Siuslaw River, Florence

Florence is a small city at the mouth of the Siuslaw River on the Oregon coast. Historically it was a center for logging and commercial fishing but today tourism is the main industry. The schooner Bella grounded on the south jetty on January 1906. The Bella was built upriver of Florence at Acme (now known as Cushman) in 1897. She served the lumber trade hauling lumber from Florence to San Francisco and bringing supplies back since the town did not have road access at the time. It is reported that the Bella arrived at Florence when the bar was rough and was laying offshore waiting for better weather when she was blown ashore. The crew walked through the surf, and all the supplies were salvaged, but the ship was lost. Most of the time there is no trace of wreckage but occasionally winter storms erode the intertidal area a bit lower than normal and remains of the ship are exposed. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the Siuslaw River and Florence.