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21" x 17"

Oil on board. 

For years, I wondered why bulk carriers line up in a row in Astoria. Then I learned they are waiting their turn at the Port of Portland. They can anchor here in the mouth where there's lots of room and it doesn't cost them thousands of dollars. When the port is ready for them, they make their up upriver through the narrower channels. 

I saw these two early one morning on my way to Portland. About 5:00 a.m. I imagined the merchant marines were already stirring around and drinking coffee onboard. I wanted to join them. 


Sunrise, Columbia

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