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"'Wendy Rose', Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington"
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Image, 2016, Columbia Shores, Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Wendy Rose" sculpture, Renaissance Trail at Columbia Shores, Washington. Image taken January 20, 2016.


"Wendy Rose", Waterfront Renaissance Trail ...
"Wendy Rose" is a 10-foot tall and 5-foot wide stainless steel sculpture located along Vancouver's Waterfront Renaissance Trail.

According to the City of Vancouver's "Public Art In Vancouver" website (2012):

"... The Wendy Rose sculpture commemorates and honors all those who worked at the Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver. ... The stainless steel sculpture is shown in work clothes proudly donning a red glass polka dot scarf. She is seen stepping from the home to the industrial work world and into the future, crossing the dam that powered the shipyards. Wendy is surrounded by other local symbols of the era which help celebrate the spirit and legacy of women of WWII. ..."

The sculture was designed and created by a group of local artists known as "Women Who Weld". The sculpture sits on land once part of the Kaiser Shipyards at Ryan Point.


Kaiser Shipyards ...
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Image, 2016, Columbia Shores, Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Renaissance Trail at Columbia Shores, Washington, view looking west. Image taken January 20, 2016.

Once part of the Kaiser Shipyard, not-quite-finished ships lined up bow to stern along the shoreline "sea wall". The sculpture "Wendy Rose", a tribute to "Women in the Shipyards" is on the right.


Women in the Shipyards ...
"Women in the Shipyards"

"During World War II, the nation experienced an intense labor shortage as the demands of supplying troops and products grew. Women began to enter the work force in unprecedented numbers, especially those businesses directly supporting the war effort: shipyards, aircraft plants, and other defense industries. In this area, the main employer was Kaiser Shipyards, which offered good wages and steady shifts.

In 1941 the Bo's'n's Whistle newspaper stated that "shipbuilding would have stopped at the sight of a woman on the ways." Kaiser Shipyards employed only a few hundred women, all as office workers. By the next year, attitudes had drastically changed. Kaiser advertised for women welders, opening the door to the industrial workforce. By 1944, more than 10,000 women were working at the Vancouver yards, many as journeymen-level employees in a variety of trades. ...

Though women's roles were far more varied than welding ships and riviting aircraft, it was these duties which came to symbolize their contributions. Like "Rosie the Riveter", "Wendy the Welder" became an American icon commemorating wartime service. ...."


Source:   Information sign along Vancouver's Renaissance Trail, at sculpture "Wendy Rose".


Image, 2016, Columbia Shores, Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Women in the Shipyards" sign, Renaissance Trail at Columbia Shores, Washington. Wendy Rose Sculpture. Image taken January 20, 2016.


Views, 2014 ...

Image, 2014, Wendy Rose, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Wendy Rose", Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 4, 2014.
Image, 2014, Wendy Rose, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Wendy Rose", Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 4, 2014.
Image, 2014, Wendy Rose, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Wendy Rose", Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 4, 2014.
Image, 2014, Wendy Rose, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Wendy Rose", Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 4, 2014.


Vandalism, 2013 ...
"VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) A statue that was beheaded by vandals two months ago in Vancouver is whole again. Workers placed a new head Tuesday on the 10-foot tall Wendy Rose statue overlooking the Columbia River. The Columbian reports the original head and the vandals who took it in May have not been found. The Wendy Rose name is a reference to Rosie the Riveter, symbol of women who worked in shipyards in Vancouver and elsewhere during World War II. The statue stands along Vancouver's Waterfront Renaissance Trail."


Source:    "KOIN.com" website, 2013, information from "Columbian.com" and the Associated Press.

Views, 2011 ...

Image, 2011, Wendy Rose, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Wendy Rose", Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 31, 2011.
Image, 2011, Wendy Rose, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Wendy Rose", Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 31, 2011.
Image, 2011, Wendy Rose, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Detail, "Wendy Rose" sculpture, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 31, 2011.
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Detail, "Wendy Rose" sculpture, Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 31, 2011.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 4, 1805 ...
A cloudy cool morning wind from the West we Set out at 1/2 past 8 oClock [from their camp on the north side of Government Island, approximately across from Fisher's Landing], one man Shannon Set out early to walk on the Island [Government Island] to kill Something, he joined us at the lower point with a Buck. This island is 6 miles long and near 3 miles wide thinly timbered     (Tide rose last night 18 inches perpndicular at Camp) near the lower point of this diamond Island [Government Island] is The head of a large Island Seperated from a Small one by a narrow chanel [Lewis and Clark show two large islands on their maps, both in today's Government Island area], and both Situated nearest the Lard Side, those Islands [even today the Government Island reach is a complex of many islands] as also the bottoms are thickly Covered with Pine &c. river wide, Country low on both Sides; [since 1983 the Interstate 205 bridge crosses Government Island connecting Oregon to Washington]     on the Main Lard Shore a Short distance below the last Island we landed at a village of 25 Houses: [near Portland International Airport]; ...     This village contains about 200 men of the Skil-loot nation ...

