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

The Tourist #3 at work on the Columbia.  She would later end her days in Alaska.  Author's collection.
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 eighteen  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
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!
A period postcard from the author's collection.