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.
Jose Salvador Alvarenga claimed to have survived 13 months adrift on the Pacific when his boat beached Jan. 29 in the Marshall Islands.
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