Oral History Interview of James A. Gibbs
Robert Schwemmer, Regional Maritime Heritage Coordinator, NOAA
Walter Jaccard, Submerged Cultural Resources Exploration Team
Mike Racine, Submerged Cultural Resources Exploration Team
Jim Gibbs was a noted maritime historian of the Pacific Northwest and founding member of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society.
On January 17, 2009, Jim graciously agreed to discuss a wide range of topics concerning his
years in the maritime industry. It was his 87th birthday.
The interview was conducted over several hours in his home, a private aid to navigation called Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse on Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast.
Jim passed on April 30, 2010 and the Northwest lost not only a direct link to the early days of
20th century maritime commerce, but a kind and gentle man.
In this segment, Jim talks about his days as a US Coast Guard lightkeeper at Tillamook "Terrible Tilly" Lighthouse.