Friday, November 27, 2009

Carmarthan Castle


N WIND 20 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 5 FT. W SWELL 14 FT AT 14 SECONDS.

In the days before steam power...
Windjammers like Liverpool's Carmarthen Castle...
Ruled commerce on the high seas...
Sailing from Sydney to Wilmington, CA in 1886...
With vessels Sudbourne and the Dunnottar Castle...
The Dunnottar was lost near Kure Atoll...
Then running north to Portland in ballast...
The Sudbourne arrived at the Columbia River...
While amidst heavy seas and strong gales...
And sailing for days on dead reckoning...
A disoriented Captain William Richards...
Thought he was 30 miles offshore...
And 80 miles north of Tillamook...
But ran the Carmarthen Castle aground...
On the sands south of Nestucca Bay...
At 3am on December 2nd...
The 28 man crew survived...
And was led overland by Indian guides...
To their destination port of Portland...
Shipless.

1 comments:

Wet and Cold said...

"you paddle out, you paddle in"

haa! i like that one.