The museum has a series of photos documenting the history of the "Cascadian". It was built board by board by Art Kolstad (owner of the Rialto theater) and his friends in the early 1930s. Here we see her on her maiden voyage. Unfortunately the next photos in the series show the charred hull on shore just east of the bridge. Hopefully someone can fill in the rest of this sad story.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Beautiful craft, sorry about the demise of such a labor of love but eager to hear the details.
Kenn on 23rd April 2015 @ 7:55am
A lot of old wooden boats were classy looking craft. While I don't know what happend to this one, a lot of them met their demise from the gas fumes that were attendant with the inboard gas engines that were used for power in a lot of them. Lucky if no loss of life from explosion.
Buzz on 23rd April 2015 @ 8:20am
This from The Oregonian of May 24, 1931
One of the newest additions to the Columbia river pleasure fleet is the Cascadian just launched at Hood River. The Cascadian is a smart cruiser designed and built by John A. Jacobson, Portland boat builder, for A.S. Kalstad of Hood River.
The Hood River craft is a bridge deck, V-bottom, seagoing cruiser, 40 feet long and is powered by a Hall-Scott high speed motor, providing a speed in excess of 23 miles per hour. Complete equipment includes electric lighting system, eight Pullman berths, Frigidaire, radio and smooth-top gas range operated by a rock gas generator.
From the The Oregonian, Saturday, March 14, 1936.
A.S. Kolstad's pleasure cruiser, Cascadian was burned to the water edge near here (Hood River) Thursday night with the loss of about $20,000 not covered by insurance. A boathouse recently built also was destroyed.
Faulty wiring and leakage of gasoline into the bilge are believed to to have the cause.
LMH on 23rd April 2015 @ 10:34am
Well, I checked in late today and didn't even have to wait to find out what happened.
L.E. on 23rd April 2015 @ 2:01pm
Mr. Kolstad did not let the loss of the Cascadian deter him from venturing into the purchase of another cabin cruiser. In 1938 Mr. Kolstad purchased a 24 year old hull in California and brought it to Portland for rebuilding during the winter. In the spring of 1939 Mr. Kolstad revealed his new 45 foot acquisition displaying a new house, three separate cabins, 110 volt electrical system for showing home movies, a new 140 horsepower Van Blarck gasoline engine and 3 to 1 reduction gear installed for power. The vessel was moved to Hood River for finishing. No name was given to the vessel at that time. I'm sure Mr. Kolstad managed to incorporate the word "Cascade" or a similar variation on the fantail.
LMH on 19th November 2015 @ 12:25am