Columbia Bar Pilots Ready to Greet Aptly-Named Boat

Posted: March 4, 2014  |  By: Ted Shorack [The Daily Astorian]

A 75-foot specially designed pilot boat is headed to Astoria bearing the city’s name on its bow and destined for use on the rough Columbia River bar.

The Astoria is expected to arrive later Friday and will replace the Chinook, a vessel that has been used by the Columbia River Bar Pilots since 2000.

The new boat was named Astoria by the organization to honor the city it calls home and which is historically linked with Columbia River maritime trade.

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