V32 N2 The Pacific Coast Championship Races at Astoria, August 1913

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the Spring 2006 Vol. 32, No. 2
A review and newsletter from the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria , Oregon

From the Wheelhouse


Donald Magnusen, Chairman

Thomas V. Dukich, Vice Chairman

Prudence M Miller, Secretary

Capt. Rod Leland , Immediate Past President Ward Cook, Treasurer W . Louis Larson, Advisor Shelley Wendt, Advisor Cheri Folk, Advisor

Jerry L. Ostermiller, President

Board of Trustees

George F. Beall

Dennis Bjork

Peter Brix*

Richard T. Carruthers * Dave Christensen

Dale Farr

Fred Fields

Walter Gadsby, Jr. Alan C. Goudy * W Dennis Hall

E.H. (Ted) Halton, Jr. Jonathan Harms

John Hart

Don M. Haskell

Senator Mark Hatfield *

Senator Betsy Johnson Dr Russell Keizer S Kenneth Kim

James Mcclaskey

John McGowan *

Larry Perkins

Dave Phillips

Roger Qualman

Hugh Seppa Jim Servino

June Spence

Willis Van Dusen *

Samuel Wheeler Bill Wyatt

* Trustee Emeritus

Of the estimated 17,000 museums in the country, just 750 meet the standards of accreditation set by the American Association of Museums to be recognized as premier institutions. On this national list of the nation's best and most recognized museums you will find the Columbia River Maritime Museum. As the Museum President, I have the honor to report to our membership that the Museum has once again been re-accredited for the third time in as many decades. National accreditation is vital for our Museum's success as it is a true statement of excellence. That we meet these high standards is worthy of mention, but few people know we were the first accredited museum of any kind in the State of Oregon, and have maintained our accreditation ever since.

Every ten years we must re-apply for accreditation, a rigorous process which requires a full report of all Museum policies, an on-site review by a team of evaluators, and first-hand inspections of all our operations. When completed, an evaluation is sent back to Washington D.C. for peer review by a national panel of museum experts who decide which museums deserve the nation's highest pnmacy.

It was an honor to once again be recognized after a long winter of inspections and reviews, and now with Spring in the air it is time to get out our boats, square away our gear and make plans to get back to the water. Sail, power, kayak or take a cruise, but let's all make this a year to celebrate and enjoy the great river and the accomplishments of this great institution.

On the Cover:

Vamoose flying down the Columbia River for the Astoria Regatta Races. The engineer is crouched down forward working the throttle while the pilot steers from the stem of the boat.

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Campus Improvements

Every May we celebrate another anniversary of the Museum (this year is number 44). During these 44 years we have struggled to manage our growing collection of the Northwest's historically significant small craft. It's been a struggle because we have never owned an adequate storage facility designed specifically for our needs and we have relied on our neighbors and friends and leased "temporary" space for over a dozen years.

This all changed this May as Don Magnusen, Chairman of our Board of Trustees, and Collections Committee Chair Prue Miller, led our first tour of our newly remodeled museum-quality small collections storage facility. This 40,000 square foot repository holds all of our boats, motors and large objects and was remodeled to create a clean, secure and well organized environment with the dedicated support of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

Projects of this size and scope position

the Museum as a nationally significant maritime research center, and our primary mission to "collect and preserve " will ensure that future generations will never lose their historic connections to the Great River of the West.

This summer we will also begin expanding the Museum's paved parking lot all the way to the Depot building, allowing 50 additional parking paces and capacity for 11 large RVs and a staging area for the motor coaches which support the cruise ships. This project will continue into early fall and include our long awaited landscaping for the entire campus.

The newly renovated first floor of the Armory, now housing the Museum's small craft collection.

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The Pacific Coast Championship Races at Astoria

In a continuation of our series From the Archives 1ve have selected an ar ticle that we feel would be of interest to our readers from the Museum s Library. This article is reprinted and edited from Pacific Motor Boat's Annual Racing Issue featuring the Oregon Kid on the cover as the new Pacific Coast Champion. The article was by Daniel Pratt in 1913 and offers an exciting glimpse at life in Astoria and the famous Regatta festivities.

Join the story as Mr. Pratt gives his thrilling account of the speedboat races at Astoria.

Even as the old war horse, who did not realize he was down and out, but broke loose at the sound of the trumpet and rushed into battle snorting fire and defiance, so did the battle scarred Oregon Wolf, twice champion of the Pacific Coast, go down to defeat before younger and newer blood at Astoria, still militant, still game, but badly outclassed.

Every horse has its day and so, also, it must be with speedboats.

