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I’ve been fortunate to see the Columbia and do posts like this and this.  But equally fortunate is the fact Seth Tane lives there and periodically passes along photos like the ones below, Fennica, along with sister Nordica,  in Portland about a month ago. Fennica appeared here once six years ago in photos from SeaBart, showing the Finnish icebreaker at work in the North Sea oil patch.

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Fennica, as Seth noticed, was carrying a “capping stack,” the yellow object hanging from the red frame on Fennica‘s stern.  Fr the difference between a capping stack and a blow-out preventer, click here.

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Also, notice the shape of the hull in the photo below, especially the widening flair about midships. In the weeks since Seth took these photos, the icebreakers headed out to Dutch Harbor, AK, and toward the Chukchi Sea, where in the past few days a hull fracture has been found.  To be followed.

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Below is oceanographic research vessel Kilo Moana (T-AGOR-26), also in Portland.

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Also this spring .  .  . Global Sentinel was on the Columbia, although she’s currently off the Oregon coast.

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Many thanks to Seth Tane for these photos.

The blog will resume gallivanting in fifth dimension time travel soon, but for now, another set of contemporary Columbia River fotos.

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A train travels the center of Main Street of aptly-named Rainier, Oregon, extending west and

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back east.

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I’ve never seen this line–BC Rail–out east.   They move slowly enough that anyone could jump aboard, although the trip would be only a mile or so from here because this cargo is nearly at the dock, where

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it gets loaded into bulk carriers like this, Ken Mei.  Click here for info on fleetmates of Ken Mei.

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Astern of her is a conventional bulker . . . Cleantec, maybe loading wood chips?

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Further astern is Ocean Hope, log racks up.

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Here Kathryn B passes on the Oregon side of what appears to be a sawing or chipping operation.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

I’m not confusing the Columbia with Colombia, but here’s what I found when I mistyped, on purpose.  Colombia seems to be getting some new vessels.

But on the Columbia, Sommer S seems to be the most powerful vessel of the Shaver fleet.

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Here’s the land office with Willamette and Columbia at the dock, as well

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as Vancouver and Lassen.

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On the far side of Sommer S are Deschutes and Tidewater’s Betty Lou (1950).  Closeup, it’s Mary B.

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Kathryn B is Bernert Barge Line’s sister to Mary B.

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Click here for Bernert Barge Line’s plea to save the dams that make the Columbia navigable for as far as it is.

Foss recently announced it was withdrawing from the Columbia.  A few days ago, Betsy L, Pacific Escort, and PJ Brix were parked at the dock on the Willamette.

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Betsy L

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Lindy Marie (1952) has unusual house lines.  Note in the background the bow of the black mystery tug to the left and USACE’s Redlinger, maybe the fastest survey vessel on the seven seas.

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This is an escort tug built in 1947 with obsolete technology just because it was effective.

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When Portland II was service, it was operated by Shaver.  Click here for a narrative of its operation and transformation to museum vessel.  Click here for a foto of the vessel Shaver replaced the steam vessel with in 1981.

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Yup, I gotta see the movie.

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Parting shot, it’s part of the Brusco fleet.  Nearer vessel is Sharon Brusco.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

The foto below is a repeat, last one of previous post . . . and I stated I was hoping I could find Portland.  Well . . .

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I did!!

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Port of registry on this Foss tug reiterates that.  Not much time for research or commentary on my part, so enjoy the fotos.

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Although this one deserves some enhancement.  Peacock is a pilot boat with a daughter vessel.  Notice the seam around the stern . . . it opens to launch the daughter, which got the pilot to the ship for 30 years.

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Germany-built and delivered in 1967, she’s

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a charm.

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A model inside the museum–where there’s also a video of her delivering a pilot in very rough water–illustrates the flybridge.

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Will Van Dorp took these fotos and will post again when possible.

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