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Ship Report podcasts take you to a special corner of the world: the Mighty Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. Nautical lore, news and info, mariner interviews, daily international ship traffic, and the inside scoop on our formidable marine weather. Join maritime journalist Joanne Rideout on the Ship Report, as we explore the fascinating nautical world, on the Upper Left Edge of Oregon and beyond.  The Ship Report is proud to celebrate 20 years on the air!

Water safety – just in time for Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day weekend, and as I often do this time of year, I've put on my safety hat. Just a few tips you can put in your pocket, to help you stay safe and happy in your maritime adventures in the Pacific Ocean and on the Mighty Columbia.

How Cape Disappointment got its name

A look at some local history and a little reflection on what it must have been like being an ocean explorer outside looking in - at the mouth of the infamous Columbia River - when there were no dams to tame the rivers flow, no navigational buoys to guide you in, and...

Sailing cargo ships seem to be in our future

Today a look at a new generation of cargo ships that look like the bulk carriers we see now, with an added twist: rotating columns and wing-like structures on deck that catch the wind and act like sails, even though they don't look like anything we're used to.

How you can enjoy a (pricey) cup of coffee courtesy of a sailing ship

A new/old upstart method of shipping coffee is catching hearts, minds and mugs in Europe and Canada (so far): Coffee shipped by sailing vessel, with close to zero carbon footprint.

Passage, Part 2: Mice, and more mice

I don’t have a photo for this boat story today, but I do want to tell you this one. It’s the tale of how I took a stand against something ugly in the boat and won. Here goes: Tomorrow I am going to dive back into fixing up the boat, but today I wanted to document...

Columbia River Ship Traffic

Approximate Vessel Travel Times
  • Portland/Vancouver -Astoria: 6-8 hours
  • Kalama -Astoria: 5 hours
  • Longview -Astoria: 3.5 hours
  • Columbia River Bar – Astoria: 1.5 hours
Times vary according to tidal conditions, current, weather, and individual vessel horsepower.
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Tides

When’s High Tide where you are?  Find Tidal info at www.saltwatertides.com

Tide times are often listed in 24 hour time.  For times after noon, subtract 1200 from the time to get regular clock time. Ex: 1300 hrs – 1200 = 1:00 pm)

MLLW:  Also, tides are referenced to Mean Lower Low Water, a reference point for depth on many nautical charts. MLLW is the average of the lower of the two low tides in a day, over a 19-year cycle. Minus tides are lower than MLLW.

Adjustments: If you’re right on the coast, subtract an hour from these times. Upriver, highs and lows happen later. For instance, in Knappa, add an hour. In Clatskanie, add 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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Water safety – just in time for Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day weekend, and as I often do this time of year, I've put on my safety hat. Just a few tips you can put in your pocket, to help you stay safe and happy in your maritime adventures in the Pacific Ocean and on the Mighty Columbia.

Lisa Blair sets a new record for Antarctic cirumnavigation

A few months back I told you about this amazing gal, Lisa Blair, who set sail in her 50 foot sloop alone to sail around Antarctica and set a new world record for that passage. Well, she's back and she did it. All she wanted was a shower and she's off to new...

How Cape Disappointment got its name

A look at some local history and a little reflection on what it must have been like being an ocean explorer outside looking in - at the mouth of the infamous Columbia River - when there were no dams to tame the rivers flow, no navigational buoys to guide you in, and...

Sailing cargo ships seem to be in our future

Today a look at a new generation of cargo ships that look like the bulk carriers we see now, with an added twist: rotating columns and wing-like structures on deck that catch the wind and act like sails, even though they don't look like anything we're used to.

How you can enjoy a (pricey) cup of coffee courtesy of a sailing ship

A new/old upstart method of shipping coffee is catching hearts, minds and mugs in Europe and Canada (so far): Coffee shipped by sailing vessel, with close to zero carbon footprint.

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The Ship Report is also broadcast  Weekdays at 8:49 am on  KMUN Radio Astoria, Oregon

Columbia River Bar
“Pilot transfer” is when a pilot disembarks or boards a ship. Ships generally must by law have a river or bar pilot on board when they are on the Columbia or Willamette Rivers. The bar and river pilots have separate pilotage grounds defined by the Oregon Legislature.

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Producer Joanne Rideout is a journalist and photographer who created The Ship Report in 2003. Since then Joanne and has been interviewing, writing and photographing the maritime world and its interesting people as much as she possibly can.
Ship Horn Signals

Commonly Heard off Astoria

One prolonged blast every two minutes or less: vessel operating in fog.

Five consecutive horn blasts: warning signal that means literally “I do not know your intention.” This generally means another vessel is in the way of a ship in the channel, and is being asked to move before they collide.

Three short blasts: Vessel going in reverse

One long blast followed by three short: signal for the change of pilots. Soon after this signal, you’ll see the pilot launch Arrow II head out to a passing ship, to facilitate the transfer of bar and river pilots.