Down through the hills from the upriver metropolis, just as the Wolf had come three years before, quietly and unostentatiously, came a modest looking little twenty footer, called the Oregon Kid, and so little had been said about her that there were many who did not even know of her coming. But on that bright July morning that marked the opening of the Sixteenth Annual Astoria Regatta and the beginning of the Pacific Coast Championship speed boat races, a dark red streak shot across the line at the start of the Free-for-All and sky-rocketed down the Astoria course in

Oregon Wolf at speed across a glassy calm Columbia River.
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a way that made the old-timers gasp for breath, and by the time she was half way around the course, with the hitherto invincible Oregon Wolf many leagues behind, thousands of people leaned forward with a thrill and realized that at last some new chapters were being written into the history of speed boat racing on the Pacific.

Milton Smith of Rainier, Oregon, owner in the past of the Vamoose and several other notable boats, had said little about his hopes for the season of 1913. Last year, with the Vamoose, he gave the Wolf several close runs for her money, and even won two out of three heats from the champion at Everett. This year, with an overhauled and slightly modified engine, he had also defeated Oregon Wolf II at Portland and Wilsonville, still using the old Vamoose hull. It was thought by many that he would still content himself with this combination, in an effort to win the championship at the Astoria races. It was only a favored few who had been privileged to glimpse Smith's new twentyfooter as she burned up the waters of the Columbia, but these few came to Astoria

with a roll of greenbacks ready to venture their opinion that there would be a new champion speed boat of the Pacific Coast this year and to back that opinion to the limit.

The Oregon Kid is a wonderful little twenty-footer of the one step hydroplane type, designed by John Hacker of Detroit, Michigan, who evolved the Vamoose of the Pacific Coast and the Kitty Hawks of the East last year. She is equipped with the same engine as that was used in the Vamoose, a 100 HP six-cylinder Van Blerck, which since last season has been sent back to the factory, over-hauled and slightly improved, which added considerably to its efficiency. Another important feature of her equipment had been added in the person of her engineer, Mr. Frank Brock, who has made such a striking success in that position that he is already becoming known as "the Bob Burman of the Seas." Brock held a position for several years in a carburetor factory in the East and has also driven many fast motor cars in speed contests, and the few things he may not know about a high-speed

Oregon Kid breaks through some chop, soon to become the New Pacific Coast Champion.

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The Grandstand for public viewing of the races and regatta events. The river view grandstands were built on the old O R.&N. dock near the location of today's Maritime Museum.

Oregon Wolf racing against Pacer in the 1910 Regatta.

racing motor are evidently not contained in the particular motor that powers the Oregon Kid, for he certainly makes that Van Blerck sing as she never sang before, and at Astoria she ran like a sewing machine all the time. When running at racing speed the Oregon Kid creates little disturbance in the water, and while there was no occasion at any time for her engi-

neer to open her up to her limit at Astoria, it was noticed that the faster she went the less fuss she made. In the one or two fast spurts that she did make she planed very little at her bow, but seemed to lift along her entire length until she skimmed over the surface of the water with little submerged but her propeller.

Good water conditions for racing were the rule during the three days of the regatta at Astoria. The events were held in the morning before the trades had a chance to come in from the outside and ruffle up the course, and on all three days the boats had the advantage of comparatively smooth running.

While the regatta opened on Thursday morning, July 3rd, the racing talent commenced gathering on the day before, and all day long on Wednesday the river leading down from Portland was dotted with speed boats, runabouts, and cruisers on their way to the races from up river points. Admiral W.L. Morgan and his staff arrived from Portland on a special train and took full possession of the city on Thursday morning. An excellent program of land sports and social events had been planned for the city's guests in addition to the rac-

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ing and not one hour from the time the visitors arrived on Wednesday until they departed on Saturday night was without some sort of entertaining feature provided by the hospitable hosts.

Thursday morning, the opening day of the regatta, dawned clear and bright with only the hint of a light breeze fanning in from out over the bar. By eight o'clock the launches were busy transporting a gay throng of staff officers and their ladies to the Revenue Cutter McCulloch which was anchored in the center of the course as the official flagship. The first race, the starting heat of the Sixteen Foot Class, was scheduled for 8:30, and following the Admiral's reception on board, a gun boomed from the bridge where the racing officials had gathered, to warn the owners of the boats of the approaching contest.

