Advisory Board member Tom Brownson is Vice-Commodore at the Astoria Yacht Club, sailing year round on the river and off shore in his Ericson 38, the Cantata. He also owns this little dinghy, which he has loaned the Ferry on a long-term basis. This will be a great help with cleaning, painting and light maintenance on the side of the ferry away from the dock, and with maintenance of the docks themselves.
Does it need a name? The Brownie?
Capt Christian Lint helped Tom bring the dinghy from its former mooring on the John Day River. Here are a couple little clips of their journey.
Wrapping the main deck stern allows restoration of that area to continue during the wet winter and spring.
Students from the Historic Preservation Department at Clatsop Community College, under the supervision of instructor and Ferry Group Director Lucien Swerdloff, built a frame around the deck.
Students from the Tongue Point Seamanship Program, supervised by consultant Sam Shogren, assisted in finishing out the frame by adding laterals from the black "eyebrow" (it covers the bathrooms) to the deck frame. Then the thick white plastic was stapled to the frame.
(Click on any thumbnail for slideshow with captions.)
Exterior weatherization work is funded in party by a generous grant from
Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Heritage;
and by donations.
Repair and restoration assistance from
Tongue Point Job Corps Seamanship Program
Historic Preservation Department, Clatsop Community College.