On the night of September 13, 1906 the steamship Oregon, captained by H.E. Soule, was en route from Seattle, WA to Valdez, AK with fifty passengers and about 900 tons of freight aboard. Due to heavy fog, the vessel was three miles off course when it ran hard aground on rocks fifty yards offshore from Hinchinbrook Island. This point of land, which marks one side of the entrance to Prince William Sound, had long been regarded a menace to navigation, and just a few months prior to the Oregon’s accident, a Congressional act of June 20th, 1906 had authorized the construction of a light and fog signal station there.
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