The point system on which these races were run was worked out for the first time in Astoria, and proved a very satisfactory method. The purses for each race were divided into points, the winner of each

heat getting five points, second place three points and third place one point. This made nine points for each heat, which, with three heats to a race, made a total of 27 points, into which the purse was divided. In the Sixteen Foot Class the purse was $540, or $15 a point, in the Twenty Foot Class, $405 or $15 a point, in the Free-for-All, $810 or $30 a point and in the Twenty-six Foot Class, $270 or $10 a point. The boat that scored points in each heat received the money directly following the races entirely upon its showing in that heat and irrespective of whether it entered any of the other heats or not. This did away with the disputes and ill feeling that were likely to arise under the old system where a boat had to be in all three heats to make a winning, and was likely through the misfortune of break-down or accident in one or two heats to lose the benefit of its winnings in the others.

There was considerable disappointment when it was found that only two boats scored for the start of the race in

The start of the Freefor-All Race at the 1913 Regatta. Baby Bell, Oregon Wolf and Swastika in foreground.

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Swastika racing along the Astoria waterfront. The swastika was considered a good luck symbol before it became associated with Hitler's Nazi Germany in 1920.

the Sixteen Foot Class. A better showing of entries was made in the Twenty Foot Class race which followed the finish of the race between the Gray Porter and the Baby Bell. It was in this race that the Oregon Kid made her first appearance and with her on the staiiing line were the Swastika, the twenty-footer belonging to R.F. Cox of Portland, Oregon, which won the Twenty Foot Championship last year, the Vogler Boy, owned by Vogler Bros. of Portland, also a last year boat, and the two entries in the previous race, the Baby Bell and the Gray Porter. The boats scored well for the race and went across the line in one of the prettiest starts ever made in a race on the Pacific Coast. This lineup did not last long, however, for the Oregon Kid, Baby Bell, and Swastika soon forged ahead of the other two and it was evident that the race was between three boats. It was exciting for a few moments, as the Oregon Kid and the Baby Bell were unknown quantities, being new boats. The Oregon Kid, however, soon

gave evidence of the speed that has since made her famous and went so far ahead that the only question was as to which of the other two would win second place. The Swastika was running well and managed to keep ahead of the Bell until the last tum when Crowley, the engineer, threw the motor on the latter boat wide open and developed a few kinks which he had been holding in reserve, with the result that the Bell shot ahead and came across the finish line for second place .

The real excitement of the day came in the next race which was the first heat of the Free-for-All for the Championship of the Pacific Coast. While the only additional entry was the Oregon Wolf, yet this alone was enough to make the race a dramatic one, as Johnny Wolff's forty-footer had held the championship of the coast for two years almost undisputed and it was certain that there would be a real fight between the old war horse and the new Oregon Kid. The only other entry in the race was R .F. Cox's Swastika. The three

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Oregon Kid and Baby Bell race along the Astoria waterfront.


Oregon Kid paces an early airplane.



Speedboat Wigwam passes a sailing gillnetter rigged with two sails for the regatta. Year unknown.

boats got away for a good start, but the Wolf and the Kid soon left the Swastika behind. The fastest time of the race was made in the first lap, the Kid's time being 7 minutes 23 seconds. The time of the Oregon Kid was thus at the rate of 40. 7 mph, the fastest lap that had ever been made on the coast, the previous record of 39.2 mph being held by the Wolf. The Kid showed her better running qualities

in the very first lap and drew away from the Wolf in a way that made the old timers who had come to look upon the big forty footer as almost invincible realize that there was a new factor in the game that was quite a considerable factor. The Oregon Wolf, however, was after her opponent every minute of the race and it was not until the last lap that her old friends realized that she was really badly beaten. They thought that at least Johnny Wolff's proverbial luck would result in some contingency arising which would bring him in first, but it was not to be so. The Kid finished three minutes and 3 8 seconds before the Wolf, her total time for the 30 ·miles being 46 minutes 49 seconds, and her average speed 35 mph. And those who had watched her run were confident that Engineer Brock had not had her going at her maximum any time. The Swastika was interfered with by a steamer crossing her course and dropped out of the race in the beginning of the fifth lap, after the Oregon Kid had lapped her in the fourth round of

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the course.

The usual commercial motor boat and sail boat races of the Astoria regatta were eliminated for this year, the afternoons being devoted to sports on land and entertainment around the city. Admiral Morgan and his staff and Queen Beatrice, Mrs. Charles Callender, and her retinue of maids, had full sway over the city, the queen having been coronated and presented with a golden key and the Admiral given full command at a very pretty ceremony in the grandstand early that morning. That night the guests of the city and their hosts attended the Queen's Ball at the Moose Hall, which was opened with due pomp and ceremony, after which the gay throng danced until the wee hours.


