The Tourist No 2 and its sister ships of the Astoria ferry fleet completed the last water gap in the Pacific Coast Highway system, operating continuously on the Columbia River for 70 years as auto and passenger ferries. Only the Tourist No 2 survives today from the once-vital Astoria fleet. Her nomination to the National Register of Historic Places was approved in March 1997. The Tourist No 2 was brought home to Astoria in the summer of 2016. Restoration throughout 2017.
BRINGING HER HOME
In 2015 the non-profit group Astoria Ferry began negotiations to return the Tourist No 2 home to Astoria from the waters of Puget Sound, which she had worked since 1966. Helmed by her owner, Captain Christian Lint, and his engineer, Capt. Jim Peacock, the Tourist No 2 crossed the Columbia River Bar on August 1, 2016.
The Astoria Ferry Group is a non-profit organization comprised of shipwrights, marine engineers, boat enthusiasts, licensed contractors, lawyers and local business owners. The common goal is to restore the Tourist No 2 back to a fully operational vessel for tours along the Astoria waterfront, charters, and dockside events.