14 thoughts on “Harbor Drive, 1966

  1. Is that the USS Providence? Cleveland class light cruiser. I see a much more patriotic Portland in 1966. Good times.

  2. Johnny Mnemonic it looks like you are correct. The US Navy fleet for the 1966 Rose Festival are listed by the Oregon Journal as follows. Providence (guided missile cruiser) Montrose (attack transport) Hector (repair ship) Redfish (submarine) Rexburg (patrol craft) Mullany & Cogswell (destroyers) Pledge, Conquest, Acme, Gallant ( minsweepers.

  3. There were 13 ships in Portland this year; here is a partial list:
    – USS Providence (CLG-6)
    – USS Hector (AR-7)
    – USS Montrose (APA-212)
    – USS Cogswell (DD-651)
    – USS Mullaney (DD-528)
    – USS Redfish (Submarine SS-395/AGSS-395, )

    My grandfather served as a CPO on the USS Montrose at one time (he was in the middle of taking a shower when the attack on Pearl Harbour began) and I inherited his coffee mug from the ship – very nice Japanese porcelain with the ship’s image on once side and its logo on the other. I never saw the ship up close. He always somewhat regretted retiring from the Navy.

  4. That oil slick off the bow of the transport is discouraging. Even in 1966. Nice to see all that public interest though.

  5. Mike the Oregonian reported that church services would be held on the USS Providence & USS Hector on Sunday June 12, 1966, with Catholic services at 9 am & Protestant services at 10:30 am. The white deck cover I believe was put on since it had rained on the afternoon of Saturday June 11, 1966. The Oregonian has a photo in the Monday edition of a sailor blowing a bugle to signal the start of church services, and he is standing under a white covering.
    From my earlier comment I only listed the 11 US Navy ships that were part of the Rose Festival fleet, but did not list the Canadian destroyers Yukon & Qu’Appelle that made the total fleet of 13 ships. The Location of the USS Providence is shown as the foot of SW Washington st.

  6. Has the mast of the USS Oregon (seen on the left of today’s picture) always been in the same place since the ship was scrapped 1943?

  7. The canvas tarps provide shade and rain protection while a ship is in port. Especially useful in tropical or very warm climates where the the metal would become too hot to touch or in areas of frequent rainfall. Also white painted ships are cooler in hot climates even with the advent of air conditioning on board. In the late 1800’s-early 1900’s British and American ships were painted white when stationed in tropic or very warm areas .I saw the ships that year and many others as I was always interested in ships.

  8. Igor the mast of the Battleship Oregon was moved to the location as shown in this photo, and where it remains today.

    Oregonian December 14, 1955 page 1


    Moving day for the foremast of the old Battleship Oregon, its nameplate, a memorial flagpole and sundial which have stood in Battleship Oregon park at the foot of SW Columbia street 11 years has been set tentatively for next week. Highway builders are constructing some grade-separated connections for Harbor Drive and Columbia and Jefferson streets at that point and need the present location of the mast, flagpole and other relics. Arrangements were made more than a year ago by the state highway department, with approval of the Portland city council, to move the memorials to new locations in the grassy parking between Front ave. and Harbor Dr., at Oak and Pine street.

  9. I got to ride on the USS Hector from Portland to Astoria in 1966 as part of a recruitment program. I enlisted in 1968.

  10. Rodger V. enlisting in 1968 was not a very popular thing to do in 1968…I’m glad you made it through.

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