SS Lamut, Teahwhit Head

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SS Lamut, Teahwhit Head

by | Jun 7, 2018

Teahwhit Head is a rocky headland with a natural sea arch on the coast of Olympic National Park, about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Forks and 2.8 miles (4.5 km) southeast of La Push, Washington. The headland is accessible at very low tides by hiking south from La Push to Second Beach and then to the prominent headland at the south end of the beach. The headland is also accessible by hiking north from Third Beach.

SS Lamut was originally launched in 1919 as Lake El Pueblo in Lake Erie by the Great Lakes Engine Works in Ashtabula, Ohio. The steel steamship was 250 feet (76 m) long and displaced almost 2,700 tons. The Russian Merchant Marine acquired and renamed the ship, and she was then transferred to the Pacific to operate between the U.S. west coast and the Soviet east coast.

On April 1, 1943, off the coast of Washington with a load of cargo from Portland, Oregon and bound for Vladivostok, Lamut was set upon by a storm with winds up to 75 knots (139 kph). The crew lost their bearings and grounded the ship on Teahwhit Head south of Cape Flattery in a treacherous area known as the Quillayute Needles. The U.S. Coast Guard Beach Patrol Station at La Push responded with boats and an overland search team. The boats were ineffective in the raging surf, but the shore team managed to throw lines and rescue the entire crew using an improvised Bosun’s Chair. Read more here and here. Explore more of Teahwhit Head here:

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