrecks, but accidents still occur.

Museum admission rates apply.  Coos History Museum members get in free.

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