Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Puget Island to Westport Ferry"
Includes ... Westport, Oregon ... Puget Island, Washington ... Wahkiakum Ferry ... Oscar B Ferry ...
Image, 2011, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, click to enlarge
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Westport to Puget Island Ferry "Wahkiakum" in route to Westport, Oregon. View from ferry terminal, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken April 22, 2011.


Puget Island to Westport Ferry ...
Wahkiakum County, Washington, has operated the Puget Island to Westport, Oregon ferry since 1962. The ferry runs 365 days a year and tries to keep to a schedule of 18 runs, and is the last ferry in existence on the Lower Columbia River.

Ferry History ...
According to the Longview Daily News (Sat.-Sun., June 12-13, 1965, courtesy "Rootsweb.com" website, 2006), in 1925 Walter Coates started a ferry service with two wooden boats running from Cathlamet, Washington, to Puget Island to Westport, Oregon. Coates sold his boats in 1932.

Between 1932 and 1936 Arthur W. Houchen operated a boat and barge service between Cathlamet, Puget Island, and Westport. In 1936 Almar Danielsen of Puget Island took over and installed the ferry Tourist on the run. In 1938, the bridge between Puget Island and Cathlamet was built, and eliminated the need for the Puget Island to Cathlamet ferry. The ferry to Westport continued by the Tourist. In 1949 Danielsen replaced the Tourist with an all-metal 65-foot ferry named Almar. Danielsen grounded the Tourist on the beach west of the Puget Island ferry dock. The Almar ran until 1959 when the Danielsens quit the business and sold the ferry to Anacortes.

Briefly in 1960 Darrell Boylan of Richland Tug and Barge operated a 75 by 24-foot barge service. Finally in late 1960 the ferry service between Puget Island and Westport was taken over by the county. A new ferry named Wahkiakum was built in Hood River at a cost of $45,000. It began operations in 1962. The Wahkiakum has a capacity of 14 cars and 36 passengers and takes 10 minutes to cross the Columbia.

In March 2015 a new ferry, the "Oscar B", took over the ferry route.


Penny Postcard, Old ferry, Puget Island to Westport, click to enlarge
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Penny Postcard: Old Ferry, Puget Island, Washington, to Westport, Oregon. Penny Postcard, Real Photo, Divided Back. Columbia View Crds, Ocean Park, Washington. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.
Caption on back: "Out of Service. This old ferry, rotting on the beach, was replaced by a modern steel-hull vessel that ferries passengers and automobiles between Puget Island, Washington and the little mill town of Westport on the Oregon side of the Columbia River."


"Wahkiakum" ...
(to come)

Image, 2005, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, click to enlarge
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Westport to Puget Island Ferry "Wahkiakum" in route to Westport, Oregon. View from ferry terminal, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken March 5, 2005.


"Oscar B" ...
(to come)


Puget Island to Westport Ferry

  • Puget Island (Cathlamet) side ...
  • Westport side ...
  • September 17, 2012 ...


Puget Island (Cathlamet) side ...

Image, 2005, Puget Island Ferry Dock, click to enlarge
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Puget Island Ferry Dock. Image taken March 5, 2005.
Image, 2011, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, click to enlarge
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Westport to Puget Island Ferry "Wahkiakum" in route to Westport, Oregon. View from ferry terminal, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken April 22, 2011.


Westport side ...

Image, 2005, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, click to enlarge
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Westport to Puget Island Ferry "Wahkiakum" in route to Puget Island, Washington. View from ferry terminal, Westport Slough, Oregon. Image taken November 15, 2005.
Image, 2012, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, click to enlarge
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Westport Slough Ferry Dock, Clatskanie, Oregon. Image taken September 17, 2012.


September 17, 2012 ...

Image, 2012, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, click to enlarge
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Information sign, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, Westport, Oregon. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Loading cars, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, Westport, Oregon. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Cars loaded, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, Westport, Oregon. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Leaving dock, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, Westport, Oregon. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Leaving dock, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, Westport, Oregon. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Westport Slough, looking east, as seen from Westport to Puget Island Ferry. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Westport Slough, looking north to Puget Island, as seen from Westport to Puget Island Ferry. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Columbia River with the "Green Cove", looking northwest, as seen from the Westport to Puget Island Ferry. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Columbia River and the "Green Cove", as seen from the Westport to Puget Island Ferry. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Columbia River and the "Green Cove", as seen from the Westport to Puget Island Ferry. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Columbia River and the "Green Cove", as seen from the Westport to Puget Island Ferry. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Riding the ferry, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Approaching Puget Island Ferry Dock, Westport ot Puget Island Ferry, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Approaching Puget Island Ferry Dock, Westport ot Puget Island Ferry, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Approaching Puget Island Ferry Dock, Westport ot Puget Island Ferry, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Leaving ferry, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken September 17, 2012.
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Leaving ferry, Westport to Puget Island Ferry, Puget Island, Washington. Image taken September 17, 2012.


"The Golden Age of Postcards" ...

The early 1900s was the "Golden Age of Postcards", with the "Penny Postcard" being a popular way to send greetings to family and friends. The Penny Postcard today has become a snapshot of history.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 7, 1805 ...





Clark, March 25, 1806 ...


Lewis, March 25, 1806 ...




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:
  • "Rootsweb.com" website, 2006;
  • Wahkiakum County Public Works website, 2005;


All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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