The Peter Iredale was a four-masted steel ship built in England in 1890 and owned by the British shipping firm Iredale & Porter. It was bound for Portland, OR, where it was to pick up a cargo of wheat for the United Kingdom. In the early morning of October 25, "a heavy southwest wind blew and a strong current prevailed. Before the vessel could be veered around, she was in the breakers and all efforts to her off were unavailing."She came to rest at Clatsop Beach. The lifesaving station at Point Adams quickly responded and no lives were lost. The wrecked ship became an immediate tourist attraction and continues to be so.