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:Fir&t B:aat, "rllursday, Jul:y 3rd

1st Lap 2nd Lap I 3rd Lap I 4th Lap 5th Lap 6th Lap Points

7:23 2/5 15:04 3/5123:00 2/5 130:51 38:52 46:49

"Oregon Wolf'" 7:49 2/6 15:57 3/5 24:08 32:22 40:42 50:32

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"Oregon Kid" "Oregon Wolf"

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Second Keat, Friday, July 4th 1st Lap 2nd Lap I 3rd Lap 4th Lap 5th Lap 6th Lap Points

Third Heat, Saturday, July 5th 1st Lap 2nd Lap 3rd Lap 4th Lap 5th Lap 6th Lap Points I 38:57 49:17 1 47:04 59:35

Oregon Wolfheading up river past Astoria


Revenue Cutter U.S.S. McCulloch which was anchored in the center of the course as the official flagship of the Astoria Regatta


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"Most Inspirational" award winner, Carol Moore , radiates the spirit of volunteerism.



Volunteer Chris Bennett knew what "Viking horns optional" really meant. Ya sure, ya betcha!


Volunteers, staff, and board members alike celebrated Scandinavian style at Volunteer Appreciation Night on April 20, 2006. After a dinner highlighted by Swedish meatballs and a variety of Scandinavian pastries, Board Chairman Don Magnusen expressed the Museum's

thanks to the over sixty volunteers who attended this year's event.

Awards began with the recognition of Chris and Dave Bennett, Frances Burham, Ben Cadman, Kristy Ann Chamberlain, Bob Chamberlin, Kenny Ginn, Thome Hilts Steve Johnson, Gene Mellott, Carol ' Moore, Sheila Parsons, Earl Philpott, Fred Schott, Mike Soderberg, and Bill Williams who each contributed over 100 hours to the Museum last year. Ken Charters and John Gilliland were recognized for attaining the 300 Hour Club and Gene Mellott, Larry Nordholm, Al Olson, and Tom Wilcox were all welcomed into the 500 Hour Club. Charlie Ray was honored by having his name inscribed on the 1000 Hour Plaque, an honor shared by only 30 other volunteers in our history.

Terry Shumaker received an award for his work in creating new gallery maps for the docent crew and for photo document ing museum events. Mike Soderberg was recognized for his extensive work with the Union Fishermens Cooperative Pack ing Co collection and Steve Johnson was congratulated for his work in administration, particularly for answering many, and sometimes challenging, phon~ calls At


least two awards were for versatility. Earl Philpott racked up over 200 hours by his work in the Store and on the Lightship Columbia and Lynne Leland was recognized for giving great tours to any and all age groups and leading the Lightship School Program.

Some of the awards this year were bittersweet. Frances Burham has been a Stellar Seller in the Store for years, but is retiring to work full time in a plant nursery. She will still volunteer when she can, but there is room for another retail person on Friday. If you are interested or wish to recommend a friend, please call Cynthia Svensson at 325-2323.

Thome Hilts, Lightship Keeper and Problem Solver Extraordinaire, is also retiring leaving his Thursday, noon to 2:00 p.m., Lightship watch open for a new volunteer. The Store and Ship are both great places to interact with visitors and share Museum history and local information on a regular basis. Two people won Anchor Awards; brass door knockers indicating that they always answer requests for assistance and keep the Lightship safe at anchor. Ben Cadman and Bob Chamberlin have both been in the 2000 Hour Club for years and continue to delight visitors and staff alike with their knowledge and good humor aboard the Lightship.

Volunteer coordinator, Cynthia Svensson, instituted the Most Inspira-

tional Award this year. Her selection was seconded by all present as they simultaneously rose and cheered for longtime volunteer, Carol Moore. It was an inspiring moment and more than one volunteer asked to be called more often upon leaving that evening.

Opportunities abound, from hands on projects with small groups of children to using your own tools and shop to cut out parts for the model ships our Day Campers build. Or perhaps you are knowledgeable in a particular area of Columbia River history that you might like to share with a class or readers. If you would like to join a crew of truly amazing people, please call Cynthia at the Museum to find out more about how you can volunteer. Thank you!

The 100 Hours or More per Year Circle joins their Swedish folk-dress clad volunteer coordinator, Cynthia Svensson, in the limelight.

"Anchorman" Bob Chamberlin presents the crew's own "Light ship DIVA" award to Flag Officer Helen Honl amidst gales of appreciative laughter.

