The Portland was built in 1947 as a harbor tug. She is aprox 220 feet long, and her paddle wheel is 25 plus feet in diameter. She has 7 rudders. In 1980 the Port of Portland who owner her, retired her. They planned to restore her to daily passenger excursions, but gave up due to lack of funding. She was given to the Oregon Maritime Museum a few years ago, and the with massive volunteer help have restored her. The pictures are on her first trip since 1980.
She is on a steel hull, Boiler Deck, and Main Deck. Floor. The rest is wooden.
So hopefully, an exemption can be gotten to allow her to operate as basically is, or funds to change wood to steel.
She is very typical of the Western Steam Paddle Wheeler.
To be able in small way to be part of the restoration and preservation of our history and of the steamboats that made it possible for this country to become truly great is a great satisfaction. Signed: John Shipley