The Wreck of the Peter Iredale

My newest painting: “The Wreck of the Peter Iredale”
Almost every time I travel down the Oregon Coast, I try to stop at Fort Stevens State Park (just outside of Astoria) to visit this shipwreck. There is always something a little shocking about seeing her in person. Each time, there seems to be a little bit less of her as she rusts away and buries herself ever deeper in the sand. Someday, she will be gone.

A little background from Wikipedia:
“The Peter Iredale was a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon coast en route to the Columbia River. She was abandoned on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton about four miles (6 km) south of the Columbia River channel.”

If you’re interested, you can read the whole entry here:

She’s not always accessible if the tide is up or there are a lot of people around, but I was able to get a few good reference shots the last time I was there this past October.
I’ve been wanting to paint her for close to a decade. I do love old subjects of all kinds- abandoned barns, vintage trucks rotting in fields, rusty mufflers- so it was really fun to finally tackle this.
This painting is small- 8″ x 10″; oil on board.