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With deep waters but not wide and with few shoals and the Olympics sheltering it maritime tragedy was rare on Puget Sound. Much of it was “man-made” – exploding steam engines, bad or foolhardy navigation. Obviously the captain of the was over confident in the routine of making his deliveries. The freak storm and heavy load drowned him and his. Not far away the Columbia Bar, “Graveyard of the Pacific,” is famous for consuming vessels of all sorts trying to make it into or out of the Columbia River. I found this hand-colored facing of its dangers recently buried with a rarely used and deeply shelved collection at the University LIbrary, Special Collections.

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