While most ships anchored off Astoria in the river are waiting to load cargo, it can be a blessing for a ship with mechanical problems, as happened recently. A ship in need of repairs can wait there until a fix is complete, wait for ordered parts, or be in easy access for expert help. Far from the turbulence of the open ocean. Astoria as a harbor offers a great deal to passing ships, as a port, a place with fuel and supplies and occasionally as a much needed refuge.

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