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.
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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.
Our Ferry Godfather
Robert "Jake" Jacob
April 19, 1949 — Sept. 10, 2018
Memorial on board the Astoria Ferry, November 4, 2018
A beautiful weekend of honors and love for Jake. We're very grateful to all who came aboard to tell tall tales and enjoy the beauty of Jake's big dream -- to return the Tourist No 2 to Astoria.
Peace and love, and onward with the restoration of the Ferry!
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Dear Ferry Friends,
This week we're concentrating on the memorial for our Ferry Godfather, Robert "Jake" Jacob. It is this Saturday, November 3, 2:00-4:00pm, at the Astoria Armory.
Jake's family very graciously suggested donations to the Ferry in lieu of flowers. Our goal is to raise $50,000 in Jake's memory as the kickoff to our 2019 capital campaign to raise $250,000. We are halfway there.
Let's make it up for Jake! Help ensure his legacy continues by making a donation to the Ferry today.
You may use PayPal on our website -- www.astoriaferry.com/donate -- or send a check to Astoria Ferry via snail mail: Astoria Ferry, PO Box 221, Astoria OR 97103.
The Ferry will host an Open House from 11:00a-1:30pm and from 4:30pm-7:00pm on Saturday. We will host a Celebration, a sort of onboard Wake for Jake, on Sunday, November 4 from 11:00am-2:00pm. All are welcome to attend. Much parking available on the Pier 39 dock. (All parking spaces are available to the public on the weekend, and after 5pm weekdays.)
You haven't heard from us in a while because we've been SO BUSY working on the Ferry that we've neglected postings and updates. We promise to catch up in the next few days. There is much to tell!
We hope to see you this weekend, and to see your support for one of Oregon's Most Endangered Places.
Peace and love, and onward with the restoration of the Ferry!
On August 13, the Ferry was honored to host the 2018 Gathering of Past Admirals and Presidents. The annual luncheon is the biggest fundraiser for the Regatta's program of generous scholarships awarded each year to Regatta Princesses and Ambassadors. Here's a sampling of photos from official Regatta photographer Scott Docherty. (Click on thumbnails for full size image)
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.
The Astoria Ferry Group is thrilled to announce that the Tourist No 2 has found a permanent home at Pier 39 in Astoria. We're very grateful to Pier 39 owner Floyd Holcom for accommodating the ferry with substantial improvements to his dock. Ferryboat loads of thanks also to Advisory Board members Tom Brownson and Captain Christian Lint for their preparatory work. It seems like we've been living out of a suitcase since the Ferry first arrived, August 1, 2016. Now we can really get down to business.
Edward Stratton, reporter for The Daily Astorian, has taken a liking to the ferry and writes regularly with news of her progress. Here's his latest report:::::::::::::::::::::::::
"Astoria Ferry Group finds harbor," Daily Astorian, June 25, 2018
The Astoria Ferry Group’s efforts to get the Tourist No. 2 back operating on the Columbia River are solidifying behind a new homeport, grant funding and a project manager.
The vessel was brought to Astoria in 2016 by owner Christian Lint. But aside from some short stints at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the vessel has largely languished in anonymity at North Tongue Point, an industrial dock on the eastern edge of the city. A year ago, the group considered giving up the restoration until a new infusion of interest and board members brought the project off the rocks.
Earlier this month, the ferry moved to Pier 39, a waterfront commercial complex along the Columbia where volunteers hope improved access and visibility will lead to more community interest.
“We have our own spot now,” said Cindy Price, a ferry board member and Astoria city councilor who is running for mayor. “It has been a challenge to get things really going until we got here.”
Despite essentially living out of a suitcase, the group has still gathered numerous donations from local businesses and secured grants to help with the ferry’s restoration, Price said. A $20,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation will help overhaul the vessel’s electrical system. Another grant from Restore Oregon paid for a preservation plan on the vessel by Sam Shogren, a maritime heritage consultant the ferry group is bringing on board to oversee the restoration.