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Library of Congress

Sideboard Secrets Revealed

The U .S.S. Oregon sideboard as it appears today. CRMMPhoto

Recently, the Museum was honored to be given the wooden sideboard from the officer's Ward Room Mess off the battleship Oregon, (BB-3). This beautiful piece of craftsmanship and cabinetry came to us by way of a couple living in Seattle that had used it as a bar for many years. The couple in Seattle was "downsizing" and felt the cabinet should be in a museum where it could be further protected and appreciated. It had been given to them to use by a friend who inherited it from his mother. She received it through her second husband who owned an accounting firm in Portland. He had been given the sideboard in lieu of payment from a client in the early 1950s and had displayed the piece in his business until his retirement.

Like so many items donated to the Museum, this artifact brought with it a story of its past, some chapters welldocumented, others hidden waiting to be discovered by research. The donor believed the sideboard was from the U.S.S. Oregon, but didn't have documented evidence to prove the claim, e.g., a receipt

of purchase or property transfer. Although there was no reason to doubt the word of the donor, an artifact of this significance warranted an investigative attempt to pinpoint its origin. We contacted the curator at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia to see if our cabinet resembled anything that had been on the Olympia, the only remaining steel-hulled U.S. warship from that era. The answer came back a strong maybe, but that wasn't good enough. We then perused the photo archives of several prominent institutions (ah, the marvel of the internet) and finally struck gold with the Library of Congress. The photo, to the left, by Edward H. Hart shows the sideboard behind the gentlemen seated around the ward room mess table on board the U.S.S. Oregon in 1898. Further research revealed that much of the large cabinetry had been removed in Portland in 1942 prior to its being scrapped at Kalama, Washington in 1943. Although we're not always this fortunate, this story has a confident beginning.

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standing of the great river through time.

On Friday, August 4 from 1:30 p.m to 3 :00 p.m. , Martha La Guardia will offer us a presentation and lecture in support of her new book So Others May Live Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death.

Your Museum Store is pleased to present the appearance of two authors this summer. Both bring with them great expertise in their respective fields and both have provided major contributions to the written histories of our region.

On Thursday, July 13 from 3 :00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m . , William Layman, author of River of Memory, The Everlasting Columbia , will provide us with a presentation surrounding his new book. Mr. Layman is a recipient of the James B. Castles Award from the Center for Columbia River History and the author of Native River: The Columbia Remembered He is a guest curator of the Wenatchee Valley Museum exhibition River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia.

Organized to carry the reader from the mouth of the Columbia where it enters the ocean to its source in eastern British Columbia, River of Memory follows the natural history of the river through the archetypal journey of salmon returning to the river's headwaters in Columbia Lake.

The book contains selected writings from distinguished writers including, Jeannette Armstrong, Gloria Bird, William Stafford, David Wagoner and many more. There are many rare and significant historical photographs of locations along the course of the Columbia including many places in Canada which give the reader a deeper and more profound under-

So Others May Live, is the untold story of the history of the helicopter rescue swimmer. There are twelve heroic tales that chronicle the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the inception of the program in 1985. These feats, told through the eyes of the hero , reveal an understanding of how and why the rescuer, with flight crew assistance, risks his or her life to reach out and save a stranger. The events unfold in hurricanes, oil rigs, caves, sinking vessels, floods, Niagara Falls and in the aftermath of one of our nation's greatest disasters, Hurricane Katrina .

Martha La Guardia is a 1989 graduate of the U.S . Coast Guard Academy and career Coast Guard officer herself, working in stations across the country as a Public Affairs Officer.

Please join us on August 4 at 1 :30 p m. for a visual presentation and short lecture by Martha LaGuardia, followed by a book signing.

Our exclusive poster size prints of the Columbia River One Design (CROD) sailing boats are now available in the Museum Store. See the back page for more details.

Membership Pays!

All Members get a 10% discount in the store.

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News and N ates

Day Campers exploring the Duncan Law Seafood Center.

Photo by The Seafood School.

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Day Camp is Back! Sign up quickly as spaces are limited. Anyone who has been to camp as a child can conjure up fond memories pertaining to their experiences. Navigating the Past is the name for our summer day camp program. Every summer for the past four years we have welcomed enthusiastic campers into the Museum for a week filled with educational activities. It is a week that allows children to form friendships, experience new things, and learn more about maritime history and science. Unique experiences abound.

In the past children have dressed up as pirates learning about the Pirate's Code of Conduct, created their own pirate flag or went on a treasure hunt through the Museum. Another day last year the campers took a field trip to Fort Stevens State Park to learn more about shipwrecks and archaeology.

Have you participated in crab races or ever seen someone dissect an octopus? Our campers did that and much more when we visited the Duncan Law Seafood Center last summer. The culminating activity that day was eating the clam

spaghetti that we helped to make! Yum, yum.

What could be better after learning about the Columbia River than seeing it by jet boat. We piled aboard Outrageous and took a tour of the estuary.

