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.