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A Windjammer still holds a world speed record for sailing ships, but by the time of her demise, had been losing money for years; the age of steam had made her obsolete. So when she sailed onto the rocks, many people smelled a rat. >>>> GREAT OFFBEAT STORY set in 1913 Oregon >>> Offbeat Oregon History (article/podcast)
From Oregon Coast Network Oceanscape Network
Don Best, a photographer and historian working out of nearby Rockaway Beach suspects that the Glenesslin incident was staged to collect the insurance money. It’s not a new theory, but it’s never been proved. In a phone interview with the Oceanscape Network, Best said that sailing ships like the Glenesslin were fast becoming obsolete during the early twentieth century and an insurance settlement would surely bring in more money than simply selling off an antiquated vessel.