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Elated by a recent record-breaking run, the skipper of the full-rigged clipper ship Atalanta bet two other captains heavy money that he'd arrive in South Africa before they did -- even though they'd be clearing port weeks before he would. Hoping to make up some time and win his bet, he doubled down on his wager by taking a shortcut close by the Oregon Coast ... and lost his bet off Tillicum Beach. (Off Waldport-Yachats, Lincoln County; 1898) (For text and pictures, see


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