By Associated Press - Monday, February 1, 2016

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Organizers of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Astoria-Megler Bridge are pushing to have a historic ferry that took passengers across the Columbia River returned in time for the festivities.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://is.gd/IjwqBf ) that Tourist No. 2, the ferry, is scheduled to be dry-docked and inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard next month. After minor repairs are completed, officials hope to sail the ferry back to Astoria for the bridge commemoration.

Tourist No. 2 was in service from 1924 to 1966 and is Astoria’s last intact ferry.

The Astoria Ferry board is looking to purchase the ferry and keep it in the city permanently. Owner Capt. Christian Lint says he has not fixed a price, but generally believes the ship should stay in the city.

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

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