The Desdemona Sands lighthouse: a bit of lower Columbia history

Feb 20, 2024

Today, in answer to a listener question, we take a look at the long and illustrious history of lighted navigational aids and rescue stations on the lower Columbia between Astoria and the ocean.

In particular, we’ll delve into the history of the once proud (and quite useful) Desdemona Sands Lighthouse, which once stood on pilings in the river near Hammond. The Desdemona Light even had her own lighthouse keeper, which must have been quite a job!

The Desdemona Sands lighthouse: a bit of lower Columbia history

The Desdemona Sands lighthouse: a bit of lower Columbia history

Today, in answer to a listener question, we take a look at the long and illustrious history of lighted navigational aids and rescue stations on the lower Columbia between Astoria and the ocean.

In particular, we’ll delve into the history of the once proud (and quite useful) Desdemona Sands Lighthouse, which once stood on pilings in the river near Hammond. The Desdemona Light even had her own lighthouse keeper, which must have been quite a job!

A look at today’s ship schedule, including the ship getting repairs at the Port of Astoria

Feb 16, 2024

Today, to round out the week, we’ll take a look at today’s ship schedule and talk a little about the cargo ship, the Manila Trader, that is at the Port of Astoria for repairs.

A look at today’s ship schedule, including the ship getting repairs at the Port of Astoria

A look at today’s ship schedule, including the ship getting repairs at the Port of Astoria

Today, to round out the week, we’ll take a look at today’s ship schedule and talk a little about the cargo ship, the Manila Trader, that is at the Port of Astoria for repairs.

Latest on Oregon offshore wind energy projects

Feb 15, 2024

The Bureau of Ocean Enerby Management, BOEM, released the latest info this week on the proposed floating offshore wind energy projects slated for southern Oregon coastal waters. Even after a lengthy public comment period last fall, stakeholders like tribes and commercial fishermen still say they aren’t being heard.

A 30-day public comment period opens this week. Info online: Google “BOEM Oregon Activities.”

Share your comments here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/02/14/2024-02985/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-an-environmental-assessment-for-commercial-wind-leasing-and-site

Latest on Oregon offshore wind energy projects

Latest on Oregon offshore wind energy projects

The Bureau of Ocean Enerby Management, BOEM, released the latest info this week on the proposed floating offshore wind energy projects slated for southern Oregon coastal waters. Even after a lengthy public comment period last fall, stakeholders like tribes and commercial fishermen still say they aren’t being heard.

A 30-day public comment period opens this week. Info online: Google “BOEM Oregon Activities.”

Share your comments here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/02/14/2024-02985/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-an-environmental-assessment-for-commercial-wind-leasing-and-site

But wait, there’s more!… A Bit about Tugboats, Part 3

Feb 14, 2024

A timely listener question led me into another interesting line of thought about tugboats and how they control their barges, and so… I bring you: A Bit about Tugboats on the Ship Report, Part 3…

Latest on Oregon offshore wind energy projects

But wait, there’s more!… A Bit about Tugboats, Part 3

A timely listener question led me into another interesting line of thought about tugboats and how they control their barges, and so… I bring you: A Bit about Tugboats on the Ship Report, Part 3…

A Bit about Tugboats, Part 2

Feb 13, 2024

Yesterday we started talking about tugboats, and there was so much to say that I decided to to do a second episode.

Tugboats are the maritime essence of the saying, “big things in small packages.” Today, among other things, a story about how tugs helped a big ship dock safely in heavy current in a port in British Columbia.

Today we’ll hear Part 2 of “A Bit about Tugboats on the Ship Report.”

A Bit about Tugboats, Part 2

A Bit about Tugboats, Part 2

Yesterday we started talking about tugboats, and there was so much to say that I decided to to do a second episode.

Tugboats are the maritime essence of the saying, “big things in small packages.” Today, among other things, a story about how tugs helped a big ship dock safely in heavy current in a port in British Columbia.

Today we’ll hear Part 2 of “A Bit about Tugboats on the Ship Report.”

A Bit about Tugboats, Part 1

Feb 12, 2024

Today I’ll answer a listener question about tugboats on the river. It’s an interesting and broad subject, so much so that I had too much to share to fit into just one show. So today is Part 1 of “A Bit about Tugboats on the Ship Report.”

Tugboats haul cargo on barges on rivers and oceans, and assist tugs in port. They are vital in the maritime industry and ships could not do their work without them.

Part 2 tomorrow…

A Bit about Tugboats, Part 1

A Bit about Tugboats, Part 1

Today I’ll answer a listener question about tugboats on the river. It’s an interesting and broad subject, so much so that I had too much to share to fit into just one show. So today is Part 1 of “A Bit about Tugboats on the Ship Report.”

Tugboats haul cargo on barges on rivers and oceans, and assist tugs in port. They are vital in the maritime industry and ships could not do their work without them.

Part 2 tomorrow…