Portland (or the Portland) is a sternwheel steamboat built in 1947 for the Port of Portland, Oregon, in the United States.The Portland is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and presently hosts the Oregon Maritime Museum which owns the vessel.
The museum raised an addition $480,000 in funds, volunteers put an additional million dollars in labor over 7 years, and the ship was cleared for passenger service in 2008.
On January 24, 1952, the Portland raced against the older sternwheel tug Henderson in a staged race on the Columbia River in order to promote the upcoming Jimmy Stewart film Bend of the River (with the stars riding on the Henderson).
The vessel is moored at the Willamette River seawall next to Tom Mc Call Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.
By that time, the Port of Portland was serving oil supertankers from Alaska that were too large for the Portland to assist, and container ships with bow thrusting capabilities that reduced the need for tug assistance.
magine a city where no one honks their horn and drivers pause mid-block to assure pedestrians safe passage from one sidewalk to another.