Sunday, August 13, 2023

Interesting RPPC on eBay: The wreck of the Alice

Here's a neat listing I came across while browsing eBay this weekend. It's an unused (and expensive) real photo postcard that's described as being of a mother and daughter clamming in Long Beach, Washington, with the Alice shipwreck nearby.

The Pacific County Tourism Bureau website for Washington's Long Beach Peninsula features a 2020 article titled "Graveyard of the Pacific." It states, "From Tillamook Bay on the Oregon Coast to Cape Scott Provincial Park on Vancouver Island stretches a deadly coastal region known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. Thick fog banks, strong currents and waves, and powerful winds have been the peril of many ships since exploration began in the 15th century."

According to the article, the Alice was a French square-rigged ship carrying 3,000 tons of cement that ran aground near Ocean Park during a storm on January 15, 1909. "The entire crew made it to shore, but the cement hardened, causing it to sink deep into the sand," the article states. "The mast and rigging became a landmark and tourist attraction until about 1930. Today, the Alice makes rare appearances during extreme low tides."

Given how long the shipwreck has been there and how visible it was in the first decades, there are probably a lot of postcards and RPPCs showing it. Maybe clamming in front of it was the "hip" thing to do, as I found a similar postcard on Worthpoint. And here's an eBay listing of just the shipwreck (no clamming) on eBay.

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