Hands-on projects engage the children no matter what their age. Playing games, art projects, model boat building, and experiments provide activities for children with diverse interests.

If you are searching for fun filled days for your child or grandchild this summer you might want to consider enrolling them in Navigating the Past day camp.

July 10 14 session is reserved for children going into third and fourth grades. Fifth and sixth grade students can attend the August 7 11 session. Registration fee is $60 for members, $85 for nonmembers. Call Betsey Ellerbroek at 503.325.2323 for more information.

The Museum's first ever " Duck Day " was a great success. Decoy carver and instructor Bill Antilla demonstrated decoy carving for visitors, drawing steady crowds to watch him work. Family activities were in abundance; including painting your own duck boat, making a duck puppet, trying out duck calls, and even trying out some flippers to learn to walk like a duck! If you haven't seen it yet, the new exhibit Art of the Decoy is worth a visit to the Museum.

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Upcoming Events

On Thursday, July 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., William Layman , author of River of Memory, The Everlasting Columbia, will provide us with a presentation surrounding his new book. Mr. Layman is a recipient of the James B. Castles Award from the Center for Columbia River History.

On Friday, August 4 from 1 :30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Martha La Guardia will provide us with a presentation and lecture in support of her new book So Others May Live, Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death. Martha La Guardia is currently the District 13 Public Affairs Officer in Seattle.

Family Programs are back again this summer at the Museum. Starting June 19 the programs will run every weekday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These activities are for all ages and are designed for families to work together with their children. All family programs are included with admission to the Museum, Members are free of charge.

Rope Making Demonstrations are featured every Saturday at the Museum starting at 1:00 p.m. and Lightship History Presentations are also a part of your visit this summer Saturdays at 11 :00 a.m.

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness we note the passing of Ebba Wicks Brown Ebba was a key partner in the design of the 1982 construction of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, working with RolfKlep's vision. She developed a dynamic and truly innovative design that continues to serve the Museum well.

Growing up in Astoria, Ebba Wicks graduated from University of Oregon in 1938 with a degree in architecture. In 1942 she became the second woman in Oregon to be licensed as an architect. She was the first woman to pass the state board examination and would become the first woman appointed to the Oregon State Board of Architect Examiners in 1960 and became president of that organization in 1964.

Even as the Museum started its remodel in 2000 Ebba had a keen interest in what would happen to the original design. At the Grand Opening she stated she was pleased with the results. We could think of no higher praise from such a respected colleague and friend.

Captain James Maher, a dedicated volunteer, passed away in February. Captain Maher graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and had an active career on ships and in the air, participating in countless air and sea rescues. As group commander at Astoria, he started the small boat training school at Cape Disappointment, Washington. Jim was an invaluable and versatile volunteer for the Museum. We relied upon him for his vast knowledge of maritime topics. Not only did he teach volunteers about sailing and navigation but he assisted new staff in becoming more knowledgeable about the artifacts on display. Jim had donated over 1,000 hours of his time by making rope, leading tours and volunteering on the Lightship Columbia. All ofus will miss his enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge.

Museum Staff:

Russ Bean

Celerino Bebeloni

Ann Bronson

Valerie Burham

Betsey Ellerbroek


Kathy Johnson

Arline LaMear

Jim Nyberg

Lorraine Ortiz

Jerry Ostermiller

David Pearson

Deb Pyle

Nathan Sandel

Hampton Scudder

Jeff Smith

Cynthia Svensson

Patric Valade

Rachel Uiynne

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Helmsman Navigator

Ebba Brown

Mr & Mrs. Thomas V. Joyce Bondietti Michael & Bette Van Buskirk Dulcich

Jackie Branch

Ted & Patricia Bugas Sherrill J. Hartline

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Jacobi Mr. & Mrs. Don M. Haskell New Members Gene & Janet Mellott Captain Mrs. Mabel Herold

January 4 , 2006 May 4, Fredrick Virginia Ostling Dennis Bjork Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Hjorten 2006 Mr. & Mrs. A. C. 'Butch' Mr. & Mrs. C.S. O'Neal Ron & Rosemary Law Statesman Petersen Jerry Ostermiller & Lynne Dennis Blaine Malcom & Diane Smith Welcome Back to Johnson Robert & Kathleen Jordan Mark Schacher Membership Ardelle & Bob Phillips

William Karwoski Boatswain

January 4, 2006 May 5, Frederick Carry Franziska Valentine J.B. Brandt 2006 Dr. & Mrs. David I. Williams Ensign/Individual Herb & Tami Florer Statesman Howard Dent Allen Bergman Lester & Margaret F. McNary Ms. Pat McAfee Loretta LaRocque Sally DeCamp Mr. & Mrs. Arvid North Cant. Dale Dickinson Katie Lane Increased Membership Ensign/Individual Mr. & Mrs. Ernest J. Barrows

