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Historic Ship Propeller Joins Central Oregon Coast Museum's Landscape

Published 08/05/2016 at 6:41 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

The propeller is from the C.W. Pasley, a World War II era concrete-hulled liberty ship

(Newport, Oregon) - After more than two years of brainstorming, planning, fundraising, negotiating, engineering, fabricating and permitting, a solid steel,14-foot diameter, 7-ton propeller has found its home at Newport's Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. After lying in a watery grave for decades on the central Oregon coast, it is now installed where the old Smuggler's Cove waterwheel once stood across from Port Dock 5.

This unique project posed a very long check list of challenges, not the least of which was that no one involved had experience installing a 7-ton propeller on a stand, say museum organizers.

The propeller is from the C.W. Pasley, a World War II era concrete-hulled liberty ship purposely sunk in the 1950s to serve as part of the Port of Newport's International Dock. The propeller was salvaged a few years ago when remains of the C.W. Pasley was demolished during a major dock renovation. The Oregon Coast Historical Society negotiated the propeller's loan from the Port of Newport, June 2014, to make it a centerpiece of the Maritime Museum's streetscape project.

“This was a unique project: you don’t buy a stand for a seven ton propeller complete with instructions off the shelf,” said the museum's Executive Director, Steve Wyatt.

The ship was named for Sir Charles William Pasley (1780-1861), a British military engineer who wrote several textbooks and experimented with improving concrete. Another concrete-hulled vessel purchased by the port, the Joseph Aspdin, was also named for a Brit who worked to perfect cement. The Aspdin is remembered as "the ship that committed suicide." It broke loose of its moorings in the dark of night, left Yaquina Bay, went aground, and sank near the north jetty.

In addition to the propeller, the Society will also install interpretive signage on the colorful history of these two ships and Port of Newport, pavers, landscaping and stairs leading up to the Maritime Center. The streetscape/propeller undertaking is a component of a larger project - renovating the lower floor of the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, which will include the Doerfler Family Theater - a multi-use venue complete with a projection system, stage, and seating for over 100.

The Society was recently awarded a $45,000 challenge grant from The Collins Foundation for this project. It must raise $45,000 from businesses and individuals before December 1, 2016 to collect the $45,000. If you are interested in helping the Society meet the Collins Challenge and complete this project, contact Executive Director Steve Wyatt at the Lincoln County Historical Society, (541) 265-7509.
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