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.
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.