Mile 125 Report

December 17, 2011
by rubygoes

Location:
Coos
North Beach on North Spit Coos Bay
Conditions:
Saturday 12:00 PM
Cloudy
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Humans / Pets:
People:
7
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
5 horseback riders
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
Much debris from the wreck of a 57 ft. fishing vessel remains on the beach and foredune approx 1/4 mile from the north jetty of Coos Bay. The New York ran aground on Oct. 24 after taking on water. The three fishermenaboard swam to shore. 300 gallons of diesel, 15 gallons of hydraulic oil, and a half-gallon of oil were on board, according to the captain. He carriedno insurance. Coast Guard pollution investigators responded and developed a cleanup operation. Calum Stevenson of Oregon State Parks told me that the pollution clean-up was successful.
Notable Wildlife:
small amount of bull kelp, Sanderlings looking for lunch,1 Western Grebe tossed onto the beach by surf, captured and taken to wildlife sanctuary.gulls overhead
Dead Birds:
Total:
6
Species/names:
4 Western Grebe, 1 crow, 1 gull.
Stranded:
Total:
1
deceased baby mammal, partially eaten,believed to be a seal.
Fish & Invertebrates:
young salmon shark, about 1 1/2 ft. long.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Styrofoam
The wreckage of the New York is still scattered around the beach and foredune where it went aground.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
The Western Grebe mentioned above was wrapped in my jacket,placed carefully into my saddle bag and had an interesting afternoon, I'm sure. The next morning the bird was taken to Free Flight Sanctuary in Bandon whereI left him with our area's experts on seabird rehab.My horse was able to drag about 35 feet of thick nylonrope, very heavy with sand, to a stationary sign on thebeach where I tied it, and notified BLM of its whereabouts for pick up. 2 bags of litter hauled off. The 10-24 boat wreck was not cleaned up as requested by State Parks. The stern has remained at the original location, but the bow has been carried about 1/2 mile north by the surf. Much debris was pulled off the beach, but still sits on the low foredune, looking like the leftovers of a rummage sale. A more recent wreck of a fishing vessel in the same location remains underwater, and that debris should eventually come ashore in the same location. That wreck, unfortunately,involved one fatality.
Summary:
This was an eventful Coast Watch excursion. The1945 wreck of the George Olsen was still visible,due to little storm activity at the time of myvisit on 12/17. Other than two very large treetrunks being deposited on the beach, there waslittle evidence of the usual winter wave action Ihave seen in other years. Then a second wreck,the New York, which ran aground after taking onwater 10-24-11. I learned a great deal about thecost to the state of clean-up when the boat owner is uninsured. Our local Coast Guard was on thescene within minutes to help the 3 man crew, andto begin cleaning up the pollutants that went intothe ocean so close to shore. I found no evidenceof oil sheen or globs, no birds that appeared tobe oiled. I rode through the wreck area a weeklater, and it is possible the sea had reclaimedany casualties that were effected by the leakageof gas and oil; however, the Coast Guard pollution investigators' response was immediate, and I'm sure averted a tragedy for wildlife on Mile 125. We are very proud and thankful to have them stationed here in Coos Bay, and all along our coast. State Parks and BLM officials have increased work of all kinds when an uninsured vessel is lost. The second vessel lost in the same area only a month later, is a sad reminder of the power and capriciousness of the ocean we all find so beautiful and restorative.
Other Mile 125 Reports (9)

2013

January 17, 2013 - rubygoes
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2012

September 9, 2012 - rubygoes
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2011

September 19, 2011 - rubygoes
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June 20, 2011 - rubygoes
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2010

September 26, 2010 - rubygoes
Miles 124 and 125, those just north of the north jetty on Coos Bay, must certainly retain their title of the filthiest miles in Oregon. Litter pick up here is like trying to drain the ocean with a...
May 6, 2010 - rubygoes
May 6th was as perfect a day as Nature can provide for enjoying our beautiful Oregon Coastline: cobalt blue sea, waves to 3", picture perfect waves crashing into blazingly brilliant white surf, all...
March 7, 2010 - rubygoes
The wreck of the George Olson, that 2008 smash sensation, lay covered up last year, but now it's back. Not too impressive, but there. Its one visible side stands 4' at the bow, 2' at the stern....

2009

December 19, 2009 - rubygoes
12/19 was supposed to be stormy, but instead gave us a warm 56 high temp. and a partially sunnyday. Although the tide was outgoing, the surf wasso high that I did not risk exploring all of 126.My...

2008

March 12, 2008 - flotsam
This mile appears to be unadopted. I submit this report to provide some photos of the wreck of the purported George L. Olson.
  • View of the bow of the George L. Olson wreck
  • Starboard side of the hull