ILWACO, Wash. — Salty Talks presents “A Tribute to Gordon Huggins, U.S. Coast Guard ‘Triumph,’” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18.
Friends and colleagues will recount the story of Huggins, who died in March. He was on board the the USCG lifeboat Triumph on Jan. 12, 1961, when tragedy struck. Five crew members and two fishermen, Bert and Stanley Burgman of Ilwaco, were lost on the Columbia River Bar. Huggins, a young engineman looking for experience, was below deck.
His account of capsizing and washing ashore near the North Head Lighthouse is worth hearing.
Salty Talk presentations are free and held upstairs in the Salt Hotel & Pub, 147 Howerton Ave., on the Ilwaco waterfront. Come early or stay late if you want to grab dinner or beverages. Seating is limited. No reservations will be taken.
Salty Talks are held in partnership with the pub, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, with support from Friends of Columbia River Gateway.