New Carissa Shipwreck
New Carissa Shipwreck
North Spit Beach
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The 600-foot bulk freighter went aground roughly one mile north of the jetty, on Feb. 4, 1999, and several winter storms prevented the ship from being towed back to sea successfully causing the hull to eventually split into two parts. The bow was towed out to sea and sunk, and the stern is still mired in the sand on the North Spit. To get there, watch for the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Horsefall Beach sign, approximately one-half mile north of the green McCullough bridge outside North Bend, OR. on US Highway 101. Turn west (left if northbound, right if southbound on US 101) and follow the Transpacific Parkway. You'll cross railroad tracks near the Weyerhaeuser facility. Bear right and cross the second set of railroad tracks, then bear left past the Horsfall Beach turnoff. The boat ramp is approximately three and one-half miles farther, and about 100 yards farther is the entrance to the North Spit road to the New Carissa on the right. The BLM requires visitors to keep pets on leash at all times. Also visitors with pets must stay in the wet sand portion of the beach, that is exposed at low tide, to avoid disturbing the nesting shorebirds.
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