Built in 1890 in Maryport England the 290 foot, 2,000 ton, steel hulled four-masted sailing vessel Peter Iredale ran aground due to poor visibility and contrary winds on October 25, 1906, four miles south of the mouth of the Columbia River, where she can be seen to this day at Ft. Stevens State Park. One example of the many fine ships lost in the “Graveyard of the Pacific” as the area around the mouth of the Columbia was known in the days of sail.
Off in the distance you can see “Cape Disappointment” which marks the mouth of the Columbia River. It received its name from Captain John Meares when he failed to cross the river bar in 1788, a feat not achieved until four years later by Captain Robert Grey in 1792. Lewis and Clark were relative late-comers to the Cape, not arriving until 1805.