The Oregon Maritime Museum can be found in Tom McCall Waterfront Park floating on the Willamette River. The steam powered tug Portland makes up the museum. After paying a modest admission (AAA discount honored), a volunteer takes you on a tour of the boat. My guide Peter did a nice job explaining the history of the boat and the layout. Highlights of the tour include the engine room, the pilot's bunkroom, the wheel, and the deck. Decks were named after states and it's fitting their big deck is the Texas deck. After the tour, you can meander through the exhibits of other like ships. There is also a video of the ship making a voyage to Saint Helens on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Peter mentioned the boat will be taking people out for tours in the summer. That will make a great addition to the area and a nice reason to make a return visit. Well worth the time.
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