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Offbeat Oregon History: Coos Bay shipwreck was scene of massive, drunken looting party

PHOTO: COOS HISTORY MUSEUM

The steamship Santa Clara stands almost high and dry on the beach at the mouth of Coos Bay early in the day on Nov. 5, 1915, surrounded by onlookers and would-be looters.

ON THE MORNING OF NOV. 5, 1915, at the back of the entrance to Coos Bay, a big steamship could be seen towering improbably over the beach, stuck fast in the sand close to shore.

 

This was the Santa Clara, a 233-foot steamer on the . . .

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