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    scan from slide; photo circa 1970

    The S.S. Catala "Boatel" was grounded by a freakish combination of a 70-mph wind along with a high tide during a wild southwest storm out of the Pacific, around noon on New Year's Day of 1965. Yards of sand were swept from under the vessel's starbourd side. Refloating the Catala proved impossible. Much material was salvaged, but a great deal was stolen..."Piracy" was active; small boats came acress the bay, furnishings were stolen and the thieves could be gone before Ocean Shores deputies could get to the ship. Incendiary fires caused further damage.

    In 1925, Queen of the Union Steamship Fleet, the S.S. Catala plied the Canadian Coastal waters carrying miners, loggers and adventurers; was retired in 1958. She was a floating hotel in Seattle during the 1962 World's Fair, then was towed to California to become a floating restaurant, and in 1963 brought to Ocean Shores to become a floating base for the Ocean Shores Charter fleet and a "Boatel" to fishermen, with 52 staterooms, a ship's restaurant and a friendly lounge. Electricity and telephone service had been extended to the ship; a bridge and roadway made easy access to the ship's parking area, at her bow. Heavy seas removed these conveniences and gradually sand built up to join the two bodies of land, except during extremely high tide when there can be some water flow between the two.

    The Catala's registry dated June 1925, the original official machinery registration, registered in Glasgow, Scotland, was found under a house on the North Beach several years after the ship was grounded. The finder left it with Mr. and Mrs. Ben Morgan, operators of the Museum. The Morgans donated the registry for exhibit to the Ocean Shores Public Library in 1973.

    globaldenny, picaday, Mr. Transistor, and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Anamae . 69 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture!!.......Great title too....:)

      I stumbled over this crusty gem in the Rusty and Crusty Group!

    2. globaldenny 69 months ago | reply

      Like it a lot! Spooky is my new black.

    3. MrHRdg 68 months ago | reply

      Love this - a great subject beautifully captured.

    4. rogiro 68 months ago | reply

      Great image!! Very dramatic...

    5. AEGEOTISSA 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called unlucky boats & ships -πλοία άτυχα, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. The wreckhunter 64 months ago | reply

      A great image,thanks for sharing!

    7. New Talent Modelling 61 months ago | reply

      Wonderful subject ~ Wonderful capture.

      Kudos

    8. Dreamer7112 55 months ago | reply

      fantastic work... great mood !!

    9. Luiz Montenegro 55 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Navio Fantasma / Ghost ship, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. onefamousdog 53 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called summer freedom, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. onefamousdog 53 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called soulful group, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. onefamousdog 53 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called a new world, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. Katarina Rabbit 49 months ago | reply

      I used to play on this, running up slanted stairs.

    14. PhotoPhooey1 47 months ago | reply

      I can't believe this is the same ship I used to play in and around for hours as a kid. My grandfather and grandmother used to take us there while they looked for agate rocks. Good Memories!

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