Explore the last operating stern wheel steam tug, Portland, at the Oregon Maritime Museum. The museum was first established in 1980 in order to preserve and maintain a public display of maritime objects and in 1991, the museum was deeded the once vibrant Portland.
The Portland was first delivered to Portland on August 29, 1947 in order to help ships dock, turn, and pass through narrow bridges. It also moved loaded ocean-going ships, as well as, saved stranded sail boats from the Willamette River. Over the last 15 years, the Portland has undergone millions of dollars’ worth of volunteer labor to maintain and restore its decks and systems.
You may take a guided tour of the Portland, including its engine room. The tour begins in the main cabin explaining some of the history. You are then guided upstairs to the Captain’s quarters, the small areas around the quarters, and the top navigation deck or wheel house. The docent will inform you when the horns are blown and what they mean. You can touch the Steer Tiller, which operated the steering engine and the Engine Order Telegraph, which is a two-way communication between the wheel house and the engine room.
As you carefully maneuver to the downstairs engine room, you will feel the difference in temperature going from cooler to warmer. The engine room is in working order and you can see the rotors and engine’s condition. You will also see the difference between the then man-handled boards to the current steel hatch lifting cranes for “batten down the hatches”. You will also see a picture of the tugboat signed by all those that worked on the boat for the filming of the movie “Maverick” which starred Mel Gibson and Jodi Foster.
As you return to the main cabin, you will see a plethora of memorabilia and a children’s area which allows them to be creative and feel like the captain of the ship.
Have a merry time as you explore the Oregon Maritime Museum.
On the Willamette River near Waterfront Park
SW Naito Parkway at Pine St
Wed to Sat 11am-4pm
Closed Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31,
Jan. 1 and Easter
Last tour 30 minutes before closing
Senior (62 & older) $5.00
Students (13 – 18 w/id) $4.00
Youth (ages 6 – 12) $3.00
Youth (under 6) FREE
Active Military (w/id) FREE
AAA $1.00 off with card