S.S. Catala - Ocean Shores, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 46° 56.632 W 124° 07.325
10T E 414604 N 5199537
The S.S. Catala was originally used to carry woodsmen and miners from British Columbia to Alaska. In 1962 it operated as a floating hotel for the World's Fair. It was tipped over during a storm while docked at Ocean Shores.
Waymark Code: WM26YZ
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 09/14/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member StagsRoar
Views: 215

This shipwreck has been dug up by the Washington State Dept. of Ecology due to leaking oil tanks that were contaminating the nesting area of a bird that is an endangered species. I'm leaving this waymark here so the info is available and if you would like to post a visit to the area, feel free to do so. It is a pretty park.

The S.S. Catala was originally built in Scotland in 1925. For years it carried woodsmen and miners from British Columbia to Alaska until is was retired in 1958. In its next life it became a floating "boat-el" for the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle. After the fair it was taken to Ocean Shores and docked there as a hotel for charter fishermen — complete with poker games and prostitutes. In January of 1965 the ship was tipped in a winter storm.

After salvage was determined to be out of the question the upper portions of the ship were cut off and the remaining hull was buried in the sands. There it remained until the winter storms of 2006 washed away sand and excavated the old wreck. It was discovered that the ship had been buried with large amounts of oil on board and the State Department of Ecology planned a cleanup. The shore of the spit is home to the nesting grounds of the western snowy plover, an endangered species, and also the streaked horned lark, a candidate species. This made clean up extremely difficult and even more necessary. So far 13,000 gallons of oil have been removed from 2 of the 5 tanks. A total of up to 60,000 gallons is possibly held by the ship, however no one knows what they will end up finding in the remaining tanks.

Date of Shipwreck: January 1st, 1965

Type of Boat: Powerboat

Military or Civilian: Civilian

Cause of Shipwreck: Storm while it was docked

The shipwreck area can be seen from a sandbar behind the taped off area. There is currently oil removal going on and there are 2 endangered species of birds in the area.

Diving Permitted: no

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