Speaker tells of Columbia River bar dangers March 6

For two centuries, the Columbia River Bar has been called one of the world’s most dangerous passages. The loss of nearly 2,000 ships has earned the bar the moniker “Graveyard of the Pacific.”

Learn about the bar’s perilous history and more with Michael E. Haglund, author of “World’s Most Dangerous: A History of the Columbia River Bar, its Pilots and their Equipment” on Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. at Hood River Library.

This book tells the story of the Columbia River Bar, its formation during the cataclysmic Missoula floods which blasted away an earlier mitigating delta, the building of the jetties to stabilize the shipping channel, the adventures and tragedies of the bar pilots and their operators, and finally the equipment used by the pilots to transfer to and from great ocean-going ships.

Haglund is a founding partner of Haglund Kelly Jones & Wilder LLP, a Portland law firm, where he specializes in maritime law, among other areas of practice. He currently is serving as president of the Oregon State Bar. In 1998, Haglund represented the Columbia River Bar Pilots, spurring an interest in the famous Columbia River Bar. He and his son Erick own and manage over 600 acres of forest in the Alsea River valley on the Oregon Coast.

The piloting program is free and open. For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535 or info@hoodriverlibrary.org or visit http://hoodriver

library.org. Sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Bar Association and Hood River County Library District. In addition to the public presentation, Mid-Columbia Bar members are invited to a reception with Haglund at 5 p.m. at 6th Street Bistro in Hood River.

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