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Dec 17, 2019 YESTERDAYS TRAILS

“SS818: Wreck of Union Steamship Co’s. SS CATALA at Ocean Shores, WA – July 1967.”

“On January 1, 1965, a severe storm drove the ship from her moorings hard aground on shore at Damon Point, WA with a starboard list.”

 

Sep 14, 2007 S.S. Catala – Ocean Shores, WA – Shipwrecks on Waymarking.com

Cause of Shipwreck: Storm while it was docked

 

SS Catala

Source: Wikipedia

Tonnage 1476 gross; 851 registered tons

Length 229 ft (70 m)

Beam 37.1 ft (11.3 m)

 

Questions:

In 2023, If you go to the area where the ship was moored, it is hard to imagine a ship of this size in that location.

Maybe at one time, there was much more in the way of a pier that was appropriate for docking a ship of that size. Do any historical photos of this pier exist? Did other ships of this size make use of the pier? Did large yachts make use of the pier?

Catala breaks loose? Did the mooring lines fail? Did the pier fail? Was the pier later repaired if it failed?

Was any investigation conducted? What could have been done to prevent this?

It is hard to find much in writing or old photos to help answer these questions.

 

December 2, 2019 Washington Our Home

There is a photo of an old postcard here, showing the pier where SS Catala was moored.

For three wonderful years, Catala helped visitors to Washington’s marvelous coastline enjoy their stay in a fun and unique fashion. There’s no telling how many families hold cherished memories of playing on the beach, frolicking in the surf and resting their heads back in their boat-hotel.”

“a hotel for charter fishermen complete with poker games and prostitutes.” Materials at the Ocean Shores Interpretive Center claim that “guests had their choice of staying in the overnight accommodations, enjoying dining and the activities of several lounges, and fishing for salmon, all aboard the beautiful refurbished ship.”

Fishing for salmon on the ship?

“It was a cold, wet and blustery New Years Day in 1965 when the winter storm hit and wreaked havoc along Washington’s coastline. Entire beaches changed their shape or disappeared completely as the pounding waves ate away at the shore. New beaches were formed by that sand being deposited elsewhere. And in the tumult of the storm, Catala’s moorings broke loose, setting her adrift in the undulating surf.”

More Questions:

There’s no telling how many families hold cherished memories of playing on the beach, frolicking in the surf and resting their heads back in their boat-hotel.”

Back at a boat hotel for charter fishermen complete with poker games and prostitutes?

Sounds like a really nice family memory.

Was the ship tied up on the side of Damon Point nearest the ocean, or the side nearest Aberdeen? Photos make it look like it came ashore on the side of Damon Point closest to the Ocean. The marina is on the side closest to Aberdeen. Hard to tell.

Washington Trails Association:

For beach walking: “It’s about four miles to circumnavigate the point.”

Did SS Catala make a trip around the point before landing on the beach?

Wikipedia:

“In Seattle’s Century 21 Exposition she was a floating “boatel” moored on the Seattle waterfront. Later in 1962 she was towed to California and used as a floating restaurant. In 1963 she was brought back north to Ocean Shores, Washington and used as a “boatel” again until she was driven aground by a storm on New Year’s Day 1965.[8]”

Towed to California? Did SS Catala still have working engines at the time she landed on the beach at Damon Point?

The storm that took her to the beach was on New Year’s Day 1965. This is off season in Ocean Shores. No families frolicking at the beach. Probably not many charter boat fisherman present during winter storms.

Was anyone staying or working on SS Catala when she broke loose and landed on the beach? Were people told to leave the ship before it broke loose and began to move towards the beach?

How was the ship heated during winter months?

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Discussion & photos of time in Ocean Shores:

Possibly of interest:

Any plan to improve public access at Damon Point?

Federal Cash For The Coast – 98569

 

 

 

 

 

Photo-

Watching the waves at Damon Point.

Westport Jetty in the distance.

 

Out to Damon Point on Wednesday afternoon. Looking from Damon Point over towards Half Moon Bay and Westport Jetty.



 

Out one morning after a winter storm.

Looking from Damon Point over towards Westport.

 

Out to Damon Point on Wednesday afternoon.

Looking from Damon Point towards North Jetty.



 

Out to Damon Point on Wednesday afternoon.

Looking from Damon Point over towards Westport.

 

Looking from Damon Point over towards Half Moon Bay and Westport Jetty on Wednesday.


