MV Tourist No. 2

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Tourist No. 2
MV Kirkland 07.jpg
MV Kirkland moored at Marina Park Dock, Kirkland, Washington.
MV Tourist No. 2 is located in Oregon
MV Tourist No. 2
Location Astoria, Oregon
Coordinates 46°11′49.0″N 123°47′50.6″W / 46.196944°N 123.797389°W / 46.196944; -123.797389Coordinates: 46°11′49.0″N 123°47′50.6″W / 46.196944°N 123.797389°W / 46.196944; -123.797389
Built 1924
NRHP reference # 97000321[1]
Added to NRHP April 15, 1997
MV Kirkland motoring rapidly along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, seen here from West Montlake Park, Seattle.

The MV Tourist No. 2 is a former car ferry with a unique Pacific Northwest history. Tourist No. 2 is a 1924 wooden-hulled car ferry that has served passengers all over the Pacific Northwest. Originally, it took passengers across the Columbia River, with a dock in Astoria, Oregon. Currently, it is undergoing restoration in Astoria. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

History

With the exception of the Second World War, from 1924 to 1966, MV Tourist No. 2 was in service on the Astoria–Megler Ferry route on the Columbia River. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the US Army purchased the vessel as the FB or JMP 535 to lay mines at the mouth of the river. At the end of the war, it returned to ferry service on the Columbia. The ferry was moved from Astoria, Oregon to Pierce County, Washington in 1967 and renamed the Islander of Pierce County. It worked on Puget Sound for many years, but eventually its wooden-hull design was overshadowed by vessels with more modern steel-hull designs.

In 1996, new private owners Argosy Cruises bought the vessel and renamed it to Kirkland. They refurbished it, adding two full-service bars, a galley, and 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, making the main deck unique among vessels in the Northwest. The exterior styling, deck plan, and interior and general arrangement were provided by designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle. The vessel is listed on the Washington Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Early morning, August 28, 2010. the vessel caught fire while docked at its Kirkland, Washington pier. The fire was confined to the engine room.[3] Firefighters were quoted as saying everything below deck was "toast". The Boat was moved from Lake Washington during the morning of August 31, 2010 - by the Tug "Dixie"—part of the Fremont Tug Company.

The vessel was sold to Christian Lint in 2010 after Argosy Cruise Lines concluded that it was not economical to repair the fire damage.[4] Lint moored the vessel in Bremerton and used it for special events. In 2016, Lint sold the vessel to the Astoria Ferry Group, and returned it to Astoria on August 1. As of 2019, the vessel is undergoing restoration.[5]

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ Added to NRHP on April 15th, 1997, as the Tourist II
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-09-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "MV Kirkland ferry boat finds new life after devastating fire". Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  5. ^ "The Astoria Ferry: Projects". Retrieved 2019-05-02.
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