The Astoria Ferry Group is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a seed grant from Restore Oregon to help fund a preservation plan. The purpose of the plan is to:
Sam Shogren MPA, of Shogren Consulting Group, Portland, maritime and heritage consultants to communities and ports, has been engaged to prepare the plan. The company specializes in working with maritime industries to preserve their heritage. Mr. Shogren is a historical archaeologist and historic preservationist with more than 30 years’ experience in heritage preservation
Mr. Shogren will utilize the expertise of the vessel operations team on the Astoria Ferry Group’s Advisory Board, as well as extensive documentation in the Group’s records, including a recent Historic Structure Report prepared by the Historic Preservation Department at Clatsop Community College; decades of Coast Guard inspection reports; pictorial and written documentation of renovations in the early 2000s which transformed the Tourist No 2 into a passenger ferry; pictorial and written documentation going back to the vessel’s construction in 1924.
The preservation plan is being undertaken to ensure that our work will confirm with the Secretary of the Interior's standards for historic preservation, providing guidelines specifically for the maritime nature of the project.
With a detailed preservation plan in hand, the Astoria Ferry Group will embark on a capital campaign to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the Tourist No 2. The Group raised over $50,000 to ‘Bring Her Home’ and another $30,000 for volunteer led repairs and moorage while research continued.