Posts Tagged ‘commercial fishing’

Visit Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum

March 23rd, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Facade of Columbia River Maritime Museum at night

Photo courtesy of Columbia River Maritime Museum

The Columbia River Maritime Museum has one of the foremost collections of Pacific Northwest maritime artifacts in the U.S. The Museum’s exhibits reflect all aspects of the Columbia River – the extreme forces of nature, legendary salmon runs, the contributions of Columbia River Barge Pilots and the U.S. Coast Guard, navigation aids, and daily life in the Pacific Northwest over the centuries.

The Lightship Columbia: The floating lighthouse and National Historic Landmark marked the approach to the Columbia River from 1951 until 1979. The Columbia offers tours daily.

Crossing the Bar – Perilous Passage: This exhibit shows the consequences when forces of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean collide, creating one of the most dangerous bar crossings in the world. The exhibit displays a rare bar pilot pulling boat used for many years to transfer pilots to ships, plus dramatic video of the Columbia River Bar Pilots and U.S. Coast Guard during dangerous winter storms. Its interactive shipwreck map highlights the hundreds of ships lost to the Columbia River Bar over the past two centuries.

USS Shark Cannon: Here you will see two carronade lost in the shipwreck of the USS Shark, which ran aground on the Columbia Bar when trying to leave the Northwest Territory in 1846.

A Peaceful Return-The Story of the Yosegaki Hinomaru: This exhibit looks back at the mid-twentieth century in a reflective way.  Japanese soldiers in World War II were given flags covered with signatures and well-wishes from family and friends as they departed for war. American soldiers often collected these flags as souvenirs; seven decades later their families realized such flags might be rare tangible mementos of the Japanese soldiers for their families. These flags are being returned to those families in Japan.

Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR
Phone: 503-325-2323
Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults: $14.00, Seniors (65+): $12.00, Children 6 and over: $5.00 3D Film $5.00

When you’re planning that trip to Astoria, you’ll find Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast on Exchange Street is a wonderful central location for exploring not only the Columbia River Maritime Museum, but the other museums, shops, and restaurants in Astoria’s historic district and along the waterfront. According to Frommer’s Oregon, “This is one of the best museums in the state,” so don’t leave the Museum or our B&B off your bucket list for Astoria – give us a call or book online today. History and adventure are just steps from our door!

FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria OR February 24-26 2017

January 20th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Bouys, ropes, life preserver ring hanging on wall of commercial fishing boat

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

February may be a quiet time for fishing in the Pacific Northwest, but the FisherPoets Gathering  brings Astoria alive this month with its celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. Begun almost two decades ago, the Gathering now brings nearly 100 poets, storytellers, and songwriters and their fans from the east coast to the west, and as far away as Hawaii and Europe, to our Columbia River community. The U.S. Library of Congress recognizes the FisherPoets Gathering as a ‘Local Legacy’ project that has ‘spawned’ the genre fisherpoetry through the voices of those whose careers are linked to the sea as fisherman, shipwrights, and cannery workers.  Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Today Show, and BBC all have featured this unique event. For a taste of the talented fisherpoets’ catch, visit In the Tote an on-line anthology of works by participants in past FisherPoets Gatherings.

This year, Fisherpoets will perform poetry, music, and prose Friday and Saturday evenings, February 24 and 25, from 5:00 – 11:00 pm at venues throughout Astoria including the Astoria Event Center, Columbian Theater, KALA performance gallery the Wet Dog Café, the Voodoo Room, and Fort George Brewery’s Lovell Showroom.  They’ll offer workshops Saturday morning on topics such as song writing and knot tying at the Columbia Maritime Museum, and gather later on Saturday afternoon to share oral histories at the popular Story Circle. You’ll also find visual art by Fisherpoets displayed at local galleries and screenings at the Columbian Theater Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast is the perfect location for enjoying all the different Fisherpoet events – you’ll be a short five-six minute stroll from almost all the venues.  Don’t wait to give us a call or go online and book your stay – as Sharon Boorstin titled her Smithsonian article (www.smithsonianmag.com), “Rhyme or cut bait: When these fisher poets gather, nobody brags on the verse that got away”!

FisherPoets Gathering 
February 24-26, 2017
Visit their website for complete list of Fisherpoets, events, and venues
Admission for the weekend: $15 event buttons will be available from all venues and at the FisherPoets Gathering Gearshack beginning at noon on Friday, February 24, 2017.

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