Built: 1931 Length: 108.6' Beam: 37.5' Draft10.3' Tonnage: 233 Propulsion: 475 HP Washington ESTEP Diesel engine.
Auto Capacity: 28 cars Passenger Capacity: 280 passengers
Another photograph from Cliff West shows the Tourist #3 at work on the Columbia. She would later end her days in Alaska.
| With traffic continuing to build on the Astoria-Megler run, a larger ferry was ordered by the Astoria North Beach Ferry Company to help out the Tourist No. 2. Built by the Astoria Marine Construction Co. at Astoria, the ferry was christened, not surprisingly, Tourist No. 3 and was a larger, faster ferry than her older sister.
Like the other ferries on the run, the building of the Astoira bridge put the ferry out of a job. The Tourist No. 3 was sold to Ivar Wendt of Seattle's Pacific Pearl Seafoods. After Dick Sutterlin & Company completely renovating the ferry at Astoria, Wendt took the ferry up to Seattle, where she was fitted with live tanks with a capacity of 9,000 large size Alaska king crab. The Tourist No. 3's passenger cabin was rebuilt to provide living and dining facilities for eighteeen workers. Renamed the Princess Roxane, the self-propelled floating crab cannery joined the Pacific Pearl floating shrimp cannery at Kodiak, and was supplied by the motor vessel Shellfish. As the Princess Roxane, the old ferryboat was one of the largest and most modern Alaskan crab fishing vessels.
A photo of the ferry as the Princess Roxane can be found HERE, and a good history of the ferry can be found here.
The coast Guard has no record of the Princess Roxane, and given it has been some 40 years since she went to Alaska the vessel has likely been scrapped. Any info on the final dispositon of the ferry would be greatly appreciated! EMAIL.
|A left, a period postcard from the author's collection. At right, a photo of the No. 3 near the end of her career on the Columbia. Photo by Cliff West.|