Illustration by Jim Ewing
July 4, 1980. A 58-foot powerboat was laboring off the wave-tossed Oregon coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Celia. As it approached Tillamook Harbor, the seas grew rougher, funneling between two jetties. The yacht attempted the passage but became uncontrollable. A Coast Guard 44 Motor Lifeboat plunged into the maelstrom. Positioned to break some of the waves, it escorted the yacht to safety.
Celebrating a half-century of boating
In July 1987 I was a proofreader at a typesetting house — my first “real” job after graduating from college with an English literature degree. It wasn’t what I had in mind for a career, but it kept me current with my student loan payments.
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