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Salem’s resident sternwheeler, the Willamette Queen, has had the U. S. Coast Guard restrict its passenger carrying due to the lack of an out-of-water hull inspection. The Queen, which makes its home at Salem’s Riverfront Park, has struggled to meet the requirement for such inspections for years. In the past, water levels on the Willamette River that would allow passage to Portland, where dry dock facilities allow such inspection, made passage under bridges a problem. While the vessel’s owner/operator, Captain Richard Chesbrough, was able to negotiate the trip before, the closing of the locks at Oregon City has rendered the trip impossible. Efforts to find a solution are on-going. The Statesman Journal explains: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2015/03/03/coast-guard-pulls-willamette-queen-sternwheelers-paperwork-over-inspection/24309037/

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