Japanese Dock Lands in Newport, Oregon

Avast! A little photo tour for ye land lubbers!


There has been a long and steady line of visitors walking from the parking lot at Agate Beach to a large object washed ashore about a half mile away. (Photo for Outdoor Hour Challenge Kin – Queen Anne’s Lace at the Beach).  We have learned that the object, once thought to be a barge, is actually a piece of a dock, washed in from Japan, in direct result to the Tsunami –


We had to be among the thousands that have walked out to touch the dock. It didn’t take long for the boys to try to figure out how to climb on top.  Jon chose the rear of the dock:


We had a nice short window of seclusion where the ‘shift’ of people swapped out.



Jon slipped into the tour guide roll as people started asking him questions.






Brother Joins in . . .


Photos from the view of the top of the deck.





Nate, who does not like wet feet, finds his way on top on the other side.
I think this option only works if you’re six feet tall.





I think one article I read said they had counted 20,000 cars – The steady line of people is impossible to photograph, a half mile of people, in both directions.



The view isn’t bad out towards sea either!  So – there ya have it, a little tour for you land  lubbers!

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11 Responses to Japanese Dock Lands in Newport, Oregon

  1. Jennifer says:

    That is fascinating. How cool that your son assumed the tour guide role.

  2. Shanna says:

    Fascinating! And what a beautiful place!!!

  3. Mary says:

    Wow! I read about this in the news. How cool that you got to see it and touch it.

  4. Amy says:

    Wow, your pictures are amazing. Was that a squid thing stuck in their? I want to know what that was. And you are brave to let your boys get up there :).

  5. Jessica says:

    I’m from Oregon and I love seeing your photos, but they make me homesick!

    can you imagine the force of the wave that ripped that thing from the shore? YIKES!

  6. Giggly Girls says:

    Well isn’t that something? What a small world we live in.

  7. Erika says:

    Leave it to boys to start climbing! Looks like a lot of fun. Great pictures!

  8. Nicole says:

    Hey, Angie- got an interesting plant(s) study to add for you Outdoor Hour Challenge-look up Angelica and Cow Parsnip…and see what you get. 🙂 Great Japanese barge photos!!!

  9. Awesome! Great photos, Angie!! 🙂

  10. My husband is going to be interested in seeing your post. He has been fascinated by the idea that things from Japan would end up on the OR coast ever since the tsunami happened. Thanks for the great report Angie!

    • pebblekeeper says:

      We have found many items from Japan the last 3 winters. Shampoo water bottles, containers, laundry baskets, all with writing that can be traced back. It led to a study of pacific currents. On one day alone Nate found over 56 floats (mostly plastic) . We have found glass floats and have been able to trace them back to an artist in china who sells them to Japan. This dock was known to break Apart in the tsunami, however I think it will be hard to say for sure that each new piece is from the storm.

      Sent from my iPod

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