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‘This Nest of Dangers’: 
Astorian speaks up, boosters for maritime economy

‘This Nest of Dangers’: Astorian speaks up, boosters for maritime economy

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In the early 1870s wheat shipments were a major source of marine traffic on the Columbia River.

‘This Nest of Dangers’: 
Astorian speaks up, boosters for maritime economy

‘This Nest of Dangers’: Astorian speaks up, boosters for maritime economy

The Astorian's editor DeWitt Clinton Ireland was an enthusiastic booster of his town's desirability as a maritime port. However, his arguments…

‘This Nest of Dangers’: 
Astorian speaks up, boosters for maritime economy

‘This Nest of Dangers’: Astorian speaks up, boosters for maritime economy

DeWitt Clinton Ireland

‘This Nest of Dangers’: 
Astorian speaks up, boosters for maritime economy

‘This Nest of Dangers’: Astorian speaks up, boosters for maritime economy

Shipping news was front, top and center in one of Astoria's early newspapers.

This Nest of Dangers 
Pilotless, the Desdemona sails into legend

This Nest of Dangers Pilotless, the Desdemona sails into legend

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A painting of the doomed mid-19th century sailing vessel Desdemona adorns a wall of the Astoria tavern of the same name.