About a mile north of the mouth of Coos Bay lie the scorched and rusting remains of the New Carissa, a 660-foot wood chip freighter that ran aground here on Feb. 4, 1999. After it was set afire in an attempt to burn off the fuel oil, the ship broke in two. The bow was eventually towed offshore and scuttled at sea, but the scorched and rusting stern remained in the surfline for years. It is still there at this writing, though state officials planned to have it removed in 2008. With or without a shipwreck, the North Spit can be an appealing destination for a beach walk, with good birdwatching potential along the way.
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