Gertrude Southworth (1862 - 1946)
Viewing the Wreck of the Polaris
In 1914 gale force winds along the coast caused the four-masted Polaris to crash into Duxbury Reef. The ship was built in 1902 on the Oregon Coast and made many runs between San Francisco and northern ports. The Southworth family and friends scrambled down rough paths to Agate Beach to view the wreckage. In that era, it was common for men to wear suits, and women to wear full dresses, petticoats, and bonnets when visiting the beach.