In 1906, a ship heading to Portland to get a load of wheat and return to England ran into heavy fog and changing winds. The ship, the Peter Iredale, grounded on the shores of Clatsop Beach near Warrenton, Oregon and just west of Astoria. All 27 aboard were rescued without major injuries. From day one, the stranded ship became an attraction for visitors, but the ship itself has changed dramatically as it slowly decays. A limited number of years remain before it will disappear entirely to the ocean waves. The shipwreck is easily accessed on Oregon’s public beaches and is not cordoned off.
Trivia: the Peter Iredale was named after the shipbuilder based in Liverpool who owned the ship