Astoria, Oregon (PRWEB) June 20, 2012
Nowhere in America are the standards higher for a maritime pilot's license than the Columbia River Bar. These stringent licensure requirements are for good reason - based on its propensity to generate huge ship-destroying waves, the Columbia River Bar is the world's most dangerous entrance to a major commercial waterway.
Despite the danger, an elite corps of ship captains from throughout the U.S. has been attracted to the unique challenge of keeping the Columbia River open year-round to commercial navigation.
The long history of dedication of the Columbia River Bar Pilots providing service in extraordinarily dangerous conditions is exemplified in Captain George Flavel's efforts to save the "General Warren" in 1852. As he left the stricken ship stuck in the sands of Clatsop Spit to summon help, the ship captain called out "Pilot, you will come back?" Flavel shouted, "If I live, I will return." Amazingly, he did, only to find that all hands had perished.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum has published the first book written on the Columbia River Bar, its pilots and their equipment, written by maritime industry attorney Michael E. Haglund and illustrated by Eric Baker.
Founded in 1962, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is one of the finest maritime museums in the nation and the official maritime museum of the State of Oregon. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum website for more information.
World's Most Dangerous
pb 114pp Full Color
Publisher - Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria Oregon