Karen Mellin

January 4, 2006 May 5, Fitz Moore

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brockey Ronald Mowrey 2006 Crew/ Family Columbia River Bar Pilots Craig Nielsen Ensign/Individual Paul Masin & Cindy Barlow Donald Fastabend Robert Scherrer Thomas Koch Mr. & Mrs. Eldred Ed & Charlotte Fearey Crew/ Family Louise Larson Hendrickson Gary & Suzanne Green Scott & Vera Baird Kathleen A. Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Harry B. Rice Jr. Captain Fred Jerrell Timothy & Jennifer Brown Charles W. Morby Mr. & Mrs. Robert Scheve

Eugene Knutsen Sandra Ford Cr ew/ F a mily Helmsman

Patricia & James McAvoy Mark & Lori Goodwin Mr. & Mrs. McAndrew Randy Hanson

RADM & Mrs. Edward Victoria Griffith Bums Richard & Esther Pettersen Nelson Jr. Travis J. & Juli A. Hedrick Mr. & Mrs. Cliff Richard Boatswain

Ardelle & Bob Phillips Mike & Lisa Masat Helmsman Terry & Christine Finklein

Capt & Mrs. Jeffrey G. Paul & Sheila McMahon Henry Balensifer Salfen

David & Meg Miller

Mr. & Mrs. Pat Manning

In Honor Of.

Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Wolfgram Phillip Nelson Phil Nock

January 4, 2006 May 5, Mary Zabilski Mr. & Mrs. Niemi Mr. & Mrs. Gary Olson Jo Zimm~rman Ron & Kelly Paananen 2006

Gladys Haglund Duncan Dean & Andrea Perez Robert & Leslie Phillips Daniel Rust Mrs. Dorothy Labiske William Sacherek & Joan Knapp Paul & Eileen Putkey Liselotte Lamerdin

Robert Duncan Stuart & Mrs. Kathy Rigall Mike Rust

Lydia & Tom Morisette Mr. & Mrs. Donald D. Joan Knapp Bob Serack Stephenson T. D. Ebertberger Veronica Smith Elmer Snecht

Mr. & Mrs . Harry Dichter Mr. & Mrs. Peter Strandberg Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Miles Marc & Julie Wellbrock Mr. & Mrs. David Tozer

Betty Farmer Willow Toth & Martha Boatswain

Blanche Autio and Pat Zanger

Rick & Cathy Gardner

Roger Jolma & Rebecca

Memorial Donations


January 4, 2006 May 5, Mr. & Mrs. Ron Anderson

Fisher 2006

Josh Marquis & Cynthia


Lawrence & Lela Newell

Janice Bechtolt

Mr. & Mrs. David D. Corkill

Gladys Halsan

Jim & Carol Servino

Gerald Franciscovich

Mr. & Mrs. James Porter


Michael & Diane

Fredrick Becker II

Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas D. O'Meagher Mr. & Mrs. Harry Dichter Zafiratos

Pilot Mary Bergstrom

Barry & Hazel Schlesinger

Eugene Knutsen

Capt. & Mrs. James R. Elynore Bisom


Josenhine Garvik

Mr. & Mrs. Toivo Mustonen

Lisett Rosalie Gleason

Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Frame Gail & David Bartee

Th e Qu ar terD eck, Vol. 32 N o 2

Robert & Marilyn Bocci Michael Sorkki

Toivio Kuivala

Henn' Wagner, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. June Spence

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mestrich Mrs Alan Honeyman Haglund Randy & Deborah Stemper Mr. & Mrs. Ward Paldanius Henn' Weinhard Wagner John Haglund Dr & Mrs. David I. Williams Vern 0 . Larson Mr. John McGowan Irene Hallbacka Eric and Lenore Hauke

Mr. & Mrs . Ernest J. Barrows Eleanor Wentworth Gladys Halsan Blanche Autio & Pat Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Frame Mrs. Donna M. Gustafson Mrs. Dorothy Labiske Wyrwitzke Ann Johnson Joe & Edith Miller Joann Metcalf

Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Warren & Roberta Lewis Emmy Oren Gramson Sally & John Plaisted Zandra Winters Greg & Saara Matthews Finkbonners & Schubergers Pauline Hambly Randy & Deborah Stemper Daniel & Joyce Waldorf Mrs. Gurie O'Connor Leonore Hauke William Lowans Matt Hankel

