Columbia River Maritime Museum
course-scheduleBarbey Maritime Center for Wooden Boat Building


Barbey Maritime CenterNamed in honor of the Barbey family, the historic 1925 Astoria Railroad Depot has been transformed and is dedicated the preservation of traditional maritime skills and trades, including wooden boat building, bronze casting, foundry work, wood carving and tool making.

The Barbey Maritime Center, located at the far east end of the Columbia River Maritime Museum property, will house classes–including those in wooden boat building–as well as workshops and demonstrations of skills and trades relevant to the maritime culture of the Columbia River. It will also serve as the Museum's regional boat documentation center and the site for a legacy business that will manufacture the copper boat nails essential to the construction and repair of traditional Scandinavian-style lapstrake boats. These activities, tailored to serve adults and school children, will provide educational, cultural and economic benefits to visitors and residents.

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Recent news:

Maritime Museum unpacks the history of the Barbey company
Daily Astorian, January 24, 2013

New Astoria museum will emphasize area's boat-building past
The Oregonian, January 23, 2012