The Graveyard of the Pacific

The Graveyard of the Pacific is a nickname given to a stretch of the coastal region in the Pacific Northwest, from Tillamook Bay on the Oregon Coast northward to Cape Scott Provincial Park on Vancouver Island.

The region’s seas are frequently subject to heavy and unpredictable weather year round combined with the rugged, largely undeveloped coastline, especially along Vancouver Island and its northwestern tip at Cape Scott, causing sea conditions which, since European exploration of the area began in the 15th century, have endangered and wrecked thousands of marine vessels.

Here is today’s weather forecast for the area we are interested in.

COASTAL WATERS FORECAST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OREGON 858 AM PDT WED AUG 13 2014

COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE SHOALWATER WASHINGTON TO FLORENCE OREGON AND WESTWARD 60 NM PZZ200-132215- 858 AM PDT WED AUG 13 2014

SYNOPSIS FOR SOUTHERN WASHINGTON AND NORTHERN OREGON COAST AN UPPER LOW WILL MOVE INLAND ACROSS OREGON TODAY. FAIRLY BENIGN CONDITIONS ARE THEN EXPECTED THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK AS HIGH PRES REBUILDS OVER THE NE PACIFIC. THE NEXT FRONT APPROACHES THE WATERS THIS WEEKEND.

My last crew member arrives Tuesday just as conditions for our trip south is just starting to get good.   Looks like we have a great weather window developing.

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Almost ready to hoist the Old Guys Rule flag!!   Now back to fiberglassing.

PZZ250-270-132215- COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE SHOALWATER WA TO CASCADE HEAD OR OUT 10 NM- WATERS FROM CAPE SHOALWATER WA TO CASCADE HEAD OR FROM 10 TO 60 NM- 858 AM PDT WED AUG 13 2014

TODAY SW WIND 5 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 10 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY. TONIGHT W WIND 5 TO 10 KT. GUSTS TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS. THU W WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS. THU NIGHT NW WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 9 SECONDS. FRI NW WIND TO 5 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 14 SECONDS. FRI NIGHT NW WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 13 SECONDS. SAT NW WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 3 FT. W SWELL 5 FT. SUN N WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 4 FT. W SWELL 3 FT.

PZZ255-275-132215- COASTAL WATERS FROM CASCADE HEAD TO FLORENCE OR OUT 10 NM- WATERS FROM CASCADE HEAD TO FLORENCE OR FROM 10 TO 60 NM- 858 AM PDT WED AUG 13 2014

TODAY SW WIND 5 KT…VEERING TO W IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 10 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS. TONIGHT NW WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS. THU NW WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS. THU NIGHT NW WIND 5 TO 10 KT WITH GUSTS TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 9 SECONDS. FRI NW WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 15 SECONDS. FRI NIGHT N WIND 5 TO 10 KT. GUSTS TO 15 KT IN THE EVENING. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 14 SECONDS. SAT N WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 4 FT. W SWELL 5 FT. SUN N WIND 15 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 5 FT. W SWELL 3 FT.

PZZ210-132215- COLUMBIA RIVER BAR- 858 AM PDT WED AUG 13 2014 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR ROUGH COLUMBIA RIVER BAR IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM PDT THIS MORNING IN THE MAIN CHANNEL COMBINED SEAS NEAR 3 FEET THROUGH TONIGHT. HOWEVER…SEAS WILL TEMPORARILY BUILD TO 6 TO 7 FEET WITH BREAKERS POSSIBLE DURING THE STRONG EBBS AROUND 745 PM WEDNESDAY EVENING AND 8 AM THU MORNING.

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Places I will miss like the great Mexican food from the local taco truck.

More than 2000 vessels and 700 lives have been lost near the Columbia Bar alone.  One book about regional wrecks lists 484 wrecks at the south and west sides of Vancouver Island

Combinations of fog, wind, storm, current and wave had crashed hundreds of ships in the region by the middle of the twentieth century, including famous wrecks in regional history.

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About trawlercat

Retired and now moving on from the cruising life jeeps, adventure bike, gardening, and travel. Always in search of the next great adventure!
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