Searchers hunt for ‘Beeswax,’ a 17th-century shipwreck that may be off Oregon Coast – The Register

ASTORIA — The side-scan sonar on the hull of Bob Magie’s chartered catamaran Sovereign painted an image of a rocky seabed beneath the hulking mass of Neahkahnie Mountain, just south of Short Sands beach.

He and Chris Dewey, president of the Maritime Archaeological Society, looked for pieces of hull, a mast — any sign of a shipwreck they believe rests off the coast.

Sonar scans, magnetometer spikes and brief glimpses during dives have led researchers repeatedly to the rocky shores off Oswald West. Based on artifacts, historical ship records and beachcomber discoveries, the archaeological society believes more at

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