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“Fun Little Boat”

Oregon Maritime Museum
Ranked #91 of 447 things to do in Portland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Oregon Maritime Museum is housed on the historic steam-powered sternwheel ship-assist tugboat, the PORTLAND, which is docked on the foot of Pine St and Naito Parkway. The PORTLAND is a gem of a boat - she has been lovingly restored from pilot house to engine room. Artifacts displayed on the cabin deck represent a small fraction of the deep history of the working river in the Portland/Vancouver region. Guided tours take you through the entire boat, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Include us on your next stop to the Saturday Market. We are a dedicated group who welcome your local support!
Lynnwood, Washington
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378 reviews
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“Fun Little Boat”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

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.

Visited May 2012
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Walla Walla, Washington
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“Worth checking out...”
Reviewed May 30, 2011

If you go to the Portland Saturday Market walk on down here and check this out. The volunteers were friendly and one gave us a great tour and showed us all over the boat and let us wander on our own as well upstairs. Great view from the Texas deck.

Visited May 2011
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Portland, Oregon
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“good attraction for children”
Reviewed September 5, 2009

This is a good attraction for children, since you can wander around the ship. Highlights include the engine room, as well as the pilot's bunkroom. There are a number of marine experts who volunteer at the museum, and are glad to share their knowledge.

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New York City, New York
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“Fascinating boat”
Reviewed July 26, 2005

The museum is on a steam powered paddle-wheel tug. They have a collection of various paintings and models of relevant ships. You can go up into the pilot house. But the real highlight is the engine room. The boiler, steam engines, and control systems are a wonderful example of the technical skill of a previous era. Highly recommended.

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