Video from YouTube user MrTaylortex.
The 72 foot long F/V Chevelle was returning to Newport March 10th after transiting the coast from Coos Bay. As it crossed the bar at the head of the Newport Jetty, it was caught from behind by a series of high waves that caused its considerable load of crab pots to shift, tiling the vessel hard to port, which affected its steerage. It went aground on the rocks of the north jetty. Over a day or two the sea metal-fatigued the craft, and it eventually broke in two. Both halves went to the bottom of the channel and from this video the front half of the craft remains intact.
A NOAA oceanographic ship leaving port did a sonar sweep of the channel and found the remains of the Chevelle pretty close to where it sank. That prompted a video-toting scuba diver to head for the site and to record video of the vessel on the bottom. He posted it on You Tube and we link to it from News Lincoln County.
We’ve heard there are plans to eventually retrieve the vessel from the channel.
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