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 two speakers each week who will discuss topics pertaining to the Columbia River and the Museum’s collections. Call Kathy Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator, to enroll or for more information. 

January 7, 2014, 9:45
The Northwest Coast Native Americans
Presented by Jim Bergeron

Jim will discuss the origin of the Northwest Coast Native Americans, their culture and technology. Examples of their cultural artifacts will be shown and explained.

January 7, 2014, 11:00
Elk, Salt, and a Monstrous Fish:
Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia    
Presented by Tom Wilson

In November of 1805, members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition finally reached the Pacific Ocean, a key objective in President Jefferson’s instructions.  Join us as we discuss what decisions and preparations were made to survive a long and wet winter near the mouth of the Columbia River.

January 14, 2014, 9:45
Building the Jetties
Presented by Gary Kobes   

The construction of the Columbia River jetty system was a world-class engineering accomplishment that massively altered the landform of the mouth of the Columbia River and adjacent beaches. It is a story of passion, bravery, ingenuity, technological convergence and tenacity that spanned a period of 55 years from 1885 until 1940.

January 14, 2014, 11:00
The Joys of Being a Lighthouse Keeper on Tillamook Rock
Presented by Eileen Houchin

The U.S. Lighthouse Service employed hundreds of men to run the nation’s lighthouses. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was one of the more notorious stations. Attend to find out if this assignment was an adventurous job, or a standard government employee position.

January 21, 2014, 9:45    
USCGC FIR-The Bar Tender                                                             
Presented by LCDR Jon Kreischer

The USCGC FIR (WLB-203) is an ocean-going buoy tender home ported in Astoria, Oregon. Her assigned missions include aids to navigation, fisheries and boating safety law enforcement, and oil spill recovery operations along the coast. LCDR Kreischer will share stories and experiences.

January 21, 2014, 11:00  
Hidden Maritime Gem                                                                       
Presented by Len Tumbarello

Tongue Point Job Corps Seamanship program was initially established in 1980 and has been producing credentialed Merchant Mariners for the maritime industry ever since.  The program is equipped with three training vessels. Highlights of the training vessel IRONWOOD’s 70 year epic tale will be covered.

January 28, 2014, 9:45    
Log Ship Operations                                                                           
Presented by Capt. Robert Johnson

Log exports are becoming more prevalent from the Port of Astoria. This presentation will address the log trade, ship evolution, loading and discharging, and crew duties.

January 28, 2014, 11:00  
Pacific Sardines: Their Biology, Harvest, and Management                
Presented by Bob Emmett

Pacific sardines are a very important commercial and ecological fish species. They have been one of the most studied fishes on the west coast but its biology still has some uncertainties. Its abundance appears to be highly linked to ocean conditions/climate change but exactly how this occurs is still unknown.

February 4, 2014, 9:45    
Ft. Stevens, One of Oregon's Rediscovered Treasures              
Presented by John Koch

For decades Fort Stevens stood as Oregon's only major defense system against attack from the sea. After its closing at the end of WW II, Fort Stevens quickly and quietly fell from the limelight as the state's main military defense. Hear some of its long-held stories and secrets and keeping alive the memory of a not-so-long-ago past.

February 4, 2014, 11:00  
Wheat Marketing Center                                                                     
Presented by Dave Shelton

Wheat is an important commodity shipped from the Columbia River. The Wheat Marketing Center in Portland conducts wheat utilization research and serves as a bridge between wheat customers and producers. During this presentation we will learn more about some of the research undertaken and the courses offered to international partners through the WMC.

February 11, 2014, 9:45
The New Columbia River Bar Pilot Boat                                             
Presented by Capt. Michael Tierney

The Columbia River Bar Pilots have been innovators in pilot transportation systems since the late 1960s. The bar pilots are building their third jet boat. Captain Tierney will elaborate on their successful boat operation that began with constructing the Chinook.

February 11, 2014, 11:00
Port of Kalama
Presented by Mark Wilson

Executive director of the Port of Kalama will cover the Port of Kalama’s early beginnings to its success as one of the top five west coast ports for total volume of bulk commodity exported annually.

February 18, 2014, 9:45    
War of 1812 and the Columbia River                                                 
Presented by Jeff Smith

The War of 1812 and the arrival of the HMS Racoon asked the “Oregon Question,” and the visit by the USS Shark in 1846 answered it. How the presence of two ships of war affected thirty-five years of international politics and posturing in the Oregon Country.

February 18, 2014, 11:00  
The Future of Marine Renewable Energy in Oregon                            
Presented by Jason Busch

Oregon has the potential to benefit significantly from a marine renewable form of electricity generation. Jason will discuss renewable energy projects, research, and Oregon's efforts to attract and build this new industry safely and responsibly.

February 25, 2014, 9:45
A Conversation with a Columbia River Bar Pilot                                
Presented by Capt. Thron Riggs

Captain Riggs will give an overview of Columbia River Bar Pilot history, pilot qualifications and selection process, transportation system, business operations, and the types of ships that call on the Columbia River. The remainder of the time will consist of questions posed by the audience. Bring your curiosity and questions!                        

February 25, 2014, 11:00  
West Coast Groundfish Observer Program                                          
Presented by Ryan Shama

Fishery observers collect catch information aboard commercial vessels, fishing along the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.  Through quality assurance/control measures, analysis and reporting, the WCGOP ensures that high-quality observer data is made available for the management of living marine resources in this region.