at 7 miles below this village passed the upper point of a large Island [Hayden Island] nearest the Lard Side, a Small Prarie [Jolie Prairie, today the location of Fort Vancouver and Pearson Airpark. Lewis and Clark camp on this prairie on their return] in which there is a pond [one of the many ponds which use to dot this area] opposit on the Stard. here I landed and walked on Shore, about 3 miles a fine open Prarie for about 1 mile, back of which the countrey rises gradually and wood land comencies Such as white oake, pine of different kinds, wild crabs with the taste and flavour of the common crab and Several Species of undergroth of which I am not acquainted, a few Cottonwood trees & the Ash of this countrey grow Scattered on the river bank, ...     joined Capt. Lewis at a place he had landed with the party for Diner. ...

dureing the time we were at dinner those fellows Stold my pipe Tomahawk which They were Smoking with [Tomahawk pipe, thus giving rise to the name Tomahawk Island] ...    we proceeded on

[The men have passed through the area which, 20 years later, Dr. John McLoughlin would choose for a trading post of the Hudson's Bay Company, later to become Fort Vancouver and eventually the city of Vancouver, Washington.]

met a large & a Small Canoe from below, with 12 men the large Canoe was ornimented with Images carved in wood the figures of <man &> a Bear in front & a man in Stern, Painted & fixed verry netely on the <bow & Stern> of the Canoe, rising to near the hight of a man [Lewis and Clark then named Hayden Island "Image Canoe Island"]     two Indians verry finely Dressed & with hats on was in this canoe passed the lower point of the Island [Hayden Island] which is nine miles in length haveing passed 2 Islands on the Stard Side of this large Island [the location of Vancouver Landing and since 1917 the Interstate 5 Bridge connecting Oregon to Washington State], three Small Islands at its lower point [The downstream end of Hayden Island was at one time composed of small islands. One of these, Pearcy Island, would become today's Kelley Point.]. the Indians make Signs that a village is Situated back of those Islands on the Lard. Side and I believe that a Chanel is Still on the Lrd. Side [it wasn't until Lewis and Clark's return trip they would discover the mouth of the Willamette River] as a Canoe passed in between the Small Islands, and made Signs that way, probably to traffick with Some of the nativs liveing on another Chanel, at 3 miles lower [Sauvie Island is located at this stretch, but it is not until the return that Lewis and Clark recognize it as a separate island], and 12 Leagues below quick Sand river [Sandy River] passed a village of four large houses on The Lard. Side [on Sauvie Island], near which we had a full view of Mt. Helien [Mount St. Helens, Washington] which is perhaps the highest pinical in America from their base it bears N. 25 E about 90 miles- This is the mountain I Saw from the Muscle Shell rapid [Umatilla Rapids, Captain Clark actually saw Mount Adams] on the 19th of October last Covered with Snow, it rises Something in the form of a Sugar lofe- about a mile lower passed a Single house on the Lard. Side, and one on the Stard. Side, passed a village on each Side and Camped near a house on the Stard. Side [Post Office Lake vicinity, today within the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge] we proceeded on untill one hour after dark with a view to get clear of the nativs who was constantly about us, and troublesom, finding that we could not get Shut of those people for one night, we landed and Encamped on the Stard. Side ...

This evening we Saw vines much resembling the raspberry which is verry thick in the bottoms. A range of high hills at about 5 miles on the Lard Side [Portland's West Hills'] which runs S. E. & N W. Covered with tall timber the bottoms below in this range of hills and the river is rich and leavel, Saw White geese with a part of their wings black. The river here is 1 miles wide, and current jentle. opposite to our camp on a Small Sandy Island [one of the small sandy islands prevelent in this stretch of the Columbia. Today the Willow Bar Islands on the east side of Sauvie Island lie across from Post Office Lake.] the brant & geese make Such a noise that it will be impossible for me to Sleap. we made 29 miles to day





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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:   City of Vancouver website, 2012, "Public Art in Vancouver";

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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