- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - A historic ferry that ran in Astoria from 1924 to 1966 is visiting its home town, and a local effort is under way to keep it there.

Robert Jacob contacted owner Capt. Christian Lint and arranged for him to sail the 91-year-old ferry to Astoria next month, the Daily Astorian reported (https://bit.ly/1gzzcTK).

Lint says depending on the response from the community, he’ll make arrangements to leave the Tourist No. 2 in Astoria.

Jacob, who owns the Cannery Pier Hotel, says he hopes the Astoria community can come up with ideas to own the vessel, finance it and operate it.

“All I’m trying to do is get it here and let the community look at it and see if we can come up with an idea (to keep it),” Jacob said.

The 110-foot boat has three decks and can carry 185 people. Lint says most of it is original, with some replaced planks.

Ferry rides across the river to North Beach in Washington ended when, almost 50 years ago, the Astoria Bridge opened.

City Councilor Russ Warr says the bridge makes it unlikely that the ferry will return to its old routes if it stays in Astoria, noting its potential as a tourist attraction.

“I’m skeptical, but I’m not rich. And there are a lot of people that are not skeptical that are rich,” he said.

Jacob says he hopes the ferry runs up and down the waterfront as it did in the past.

“These are the kinds of projects that make Astoria unique,” he said. “These are the kinds of projects that set the community apart from others.”


Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com

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