Thursday, July 20, 2006

Jetty


N WIND 10 TO 15 KT...RISING TO 20 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.
WIND WAVES 3 FT... BUILDING TO 6 FT IN THE AFTERNOON.
W SWELL 2 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
TONIGHT N WIND 20 TO 25 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 15 KT NEAR SHORE AFTER MIDNIGHT.
WIND WAVES 4 FT.
W SWELL 4 FT AT 9 SECONDS.

As early as 1884, jetties had been constructed at the Yaquina bar to aid ships in and out of the harbor. They were short jetties, and according to local seamen, inadequate from the beginning. But they did permit ships to enter and leave the
harbor relatively safely.

The first vessel recorded to enter Yaquina Bay was the Calamet, sent in 1856 to provision 2nd Lt. Philip H. Sheridan at the Coast Reservation. Many vessels entered the bay after exploitation of the oyster beds and settlement began in 1864. Vessels were frequently constructed on the bay in succeeding years. The Pioneer of 82 feet length was built above Elk City by Kelly Brothers in 1872; two years later, the side wheeler, Mollie, was built at Elk City.

South Jetty work started in 1887 when a 3,748 foot jetty was built. The project was finally completed in 1896. Additional work was done in 1919-1922, 1933-1934, and 1971-1972. Engineers between 1889-1896 built a North Jetty of 2,300 feet. New extensions and maintenance were done on the North Jetty regularly over the years---192l-1925, 1933-1934, 1939-1940, 1956-1957, and 1964 to 1967.

3 comments:

Halle said...

What a wonderful photo. Did you shoot it? Cheers.

Doc said...

no...

I simply am an internet thief...

Doc

halle said...

a mashup artist