The F.W. Mulkey, 1938

The F.W. Mulkey and another Police Bureau Harbor Patrol boat in front of the Steel Bridge, 1938. Streetcars can be seen crossing the bridge.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2009-009.3546.

City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2009-009.3546.


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13 thoughts on “The F.W. Mulkey, 1938

  1. I think this is dated wrong or its a different bridge. I believe it the original Steel Bridge which didn’t have a double lift section.

  2. …A quick look at the bridge from the I-84 to I-5 interchange (earth) shows that this is a view of the current bridge with the lift section just out of view. Guessing looking east from the north side, but the water tower behind the bridge would be definitive if someone can see what it has written on it.

  3. “I was guessing this is the north side of the bridge, but are we looking East or West?”

    What the what?? That’s equivalent to saying “I realize we’re looking southbound on this street, but is that left turn ahead going east or west?” How is that even a question?

    It should be patently obvious that that is the east side as there is a bluff overlooking the river (visible through the bridge) that the upper deck of the bridge is level with. That is not true on the west side, obviously.

  4. Roxy Rosborough-
    Are you kidding? In those good old days, life vests were for people who couldn’t swim. 🙂

  5. My aunt and uncle, Dr. Joseph B. Trainer and Ranee Trainer, owned Mulkey in the 1960s, he bought it at auction I believe, when it was decomissioned. Their family had many good times on it.

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