New Carissa 20 years later: Remembering the beached ship that just wouldnt leave the Oregon Coast – The Register

The saga of the New Carissa began 20 years ago this month, when the huge wood chip hauler ran aground a couple miles north of Coos Bay.

A torpedo sent the bulk of the freighter down nearly 11,000 feet into the Pacific Ocean far off shore about five weeks later in March 1999, but the stern of the ship lingered on the Oregon Coast until 2008 when marine salvage experts finally plucked it apart. Lasting lessons remain though, including requirements for ships passing through waters off the Oregon Coast to have salvage plans and improved pumping techniques to more at

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