Here's another Nichols Boat Works image courtesy of Rodger Nichols. This building predated the basin. A little chronology: the Hood River delta was flooded by the Bonneville Dam in 1937. An extension of 1st Street called "the mole" was built shortly thereafter, and Nichols Boat Works saw that as a perfect place to build ships. This building was constructed, along with a small marina. The Nichols Basin was then constructed around the building and marina, starting in 1961. Eventually this building on the west side of the basin was replaced by the larger building on the south side of the basin.
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I can remember watching the launching of one of their boats when I was young.
Norma on 14th August 2019 @ 9:47am
Was the Nichols family previously involved in boat building? Prior to 1937?
nels on 14th August 2019 @ 10:25am
I remember walking out to the end of the mole when I was young.
Bill Seaton on 14th August 2019 @ 11:34am
Nels, the museum research committee is currently researching Nichols Boat Works for a special project and we have found that George Mark Nicols and his brother were orchardists who repaired a tug and thus decided to go into the boat repair and building business. Perhaps some of the Nichols family can add more to this story if they read this post. I'm glad to see mention of the "mole" since few I ask remember it.
Cecelia on 14th August 2019 @ 2:17pm