Remember this building? The Nichols Boat Works operated at the south end of what we now call Nichols Basin until 1998. The building was removed around 2008, with the site redeveloped as a hotel, commercial building, and a city park. If you go down to the park today you can still find the rails used to launch ships into the Columbia.
Here's a bit of history of the Boat Works. We'll get a bit more of the history tomorrow.
This is from a nice collection of Joe Kollas photos we recently received from an HHR reader.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
yes, the Port of Cascade Lock paddler, built by Nichols, is parked for the winter at the Portland Spirit dock just west of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
Arlen Sheldrake on 10th January 2018 @ 7:17am
Probably late 40's or early 50's but can remember seeing them launch a boat there.
Norma on 10th January 2018 @ 9:13am
Interesting reading through the list of boats and how many are still active. Many of them were built for the lower Columbia. I am familiar with Hickey Marine, the Brusco family and Bachelor Island Ranch.
If Nichols had remained, would the sand bar have affected their business?
Was there a big barn up on Country Club Road that was connected to the Nichols family?
L.E. on 10th January 2018 @ 9:23am
Wasn't the most recent building removed in 2008 newer than this photo shows? Perhaps rebuilt in seventies or so to an all-metal building?
spinsur on 10th January 2018 @ 9:24am
I had the pleasure of watching Fireball work on the river as I grew up in Rainier, Oregon. Here's more information; http://www.tugboatinformation.com/tug.cfm?id=6914
Jim Mason on 10th January 2018 @ 9:57am