The Astoria Ferry Group is honored to be awarded at $20,000 grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission, a department of Oregon State Parks.
The funds will be used to repair, replace, seal and weather-tighten the exterior of the historic Tourist No 2.
Our preservation team is:
Lucien Swerdloff, Board Member; Instructor, Historic Preservation Dept, Clatsop Community College
Sam Shogren, Executive Director; historic preservationist, Shogren Consulting
Steven Banks, Ship Superintendent; Journeyman Shipyard Boilermaker, Vigor Marine
The team has had several planning sessions and will begin work this summer. The grant comes at the
most opportune time, when we can prevent further weather damage to the vessel by getting the ferry
buttoned up before fall rains begin, while revealing the beauty of its old-growth planks on the fore and aft decks.
The preservation of historic maritime vessels has its own unique preservation beliefs, assumptions, requirements, and guidelines. These are set forth in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation Projects, published May 1990. In keeping with and guided by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, traditional boat-building materials and techniques will be utilized in this project. As a result, traditional oakum, cotton, and tar materials will be used to repair or replace deck seams as needed; compatible wood species will be used when replacement is necessary.
Many thanks to Kuri Gill, Grant and Outreach Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office, for guiding us through the process. And our deep gratitude to the Commission.