Masthead of wrecked steamship Iowa

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Masthead of wrecked steamship Iowa


  • 1936-01-13 (Creation)


Photograph; cellulose nitrate film; 3.75 x 4.75 in

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Photograph, taken Monday, January 13, 1936, of the top of the steamship Iowa’s mast after the ship wrecked on Peacock Spit, near the mouth of the Columbia River. The ship wrecked during a storm early on the morning of Sunday, January 12. All 34 people aboard the Iowa were killed. A similar photograph, 371N3179, was published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal on Tuesday, January 14, 1936, under the headline “Waveswept Masthead of the Iowa, Bleak Marker of Grim Sea Disaster.” The photograph accompanied two stories: one about the wreck, headlined “Rain, Seas Stall Hunt for Bodies,” and another about the photographer’s experience, headlined “Journal Cameraman Finds Iowa Trip Exciting.”

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 371; 0371N3177

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