Columbia (steamer.(1850))
The first steamboat built in Oregon was the namesake of the first vessel to enter the Columbia River: the Columbia. She was a little side-wheeler built at Upper Astoria and made her trial run on July 3, 1850. She was only 90 feet long. Her noncondensing engines were of French make and had been brought up by ship from San Francisco. The honor of being the first steamboat to ply the Columbia belongs to her. She left Upper Astoria at noon and reached Portland at 3:00 P.m. the next day. After lying there two or three hours, she proceeded up the Willamette River to Oregon City, arriving at eight o'clock that evening, where a great celebration took place. Harry Sinclair Drago. The Steamboaters. New York: Brinhall, 1967, p. 176- 77.
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