Friends and colleagues of Gordon Huggins will be recounting his story at the next Salty Talks event open to the public starting at 6:30 p.m. April 18, at the Salt Hotel and Pub, 147 Howerton Ave., Ilwaco.
Huggins, the sole survivor of the Jan. 12, 1961, capsizing of the United States Coast Guard lifeboat Triumph, passed away March 22, 2019.
Five crew members and two fishermen, Ilwaco residents Bert and Stanley Burgman were lost at the Columbia River Bar when the tragedy struck.
Huggins, a young engine man looking for experience, was below deck when the disaster happened at Peacock Spit. The boat capsized in 35-foot seas and washed ashore near the North Head Lighthouse.
The Salty Talk presentation is in partnership with the Salt Pub and Hotel, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission with support from the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway.
For details, call the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 360-642-3446 or send an email to email@example.com.