700 N.W. Bond Street Bend, OR, 97703
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Old St. Francis History Pub
Old St. Francis School
6 pm doors, 7 pm event
Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!
All ages welcome
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6 pm doors, 7 pm eventFree. First come, first served. Arrive early!All ages welcome
Presented by Scott Williams, Archeologist
The north Oregon coast abounds with tales of mysterious shipwrecks, lost castaways, pirates, and sailing vessels visiting the coast prior to the recorded expeditions of Captains Cook and Vancouver in the late 118th century, and farther north than the known voyages of the earlier Spanish explorers. While written off for years as tall tales or Indian myths, there is historical and archaeological evidence that at least two unrecorded Spanish ships wrecked on the Oregon coast prior to about 1750, as well evidence for English castaways or deserters, Japanese junks, and possibly other vessels as well. Scott Williams, the lead archaeologist for the Maritime Archaeological Society's Beeswax Wreck Project, will discuss the Society's 10-year effort to locate the Beeswax Wreck, a Spanish Manila galleon that wrecked in Tillamook County near the Nehalem River. Scott will also touch upon the historical and archaeological evidence for other shipwrecks and survivors prior to European and American exploration and settlement of the Pacific Northwest.About the Speaker:
Williams is a professional archaeologist with over thirty-five years of
experience conducting archaeological research throughout the Pacific Northwest,
the islands of the Pacific, and Australia. He has worked for government
agencies, private consultants, and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. He is
currently the Cultural Resources Program Manager for the Washington State
Department of Transportation, where he manages the agency's archaeology and
history program. He is on the Board of the
Maritime Archaeological Society and serves as the Principal Investigator for
the Beeswax Wreck Project, a non-profit, multi-disciplinary team investigating
a Spanish Manila galleon wrecked on the north Oregon coast in 1693.
Artist Credit: Gordon Miller
These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.
This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp
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