New Carissa

Arguments about Removal of the Stern

“Shipwrecks on the Oregon Coast are part of our history. There are a lot of ways you could better spend the money here.” – president of the Coos Bay City Council

“Allowing the stern to remain would send a message that the state is willing to tolerate permanent damage to its beaches.” – Oregonian newspaper editorial board

The New Carissa wrecked near Horsfall Beach in February, 1999.
The Coast Guard and other local rescue personnel were the subjects of national media attention during the shipwreck of the New Carissa. (CHM 011.43.123)
An incident map of the wreck shows the New Carissa grounded 2.7 miles north of the Coos Bay bar.

For additional information, go to www.oregonencyclopedia.com and search for New Carissa.