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UPDATE: Oregon Coast's Historical Teak Lady Boats Cancelled This Weekend

Updated 06/09/21 at 4:10 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Central Oregon Coast's Historical Teak Lady Boats Put on Parade, Display

(Toledo, Oregon) – UPDATE: The Teak Lady Boats event this weekend has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Organizers told Oregon Coast Beach Connection Wednesday morning. Organizers are hoping to reschedule. A unique and now-rare form of boat will be on parade and on display on the central Oregon coast, as the Teak Ladies of Toledo sail from Toledo downriver to Newport, and then back again after a couple of days being on display.

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The Port of Toledo's fleet of Teak Ladies will be making a show, three sister vessels that are some of the very few remaining of this historical design. They will motor down the Yaquina River to Newport on June 11 in a parade. Any boats are welcome to join the procession.

The Teak Ladies will arrive at Port of Newport's Commercial Dock 3 late in the afternoon on that Friday, and then they will be on display until their departure Sunday, June 13th at 12:00 p.m. The boats will sail upriver to their home dock at the Port of Toledo's marina, providing many opportunities to view the boats from Bay Road.

At the helm will be volunteers and friends of the Port of Toledo sailing the three distinctive vessels. Each of these beautiful, 17-foot sail boats have been donated to the Port by their previous owners for use in the Toledo Community Boathouse program.

The Teak Ladies are maintained and sailed by volunteers of the Port of Toledo's Community Boathouse. David West, Captain of the Teak Lady Society along with local boatwright Rick Johnson oversee the boats along with members of the Old Retired Guys Sailing Club.

The Teak Lady sloop was designed by Fenton Kelkenny of San Francisco and modeled after larger yachts. The A. King Slipway in Hong Kong was commissioned to build the boats between the years of 1939 and 1958. These swift creations were built of hand-sawn teak and feature custom carved tillers, carved name plates, and hand crafted brass ventilators. In the 1940's the Teak Ladies had their own sailing class in San Francisco Bay.

These three boats have been donated to the Port of Toledo for use by the Toledo Community Boathouse. In 2009, Jim and Carolyn Hitchman of Waldport, Oregon donated Ma Zu to the Port. Ma Zu was built in 1958 and is also known as Teak Lady #21. In 2011, Robert and Claire McDonald of Spokane, WA donated Che Hon, built in 1939, also known as Teak Lady 11. The most recent addition to the fleet is donated by David West, and is the prototype Teak Lady, named Yuan Mun built in 1937. West found Yuan Mun in San Francisco when researching the history of the Teak Ladies.

For more information about the Teak Lady Society visit: https://www.teakladysociety.org/ or contact the Port's office at 541-336-5207 or email info@portoftoledo.org

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