Sunday, November 12, 2006

Hi,
Thanks to JoeSixpack (who posted a comment below on our list of shipwatching sites)for another good shipwatching spot,the Safeway parking lot in Astoria. It's right next to the wonderful Riverwalk too, and has a great view of the anchorage area east of downtown. The anchorage is a dredged out portion of the river north of the shipping channel that's always kept deep enough to anchor ships. You can see the area outlined on the nautical chart for this area. They have paper charts at Englund Marine for about $20.

Will answer your questions about the current. etc. Friday on the Ship Report and then post it on the blog. I think some of it has to do with the fact that the most recent storm coincided with Spring Tides, or higher than normal tides. That has to do with the moon. But there may be more to it here locally. I'll find out.

If anyone else knows of any good shipwatching spots or any other nautical info you'd like to share with the Ship Report, post a comment on the blog or email shipreport@earthlink.net. I'll be happy to share it with our Ship Report community!

Thanks,
Joanne

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vista Park in Skamokawa, WA. The shipping channel is right up against the Washington shore here, and the ships pass by very close to the beach. Also, you can see them coming from miles in either direction. Hornstra Beach next to the wildlife refuge is a good spot too.

Skamokawa is the first spot on the Washington side that the highway gets close to the river again after heading inland at Knappton.

11/17/2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger Joanne Rideout said...

Thank you for that great information - I will add it to the Cool Ship Watching Spots page on the site. Great to add more info for ship watchers in Washington.

Joanne

11/18/2006 10:21 AM  
Anonymous JoeSixpack said...

There was a lot of activity on the river yesterday, and I was wondering what it was all about. My son and I were having lunch at the Wet Dog and saw the Coast Guard helo hovering very close to a ship out in the anchorage area. It spent a lot of time there, too. The same ship had what looked like a small tug on her starboard side aft. The ship seemed like she was swinging on her anchor the way they do when the tide changes, but she swung back and forth several times (through about 90 Degrees). Was she trying to work her way off a sand bar? The helicopter stayed close to the ship for quite some time. What was that all about?

12/01/2006 6:30 AM  

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