Painting by Gordon
William Clark observed a 25 year old male among the
Clatsop Tribe, who was light skinned, freckled and appeared
to be half white.
Franchere of the ship Tonquin met an old native named
Soto who stated that he was the son of a Spaniard wrecked
many years ago near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Henry reports meeting a 30 year old male who was supposed
to be the offspring of a member of the crew of a ship
that was wrecked a few miles south of Astoria. Henry
also described great quantities of beeswax dug out of
the sand spit.
Edward Belcham tells of the beeswax wreck.
Lee and Joseph H. Frost in “Ten Years in Oregon”
report “The remains of a vessel sunk in the sands
30 or 40 miles to the south (of the Columbia River)…probably
from Asia….contains beeswax.”
has been written that six tons of beeswax was shipped
to Hawaii. (No document has yet been located to substantiate
Clark tells of the “bones of wrecks” of
“two vessels” near the mouth of the Nehalem.
Turn Of The 20th Century
Publications such as the Oregon Native
Son, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Nehalem Valley Historical
Society, and others ran numerous articles about the
Cherry proposed raising the remains for commercial profit.
Alas, the stock market soon crashed causing the loss
of his financing.
Lane, mayor of Manzanita, built a small table from the
wood from the shipwreck. It is in the collection of
the Columbia River Museum.
Giesecke began interviewing the elder residents
of Manzanita and Nehalem and gathering their opinions
as to the precise location of the remains of the shipwreck
in question. His research has continued to this time
and has become the basis for this proposal.
Marshall published Oregon Shipwrecks which summarized
much of what had by then come to print.
Hajada published a paper titled Ethnohistory of the
Nehalem Shipwreck. This paper summarized the native
American oral traditions of the area that may have had
some connection to the site.
Jensen published a pamphlet titled “Tales of the
Gitzen published “Real Treasure Discovered on
Neahkahnie Mountain, the secret voyage of Sir Francis
Drake to the North Oregon Coast”. These two publications
did little to endear the site to serious historians.
Grandson, Robert Losey and Neil Peterson published “Early
Maritime Contact on the Northern Oregon Coast: Some
Notes on the 17th Century Nehalem Beeswax Ship”.
In Changing Landscapes. This paper makes a good case
for the shipwreck dating to around 1640.
Stenger published an article in the Oregon Archaeological
Society Newsletter titled "Physical evidence of
shipwrecks on the Oregon coast in prehistory."