Boiler Bay, Intertidal Research Reserve

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Boiler Bay, Intertidal Research Reserve

by | Sep 18, 2018

Boiler Bay is about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Depoe Bay, Oregon, and was historically known as Brigg’s Landing before an infamous shipwreck.

The J. Marhoffer was a steam schooner, 175 feet (53 m) long, built in 1907 at John Lindstrom’s shipyard in Aberdeen, Washington. On May 18, 1910, the vessel was bound for Portland, Oregon from San Francisco when a fire started in the engine room. The fire spread and soon the entire ship was ablaze. The captain and crew abandoned the ship while it was running at full speed and heading towards shore. The vessel ran aground at Brigg’s Landing, where a sizable crowd from the surrounding area had gathered to watch the burning ship crash. Shortly after, a violent steam explosion destroyed the vessel, launching debris a half a mile inland. The remains of the vessel were left in the bay, including the engine boiler.

Brigg’s Landing is now called Boiler Bay for the 12 feet (3.7 m) diameter boiler that can still be seen during extreme low tides. Boiler Bay is part of the Boiler Bay Intertidal Research Reserve, which is managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Read more here and here. Explore more of Boiler Bay and the Oregon coast here:

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