FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Cindy Price
Tourist No 2 Returns to Downtown Astoria
ASTORIA OR (January 5, 2018) -- The Astoria Ferry Group announced today that Astoria’s historic ferry, the Tourist No 2, will relocate to the 17th Street public dock on Saturday, January 6, 2018. The Group has secured the moorage with the City of Astoria through Feburary 10, 2018, with the possibility of a short extension. The 17th Street dock makes the vessel accessible to volunteers and visitors while preparations are made for a more permanent moorage at Pier 39.
Observers will see that the Ferry has a new coat of paint, made possible by students from the Tongue Point Job Corps Seamanship program. The new colors are black and white, the historic colors of the Tourist No 2. Under the supervision of owner Capt. Christian Lint and Seamanship instuctor Gunnar Allen, who has recently joined the Astoria Ferry Group’s Board of Directors, the students have also helped to weatherproof the upper decks and remove years of accumulated odds and ends.
Taking a large stride in restoration, the students helped to remove the false floor on the main deck, revealing the original car deck. The sturdy old-growth fir planks will be sanded and sealed, adding beauty to this working vessel.
Pier 39 is home to Coffee Girl, Rogue Ales, Astoria Scuba, and other retail and professional offices. It was built in 1875 for the oldest and largest established cannery in the Pacific Northwest, Hanthorn-Bumble Bee. The Astoria Ferry Group has reached a preliminary agreement with Pier 39’s owner, Floyd Holcom, for long-term moorage of the Tourist No 2 on the south side the cannery. Work is underway to prepare a 120-foot floating dock, accessible to all, to accommodate the vessel.
Open vessel days while at 17th Street will be announced. Interior restorations and repairs are in progress. If you see workers aboard, you’re welcome to call “Ahoy!”
The Astoria Ferry Group was formed in 2015 to promote Columbia River maritime history through the preservation, protection, and operation of the historic Tourist No 2, the last remaining vessel in Astoria’s historic ferry service. For more information, visit www.AstoriaFerry.com.
Ferry friend and Clatsop County (Astoria) District Attorney Joshua Marquis was in New York City and reading the ‘State by State’ section of the USA Today on November 16. Of course he looked at Oregon first, and this is what he saw. Over 4 million copies!