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Lot 0736
A bell rescued from the Peter Iredale, a century-old stunning shipwreck still visible off the coast of Oregon, with the words "PETER IREDALE" inscribed in a horseshoe shape with three moulding wires running around the curve. Includes the bell, clapper, and yoke. Discovered by the consigner in her grandparents' cellar in Texas, the bell has been in their family for over half a decade and was once a prized possession of her grandfather, who kept a notable bell collection.

Bell Dimensions: 10" tall 9.5" in diameter at widest point

On the morning of October 25, 1906, the Peter Iredale, a four-masted steel barque that had left Salina Cruz, Mexico on September 26 bound for Portland, ran aground at Clatsop Beach off the coast of Oregon. The Peter Iredale had been built out of Maryport, England in 1890 for use of the British shipping firm Iredale & Porter and had been making voyages between the UK and the Pacific Coast ever since, until that fateful morning when heavy fog and a strong wind blew the ship into the shoreline with such force that three of her masts snapped instantly at the impact. Captain H. Lawrence, the first and only captain the Peter Iredale ever saw, commanded his crew (all of whom were miraculously rescued soon after) to abandon the ship where she lay, famously putting her to rest with the words: "May God bless you and may your bones bleach in these sands."
As soon as the Oregon Journal reported the wreckage, the site began drawing tourists and does so to this day, where the steel bones that received Captain H. LawrenceÂ’s blessing indeed continue to jut out of the water over a hundred years later, now well ravaged by sun and time.

Condition: More detailed condition reports and additional photographs are available by request. The absence of a condition report does not imply that the lot is in excellent condition. Please message us through the online bidding platform or call Guernsey's at 212-794-2280 to request a more thorough condition report.

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Peter Iredale Bell

Estimate $15,000 - $25,000
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