A Great Artery of Transportation
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 46° 11.381 W 123° 49.508
10T E 436326 N 5115453
This sign is located Astoria River Walk west of the Maritime Museum.
Waymark Code: WM12A2
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 12/23/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 24

This sign is located Astoria River Walk west of the Maritime Museum.

Marker Name: A Great Artery of Transportation
Marker Text: The Columbia River is a highway for huge amounts of freight. The most frequent outbound cargoes include wheat and other agricultural products from the inland Northwest, logs and lumber, and mining products like coke and potash. Entering the river, ships bring petroleum products, cars, and auto parts, among other cargoes.
The way we move cargo has changed dramatically over time. A hundred years ago, sailing ships often had to wait for favorable tides and winds. To unload their cargoes, the ships tied up at wooden piers where sailors and laborers known as longshoremen, or stevedores, lifted and stowed barrels, boxes, and crates by hand. They shoveled coal, grain, and loose goods aboard the vessels.
Today, huge ships registered around the world ply the Columbia River channel. Some stop at Astoria, many continue to specialized container and vehicle-loading facilities at the upriver ports of Longview, Vancouver, and Portland. Containerization is common: standard sized containers are loaded with goods, shipped, then transferred directly to trucks or rail cars for distribution. Powerful engines mean no more worries about wind and tide - except when fierce weather hits.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: City Government

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Coast

County: Clatsop

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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