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aho Crew of the USS Knapp Dr. & Mrs. David I. Williams Mrs. Beverly Aspmo DD-653 Eric Hauke Mr. & Mrs. Max Bigby, Jr. Ralph Mace Mr. & Mrs. Edward H Aho Mr. & Mrs. Robert Chopping Don & Donna Speed Mrs. Beverly Aspmo Mrs. Jeanne Clifford Ca11t. James Maher Joyce & Gary Aspmo Mr. & Mrs. David D. Corkill Capt. & Mrs. James T. Clune Marvin & Nancy Autio Judie Dreyer Mr. & Mrs. Harry Dichter Mr. & Mrs. Max Bigby, Jr. Bob & Cherry Ekoos Charlotte Jackson Mr. & Mrs. James Bryan Mr. & Mrs. Robert Erickson Madeline Mayhew & Mr. & Mrs. Robert Chopping Del & Cheri Folk Trudy Growe Mrs. Jeanne Clifford Lars Gjovik Mr. & Mrs. Michael Capt. & Mrs. James T. Clune Mr. & Mrs. Don M. Haskell Soderberg Mr. & Mrs. David D. Corkill Mr. & Mrs. Arthur R. Dr. & Mrs. David I. Williams Ms. Judie Dreyer Hippensteel Rob Mangold Mr & Mrs. Robert Erickson Mr. & Mrs. Arthur R. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Harry Dichter Mr. George Fulton Sheila Johnson Mr. & Mrs. W. Louis Larson Mrs. Mabel Herold Mrs. Florence Kelly Ca11t. Jim McAvoy Dave & Donna Haskell Marjorie Leback Dr. & Mrs. David I. Williams Mr. & Mrs. Don M. Haskell Mrs. Betty Markham Kevin Murray Mr & Mrs. Arthur R. Mr. & Mrs Toivo Mnstonrn Mr & Mrs Waltrr Gadsby, Jr Hippensteel Jerry Ostermiller & Lynne Captain & Mrs. Jack Vonfeld Mr. & Mrs. Arthur R. Johnson Ca11t. Jack Newbold Johnson Michael Sorkki Dr. & Mrs. David I. Williams Ms. Sheila Johnson June Spence John Newton Mrs. Loma Kairala Dr. & Mrs. David I. Williams Mr. & Mrs. James Trofitter Mr. & Mrs. Jack Keeler Aili Huhtala Bruce North Dr. & Mrs. Russell J. Keizer Mr. Allan Maki L.J. & Barbara Dedman Ron & Patty Larsen Norma Hunsinger Kenny Paavola Marjorie Leback Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert V. Eldon Korpela Mrs. Betty Markham Kamara Walter Palmberg Mr. & Mrs William Merzke Ca11t. Paul Jackson Donald Link Mr. & Mrs . Toivo Mustonen Charlotte Jackson Mr. & Mrs . Toivo Mustonen Mrs. Nancy Newenhof Ester K. Jerrell Jay Puffinberger Mr & Mrs. Martin Nygaard Captain Fred Jerrel Mr. & Mrs. Ernest J. Barrows Mr. & Mrs. Dale A. Osborn Harriett Johnson Donald Link Jerry Ostermiller & Lynne Mr. & Mrs. Robert M . Oja Louie Rolandi Johnson Alberta Kaufman Wayne Severson Mr. & Mrs . Larry Perkins Mr & Mrs. Robert E Frame Dr. & Mrs. David I. Williams Keith & Sheila Ranta Toivo Kivisto Shorty Sieverson 19 Mary Jane & Henry Sjoblom Joyce Bondietti Mr. Allan Maki

The Quarte rD e ck, Vol 32 No. 2

Now Available in the Museum Store

Your Museum Store is very pleased to present a limited edition of fine quality, signed and numbered giclee prints of the Joseph M. Dyer - Columbia River One Design (CROD) recreational sailboat.

In 1934 Joe was approached by the newly formed Columbia River Yachting Association to design a sailboat that would stimulate recreational sailing on the Columbia River. The boat had to be reasonably priced, simple to construct for the amateur builder, comfortable, have auxiliary power and a shoal draft. The result was the CROD. Only 12 of these boats were built. The Museum owns both hull #1 and hull #2.

Lisa Daniels, the artist, is an antique car enthusiast whose work includes watercolors of a variety of classic cars and boats. Her work may be seen at http://lrdaniels.com.

A limited edition of 150, 23 ½"x 35 ½ ", signed and numbered Iris giclee prints are available for purchase. Retail price is $250, member price is $225 plus shipping. Call the Museum Store for more information at (503) 325-2323.

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