SS Lamut Rescue, Teahwit Head

The Lamut was originally launched in 1919 as the Lake El Pueblo in Lake Erie by the Great Lakes Engine Works in Ashtabula, Ohio. The steel steamship was 250 feet long and displaced almost 2,700 tons. The Russian Merchant Marine acquired and renamed the ship, and she was then transferred to the Pacific to operate between the U.S. west coast and Soviet east coast. On April 1, 1943, off the coast of Washington with a load of cargo from Portland, Oregon and bound for Vladivostok, Lamut was set upon by a storm that saw winds up to 75 knots. The crew lost their bearings and grounded the ship on Teahwhit Head south of Cape Flattery in a treacherous area known as the Quillayute Needles. The U.S. Coast Guard Beach Patrol Station at La Push responded with boats and an overland search team. The boats were ineffective in the raging surf, but the shore team managed to throw lines and rescue the entire crew using an improvised Bosun's Chair. Read more about this incredible rescue here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the Quillayute Needles and the Washington coast.