- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A sternwheeler paddleboat doing Willamette River cruises from Salem has been hauled out of the water for a Coast Guard inspection that once was in doubt.

The closure of the Willamette Falls Locks near Oregon City in 2011 meant the Willamette Queen couldn’t get to Portland facilities for an out-of-water hull inspection required every five years.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1IRlWme ) the owners and the Coast Guard had differences over how to do the inspection. The owners said that might mean the end of cruises.

But eventually an Alaska boat company was hired to get it out of the water.

That job was finished Tuesday, when 86-ton vessel was hauled up a boat ramp at Wallace Marine Park and put on blocks in a parking lot.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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