Columbia River Maritime Museum

Columbia River Maritime History
Lecture Series

Tuesdays, starting January 6, 2015                  
10:30 to noon

Kern Room

Come join us every Tuesday in the meeting rooms at the Museum to learn more about maritime history. This lecture series offers a different speaker each week who will discuss topics pertaining to the Columbia River and the Museum's collections. No registration required.  

January 6, 2015
Salmon Fishing on the Northwest Coast
Presented by Steve Fick

Steve Fick is the owner of Fishhawk Fisheries of Astoria, Oregon, and Kenai, Alaska; a member of the West Coast Seafood Processors; and an advisor to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. This presentation will include both an historical and contemporary view of this fishery.

January 13, 2015
Port of Astoria    
Presented by Mike Weston

Mike Weston, Director Business Development & Operations for Port of Astoria, will discuss the port’s history and its future. 

January 20, 2015
John Jacob Astor and the Founding of Astoria
Presented by Mac Burns   

Mac Burns, executive director of Clatsop County Historical Society, will discuss why and how Astor created a fur trading outpost at the mouth of the Columbia River.

January 27, 2015
Lewis and Clark
Presented by Sally Freeman

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Ranger Sally Freeman will discuss the Corps of Discovery’s visit to the lower Columbia and their winter at Fort Clatsop.

February 3, 2015    
Weather Hazards of the Pacific Northwest
Presented by Tyree Wilde

Tyree Wilde from the National Weather Service (NWS) will talk about the various weather hazards we experience in the Pacific Northwest, storm conditions that affect the Columbia River Bar and some historic weather events.  Included will be some initiatives underway in the NWS to build a Weather-Ready Nation.

February 10, 2015  
Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest
Presented by James Cole

James will discuss the history and evolution of fishing vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, from native canoes to Columbia River gillnetters and on to present day freezer long-liners. This illustrated talk will include stories about the builders and the fishermen.

February 17, 2015    
Beeswax Wreck Project                                                                           
Presented by Scott Williams

Before recorded history, a large sailing ship wrecked on the Oregon coast near the Nehalem River. We know which ship it was and when it wrecked, due to a unique set of coincidences involving the size and type of the ship, its cargo, and the effects of a very large tsunami that did more to protect the wreck than destroy it. Come hear the latest findings of the Beeswax Wreck Project.

February 24, 2015  
Helicopter Pilot for the Bar Pilots                
Presented by Bruce Jones

Few environments are more challenging for a helicopter crew than night, offshore and low level. Throw in approaches to the pitching, rolling decks of ships at sea, and you'll understand why flying the Columbia River Bar Pilots' helicopter and hoisting the Bar Pilots to and from ships 24 hours a day are some of the most demanding jobs in aviation. Capt. Bruce Jones, USCG (Ret), will discuss the operations of the CRBP helicopter and add a few stories from his 30-year career in Coast Guard aviation.