7 thoughts on “Construction Barge, 1960

  1. Come on now. That is really not a “construction barge” That is a dredge dredging the shipping channel and pumping the dredge spoils out to the shore.

  2. I did a search for “dredge Clackamas” in the historical Oregonian and found numerous articles. Here’s one of the earliest (I’ve left all capitalization as in the original and hope I’ve interpreted the OCR correctly for the surnames):

    PORT OFFICIALS GO EAST: Equipment for Dredge Clackamas Will Be Inspected — On a busy mission to check the latest electrical and other devices for incorporation in the new Diesel-electric pipeline dredge Clackamas, for which the Port of Portland has called proposals to be opened March 15, James H. Polhemus, general manager and chief engineer, left for the east last night, accompanied by Charles B. Bjornvail, assistant engineer. They are to return in time for the opening of bids for the construction of the dredge.

    Leaving Portland the itinerary was arranged for the first stop at Milwaukee to visit the Allis-Chalmers plant. Then the Portlanders go to the Pittsburg plant of the Westinghouse Electric company and on to the General Electric company’s works at Schnectady. At the latter city two Diesel engines of the Mcintosh-Seymour design are under construction for the new dredge. Philadelphia and New York are to be visited for inspection of the construction and first trial of Diesel electric hopper dredges the United States engineers are having turned out.
    –Oregonian, February 8, 1924, p. 22

  3. And here’s one of the most recent Oregonian articles mentioning the dredge:

    OREGON DREDGE SETS RECORD — The Port of Portland’s new dredge Oregon set a record of moving 8.5 million cubic yards from the Columbia and Willamette rivers to fill and disposal areas during the first year of its operations…. The record is more than 500,000 cubic yards greater than that set by the former dredge Clackamas in its heyday….
    –Oregonian, August 19, 1967, p. 13

  4. I don’t think this is a construction barge- it looks to me like the barber that deposited sand in the ‘groins’ or wing dams on on the south side of hayden island (west end). I believe they are piping sand to the area on shore >

  5. Going from the 1960 date of this photo, and searching Oregonian archives for 1960 they list some of the Port of Portland Dredge Clackamas locations. Mentioned are depositing spoils next to PDX Airport, depositing spoils from the Willamette on to the Ramsey lake are for the Ports future Rivergate industrial area, also near Swan Island, but I think it is likely the contract job they did for the Army Corp. of Engineers on the Westport bar on the lower Columbia river, at Westport Oregon.

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