Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Living Sanctuary section includes Marine Life, Habitats, Ocean Environment, History and Culture
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Living Sanctuary section includes Marine Life, Habitats, Ocean Environment, History and Culture
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Living Sanctuary section includes Marine Life, Habitats, Ocean Environment, History and Culture

Leonore

The Leonore was a wood sailing vessel built in River John, Nova Scotia in 1874. For nearly twenty years she sailed the Pacific coast of North and South America. In the fall of 1893 she left Valparaiso, Chile bound for Puget Sound, under the command of Captain Jenaca, to pick up a cargo of lumber.

On October 4 she lost her bearings in a bad storm and heavy seas off the Washington coast. In the pre-dawn hours a lookout spotted what he thought was a ship dead ahead. It wasn't a ship, however, but one of the many offshore sea stacks. The ship struck the rock and started sinking approximately three miles north of the Quillayute River.

Hoping to save his wife, Captain Jenaca grabbed her and together they jumped overboard with several other crew members. They were never seen again. The rest of the crew remained on the ship until it broke apart. Most of them made it safely to shore by clinging to pieces of wreckage. Those who survived the shipwreck set off along the shore, barefoot, for a three-day trek to Neah Bay.

After the loss was reported the tug Discovery was sent to search for the wreckage, but by then there was nothing left of the Leonore. The bodies that washed ashore were buried in a common grave behind the Hole-In-The-Wall three miles north of LaPush.


Read about individual shipwrecks in the sanctuary:

Austria

H.M.S. Condor

Emily Farnum

Lamut

Pacific

Prince Arthur

Skagway

Southerner

St. Nicholas

Temple Bar

W. J. Pirrie

See Shipwreck Map



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