“Having completed the preservation plan, it helped give the board a roadmap on where to go in the future,” Shogren said.
The group needs between $2 million and $3 million to fully restore the ferry to the Coast Guard’s satisfaction and build a sustainable operation, Shogren said. The process will have to be split into several phases over the coming years and require a capital campaign seeking out grants, private donations and corporate sponsorships.
The final cost for the restoration will require an inspection of the hull and will depend on how historically accurate the ferry group wants it to look, but the vessel has solid bones and a regional history that lends itself to seeking grants and donations, Shogren said.
Built in 1924, the Tourist No. 2 operated as a ferry between Astoria and Megler, Washington, until it was made obsolete by the opening of the Astoria Bridge in 1966. The ferry relocated to Pierce County, Washington, and continued running routes until 1995.
Argosy Cruises of Seattle later bought the ferry and operated it as the M.V. Kirkland in Puget Sound until 2010. After a fire below deck, the company determined the Kirkland would be too expensive to fix and decommissioned it.
Lint, a captain with an interest in salvaging old boats, purchased the Kirkland and began restoring it before putting the ferry up for sale in 2015. Robert Jacob, owner of the Cannery Pier Hotel, learned about the vessel and convinced Lint to bring it down the Pacific Coast to Astoria in 2016.
Boarding the ferry at North Tongue Point required descending a rickety ladder from an elevated pier. At Pier 39, the boat has a ramp and landing, with plans to add disabled access.
“I think it fits fantastic,” said Floyd Holcom, the owner of Pier 39. “We’ve had historical ships in that location before. This gives great exposure to the ferry, and I think they need all the exposure they can get.”
While Shogren seeks out grants and other sponsorships, members of the Astoria Ferry Group have been organizing events to raise the vessel’s public profile, such as participation in the Astoria Regatta this summer and a class reunion in the fall. The group is offering tours to people interested in the boat’s restoration and will eventually organize docents to facilitate more regular public access starting in the spring, Price said.
“We know that to make this project really sustainable, is it needs to get running on the river,” she said. “It needs to become part of Astoria’s transportation system, figure out how to work it in with the trolley and everything else that goes on, and have regularly scheduled service. Sort of informally, we have a six-year plan to have all that done by its 100th anniversary in 2024.”
Lint, who is also waiting for the group to gather the money to buy the Tourist No. 2, said he has fielded offers in Washington state from people wanting to turn the ferry into everything from a marijuana smoking lounge to a strip club.
“But I want it to be here,” he said. “As long as there is community interest, I’ll go along with this."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2018
Press Contact: Cindy Price
Oregon Community Foundation
awards Astoria Ferry Group $20,000 grant
for Electrical Service Overhaul
The Astoria Ferry Group has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Oregon Community Foundation to help fund the overhaul of the electrical system on the Tourist No 2. Work will include repair and replacement where necessary of: distribution panels which provide electricity to navigational and other operational systems, bilge pumps, the engine compartment heater, aeration compartment fans, cabling, receptacles, and interior and exterior lighting on all three decks.
This part of the restoration of the historic Astoria Ferry will be supervised by Advisory Board member Stephen Gleaves, recently retired from Washington State Ferries where he worked for nine years as their Chief Electrical Engineer. Steve designed all the electrical systems of every new ferry built for WSF since 1991. Students in the Seamanship Program at Tongue Point Job Corps and in the Historic Preservation Program at Clatsop Community College will assist in the project.
All work will be done according to specifications of the US Coast Guard and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.
The Astoria Ferry Group was organized and incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 2015. Its mission is to restore and return to service Astoria’s last remaining historic ferry, the Tourist No 2, an all-wooden vessel built in 1924 at the Wilson Shipyards in Astoria.
The mission of the Oregon Community Foundation is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds — more than 2,800 of them — that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon. Through these funds, OCF awarded more than $118 million in grants and scholarships in 2017.
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.