 

Out to Damon Point on Wednesday afternoon.

Looking from Damon Point over towards Westport.

The ship visible above may be DSI ALTAIR.

Several sites on the web offer info on ship locations.

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Looking from Damon Point over towards Westport.

The ship visible above may be VICTORIA HARBOUR.

Several sites on the web offer info on ship locations.

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Live Cam – Westport, Washington

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Positive images, memories and thoughts:

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Looking from Damon Point over towards Westport.

The ships visible above may be VICTORIA HARBOUR and OLIVIA.

Several sites on the web offer info on ship locations.

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$6.3 million in federal cash for a used hotel.

December 8, 2022 The Daily World

Dept. of Ag invests $6.3M to purchase Ocean Shores hotel

$6.3 million “to fund the acquisition of an existing hotel. Marathon Enterprises Inc. is located in Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, Washington. The project is expected to result in saving eight jobs and creating one full time job.”

$6.3 million in federal cash for a used hotel results in saving eight jobs and creating one full time job? Seems like free enterprise might be better at moving things along Re: hotel properties.

Love to see newspeople ask: Is there any shortage of lodging facilities in this community?

A better idea for local federal funding:

Quinault Marina & RV Resort

Get the ferry to Westport going again:

“Sadly, the ferry service shut down in 2008, but not due to lack of popularity. While the ferry service had seen closures in previous years, the service would always pick back up and be celebrated by residents and visitors alike. Sadly, after too much sand and silt built up around the Ocean Shores marina, the El Matador was forced to cancel trips across the harbor. What was once a family-friendly boating experience and adventure across the harbor is now relegated to fond memories.”

Rehab of the marina would attract sport fishermen for launching and mooring of boats. Set up a place for fish and chips, a pub with a view, bait and tackle/boating store, a cocktail lounge, restaurant, etc. Use some imagination and get it going.

Work on access to the beach at Damon Point too.

Damon Point

People familiar with this location know that public access is more tricky now than it was 18 months ago.

Today, beach walkers moving toward the water from the parking area are channeled to a choice between an eroded/unsafe former road drop-off and private property that is posted, telling walkers that they are not welcome. WTF?

Maybe skip the feds and go with cooperative efforts, negotiations with the tribe and creative thinking here. City leaders, volunteer work parties, local businesses who may donate trucks and materials, landscaping resources, etc. Offer to create some sort of access trail with a fence, plantings, trash cans, etc. Make an offer to the tribe that can help to improve the situation.

The marina facility has potential. Any federal grant money for ports and coastal improvement?

Maybe these efforts are already in the works. Thanks to those who may be involved.

 

Related:

New Day

Goodbye Free Enterprise System

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Cultural Honesty

 

 

 

 

 

Photo-

A favorite Damon Point image

 

New day on the coast. Looking from Damon Point over towards Westport.

The ship visible above may be VICTORIA HARBOUR.

Several sites on the web offer info on ship locations.

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A view from Damon Point over to Westport.

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Live Cam – Westport, Washington

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View live feed here.

 

Damon Point on Monday

 

Damon Point

 

Live Cam – Westport, Washington

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View live feed here.

 


Damon Point

 

Live Cam – Westport, Washington

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Looking towards Westport from Damon Point

 

Live Cam – Westport, Washington

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View live feed here.

 

Looking towards North Jetty from Damon Point

 

Early Tuesday – Damon Point

 

Early Tuesday – Damon Point

 

Looking towards North Jetty from Damon Point

 

Early Tuesday – Damon Point

I enjoyed the writing describing the Westport and Olympic Peninsula areas here.

Local info here.

 

Live Cam – Westport, Washington

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View live feed here.

 

Looking out at the Westport Jetty from Damon Point

 

Damon Point

 

Pelican moving through.

July 10th:

Pelicans are back

 

Damon Point

People familiar with this location know that access is more tricky now than it was a year ago.

Love to see cooperative efforts, negotiations with the tribe and creative thinking here. City leaders, volunteer work parties, local businesses who may donate trucks and materials, landscaping resources, etc. Offer to create some sort of access trail with a fence, plantings, trash cans, etc. Make an offer to the tribe that can help to improve the situation. The marina facility has potential. Any federal grant money for ports and coastal improvement?

Maybe these efforts are already in the works. Thanks to those who may be involved.

 

 

Damon Point

 

 

Damon Point on Saturday