4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum
Just when the forty days and nights of rain begins, so does the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s Oregon Coast Shipwreck exhibit. The exhibit will focus on several prominent shipwrecks and several not-so-well-known wrecks along the Oregon coast. Things will start off with a series of lectures.
Starting with the wreck of the Beeswax with lead investigator Scott Williams on Thursday, November 8 at 4:00 p.m.
Since the earliest days of American exploration and settlement on the Oregon coast, stories have been told of an ancient shipwreck exposed on the Nehalem Spit. The wreck, laden with Chinese porcelain and large beeswax blocks and candles, predated American settlement of the area and was a mystery to the first settlers. Where had the vessel come from, and where was it going? Why was it carrying so much beeswax, and why did the beeswax blocks have strange symbols carved into them? Recent archaeological and historical research confirms that the Beeswax Wreck was a Spanish galleon from Manila, lost on the Oregon coast on its voyage to Mexico. Scott Williams, Principal Investigator for the Beeswax Wreck Project, will present the story of the Beeswax Wreck and the research to identify which ship it was and where the wreck is located.
The presentation will begin at 4:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Seating for the museum’s lectures is limited and it is recommended to arrive early. Doors will be closed at 4:15 p.m.
The series will continue with lectures on the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse and the importance of lighthouses on the Oregon coast, the wreck of the Emily Reed, U.S.S. Shark, and more. Attend one or all to better your chances at a shipwreck trivia contest on Saturday, November 10. The contest is free to active CBHCM members, but $5 for everyone else.