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.
Co-Presidents of the Astoria Ferry Group Cindy Price and Dulcye Taylor went to Portland on a semi-secret mission this past Friday, to attend the awards dinner where the Tourist No 2 was officially added to Restore Oregon's 2018 list of Most Endangered Places. It is an extraordinary honor and will [in the words of RO] highlight the ferry's value as a cultural and economic asset, and then help bring together rehabilitation expertise, resources, and local support to revitalize the Tourist No 2 so she can again contribute to the community and be passed forward to future generations. She received a lot of big whoops from the nearly 300 dinner guests, second only to the beloved Jantzen Beach Carousel.
Astoria ferry makes Oregon’s most endangered listThe nonprofit Astoria Ferry Group is restoring the Tourist No. 2
By Edward StrattonThe Daily Astorian
Published on November 13, 2017 7:59AM
Restore Oregon has named the ferry Tourist No. 2 one of its 12 most endangered places in 2018.
The nonprofit Astoria Ferry Group is restoring the 93-year-old vessel to be used for river excursions and other events.
Restore Oregon’s endangered list names properties in imminent danger of being lost. Inclusion on the list makes the project eligible for technical assistance and educational resources to develop strategies for long-term viability and preservation.
Built in 1924, the ferry worked the Columbia River under Capt. Fritz Elfving. The Navy commandeered the vessel in 1941 to lay mines at the mouth of the Columbia after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war, the Army used the ferry between Fort Stevens and Fort Canby, Washington. In 1946, Elfving bought the ferry back and used it until 1966, when the Astoria Bridge opened.
The ferry was sold and used in the Puget Sound region by Pierce County, Washington, until 1996. It was later used for summer cruises and purchased in 2010 by Christian Lint for dockside events in Bremerton, Washington. Local hotelier Robert Jacobs learned of the ferry’s existence and started negotiating with Lint for its return to Astoria.
The Astoria Ferry Group raised more than $50,000 to have Lint bring the vessel in August 2016 from Bremerton, Washington, to North Tongue Point. A year after the ferry’s arrival, the group issued an ultimatum for $100,000 and a fresh influx of volunteers, warning that the restoration effort had plateaued and could stop.
But new volunteers, including Lint and seamanship students from federal training site Tongue Point Job Corps Center, have taken over restoring the vessel at North Tongue Point.
“While it provides protection from the weather, it is a primitive facility, with dilapidated pilings, and provides power sufficient only to keep the generator battery charged,” Restore Oregon said in its explanation of threats to the vessel.
The ferry faces issues with deterioration, water damage, utilities and antiquated equipment. The Astoria Ferry Group hopes to move the vessel to the waterfront commercial complex at Pier 39 for more public exposure while volunteers continue to prepare it for the Coast Guard certification needed to carry groups on the water.