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    Default Shifting sands reveal 'buried mystery'

    I thought this was a pretty interesting read:


    Shifting sands reveal 'buried mystery'
    'A special ship, the people's ship'

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006; Posted: 7:47 a.m. EST (12:47 GMT)

    The wreck of the S.S. Catala sits in a sand dune near Ocean Shores, Washington.
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    OCEAN SHORES, Washington (AP) -- A ship that carried Northwest loggers and miners, housed visitors to the Seattle World's Fair and served as a charter fishing base before it was grounded in a storm is emerging from a sand dune.

    The once-buried hulk of the S.S. Catala was first exposed by erosion in 2002 and further uncovered last month by high winds and seas that rearranged beaches at Damon Point State Park, said ranger Jim Schmidt.

    A dramatic shift of sand on the Protection Island spit uncovered about 100 feet of the hull some four or five feet deep, Schmidt said. Hundreds of people have since trudged through the sand to take a look at the corroded shipwreck.

    The 229-foot ship was launched in 1925 in Glasgow, Scotland, and carried coastal freight and passengers from Vancouver, British Columbia, to southeast Alaska, said Gene Woodwick, curator of the Ocean Shores Interpretive Center.

    It ended its career with the Union Steamship Co. in 1958 and was to be turned into a fish-buying ship when developers refurbished it as a floating hotel on the Seattle waterfront for World's Fair visitors in 1962. Engines were removed to make room for a theater, Woodwick said.

    After the fair, the Catala was brought to Ocean Shores, where it was tied at a causeway and used by charter fishermen.

    On New Year's Day in 1965, a storm with 70 mph winds and high seas tipped the ship 30 degrees on its side in the sand. It could not be righted.

    "Then it was looted, set on fire, partied on and written on for 20 years," said Diane Beers, the Interpretive Center's docent.

    People climbed on it, and a contractor was hired to cut up the ship for scrap after a young woman injured herself and sued. What couldn't be reached by cutting torches was covered with sand.

    "Over the ensuing years you couldn't tell where it was," Woodwick said.

    Carved by wind and water, Protection Island became a spit connected to land. "Now it looks like nature is reversing the process. I wouldn't be surprised if we have an island again," said Schmidt, the ranger.

    The emerging Catala will never float again, but it still jogs memories, Woodwick said.

    "It was a special ship, the people's ship," she said. "There were people who took it as an ocean cruise."

    Woodwick, who is writing a book about the Catala, is not pleased to see the ship in its current state. She said it was more appealing as a buried mystery.

    "It's kind of sad to see more of the hulk, for me," she said. "It's kind of like seeing someone you love and they're all curled up in a rest home."
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    Wow that's interesting.

    So somebody fell while messin around on this and then sued for being an idiot??

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc
    Wow that's interesting.

    So somebody fell while messin around on this and then sued for being an idiot??

    It's a Crazy World.
    And that was back in the 50s! Things haven't gotten better in the 50 years since!
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    Wow!!!

    Yep, it's about the same in'it??
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    My Parents have a condo in Ocean shores.
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    Kurt Cobain used to work at Ocean Shores as a janitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfloyd
    Kurt Cobain used to work at Ocean Shores as a janitor.
    yeah, he doesn't strike me as management material.....

 

 

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