Past to Present Lecture Series - "Disaster at Sea"

presented by: Columbia River Maritime Museum

Starts:Tuesday, February 20, 2018  10:30 AMEnds:Tuesday, February 20, 2018  11:30 AM

Free with admission or museum membership


Columbia River Maritime Museum

1792 Marine Drive

Astoria, OR 97103

Event Description:

Please join the Columbia River Maritime Museum Tuesday morning, February 20, at 10:30 a.m. for our final presentation of the 2018 Past to Present Lecture Series. The Lecture Series is free with your paid admission and always free for museum members.

Captain Bruce Jones, USCG (Ret), and the deputy director of the museum, will present "Disaster at Sea: True Tales of Shipwrecks from the Perspectives of Survivors, Rescuers and Investigators."

The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in October 2015, with the loss of 33 lives, was the worst U.S. maritime disaster in 30 years.  Captain Jones will explore how this and several other disaster, including the loss of the tall ship Bounty in October 2012, occurred despite the availability of technological advantages mariners of earlier generations could only dream of.  He will also recount several dramatic Coast Guard rescues at sea.

Captain Bruce Jones retired from a 30-year Coast Guard career as commander of the  Columbia River sector in 2014. A career helicopter pilot and two-time captain of the port, he piloted the Columbia River Bar Pilot helicopter for more than two years before taking a seat as Astoria City Councilor (Ward 4) in January 2017. He has been the deputy director of Columbia River Maritime Museum since November 2017.

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