14 thoughts on “Fire Station, 1964

  1. Efiles gives us the name of one of the fellows in today’s photo: Terminal 4 Pier 2 overlooking Fireboat 3 station. Walt Stickney is on far right standing on scaffolding.

  2. From The Oregonian, December 16, 1980 (p. 104): “Walter Stickney: A 25-year veteran of the Portland Fire Bureau and Oregon’s first State Fire Marshal, C. Walter Stickney, died Saturday in a Mount Angel nursing home. He was 67. Mr. Stickney was born April 21, 1913, in New Rockford, N.D. He served as assistant fire marshal and battalion chief in Portland. He was appointed the first State Fire Marshall in 1963, retiring in 1974. As State Fire Marshal, he developed the nation’s first comprehensive fire loss reporting system, a model for other states and precursor to the National Fire Data System. He also designed and obtained patent clearance on three types of automatic fire alarm devices.”

  3. Looks like the old Linnton Plywood mill across the river. I can smell the aroma of fresh cut wood. I miss that.

  4. So that must be Linnton in the background; you can see the school (now condos). Does anyone know what the big “mill” is? I know Linnton had a big plywood mill at one time. The Community Center was part of the office complex for the mill, and I think is all that’s left of it.

  5. Thanks for that lead on the Linnton school, Debby! I looked up the condos and found an interesting article on the school and condos on Oregon Live at:

    There’s also a neat photo of children and their teachers in the school in 1908 here on the VP site at:

  6. The Oregon Journal had a short story on June 5, 1964 regarding the work being performed in this photo.

    Commissioners voted to stand the cost of dredging a berth and installing mooring dolphins on the north side of Wheeler Bay at Terminal 4 to provide a new mooring for Fireboat 3. The moorage is being shifted from the south side of the bay to make way for log rafts which will be dismantled and loaded aboard ships on the other side of the south pier by new cranes.

  7. I worked for Matson Navigation in the early 60’s and this the terminal all the ships came into. We had 2 different lines. I loved going down there and watching the ships be loaded. It was also when containers were first coming in and sometimes it was a little nerve wracking because of the reaction to them.

  8. The tugboat in this picture was the Shaver tug “James W”. She was designed by Captain Delmar Shaver and built/owned by the Shaver Transportation Company.
    It was a single screw tug with a direct-reversible 350 Atlas Diesel engine with wheelhouse controls connected directly to the engine, no telegraph or sound controls to a sleepy engineer down below.. .. She had an electrically powered 45 degree combination main and monkey rudder system and a shallow draft with a nearly flat bottom so she could slide sideways though the water easily without leaning over. It had excellent visibility and was considered a “sweet handling boat’” by all the hot shot boat operators of the day.
    During at the height of the WWII Kaiser shipyard days it nearly never stopped working but only to fuel and re-crew. Built for speed, power, handling and a minimal wake effect she could cover more work by moving quickly between jobs making more money for the company and not upsetting other “floaters” by her wake..
    Even into the late 1950’s she was still wining all the annual tugboat races on the river against the more modern and more powerful steel hulled tugboats of the time. In the early 1950’s she set a local record of nineteen ship assists and staged four log rafts for loading alongside three different ships all in twenty four hour period and all of that with the same two man crew.
    Built in the early 1920’s and updated and repaired throughout it’s entire working life it had an unusually long life for a wooden hulled ship assist harbor tug. By the mid 1960’s she was finally wore out and undersized for the larger ships and it was time for her to retire.
    There is a stain-glass window of it’s image at the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum under the name of it’s designer, builder and owners.

  9. Well shoot I was hoping that this site had some sort of auto photo loading feature where a City Of Portland employee did not have be at work to update the site with a new photo today. Since today 2/12/21 is a snow day for city employees I guess that is not the case.

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