The Sea Lion II’s owner-hired-captain indicated that he fell asleep and woke up too late to stop the grounding of the fishing vessel. The Sea Lion II was built in Japan back in the 1960s but spent much of its fishing life working the west coast of the U.S. It’s last load of salmon was off-loaded and hauled to Newport – it’s engine was also reportedly salvaged.
Update: Just got a message from photographer Kerry Terrel that she found a different version of the history behind the Sea Lion II: She said…. the Sea Lion II was built in 1940 at the Siletz Boat Works in Kernville, OR. Made of Port Orford Cedar. The boatyard no longer exists. The owner had the boat for 3 years and it was his only boat, lifelong dream….
The engine was pulled out by the excavator and I don’t know where it was headed after demolition, but the owner told me that it was toast due to sucking in saltwater.
So there ya have it.