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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Carnival Splendor and the Cannery Pier Hotel

Astoria is a port of call for big cruise ships as well as smaller paddlewheel boats that come down the Columbia River from Portland. The big cruise liners, of course, come the other way: in from the ocean. This ship dwarfs the four-storey Cannery Pier Hotel, built on the location of the former Union Fisherman's Cooperative Packing Company. The designer and owners went to a lot of work to attempt to preserve the look and flavor of the 1900s buildings. A boutique hotel will never feel like an authentic cannery, but I'm so glad they went to the lengths they did instead of building something without thought to history or location. We have a few of those, too! You can see an old photo of the Union Fish Cannery and a fleet of small fishing boats in a photo on the hotel's web site.

The cruise ship Carnival Splendor was getting ready to leave and go back out to sea. They stay for a day and then they're on their way. We've had quite a few cruise ships in already this year. The visitors come into town by bus or they can take the riverfront trolley or walk along the River Walk. They fill Astoria's streets, put smiles on the faces of local merchants, and generally seem to enjoy their stopover, even the ones who have been re-routed here instead of going to Mexico due to the swine flu outbreak this year. Astoria has many faces, and one of them is tourism. Many people drive to the coast from inland or come down from Seattle, and the ships help boost that bottom line for many merchants struggling with today's economy.

I took this pic at 8:18 p.m. on May 26. I love the way the water reflects light from the sky on most evenings here.

. ABC Wednesday, "U" is for "Union Fish Cannery"
. . . and can I include
. Window Views? There are more than I can count if you include the staterooms!

While we're at it, I'll make an additional link back to my friends at City Daily Photo, which is what got me started with this blog. It's such a great way to travel the world when I can't be doing that it real life!

26 comments:

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Sheryl! It is beautiful! I would love to go on a cruise up th coast! Thanks for sharing your photo.~ Susan

Small City Scenes said...

Those cruise ships are HUGE. I just cannot imagine them! MB

Marie Reed said...

I have the urge to reread Cannery Row now:) Great post!

hip chick said...

Great photo...you certainly have got your meme's covered too!

Kendris said...

The ship looks so anachronistic against the bare pilings and the old-fashioned buildings...great effect!

Kammy said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday !
Your photots are lovely ! Thanks for sharing and have a great day !
Hugs ~ Kammy
p.s. this is my first Outdoor Wednesday - it is so much fun !

Martha said...

Astoria is my favorite city -- we stayed there once in a bed and breakast on a hill -- lulled to sleep in the night by the seals and the ships.

I didn't want to leave!

siva // ശിവ said...

Great story and image, I am fond of ships...

Regina said...

Really nice.

Jacob said...

The photo is terrific! There are so many elements in it...and the ship vs. building is stunning...and the light on the water...wow...and the old cannery now a hotel...

What a wonderful place. The rotting pilings in the foreground also give this photo a lot of character...

Great job any way you look at it!

stefanie said...

that ship is huge, its a wonder they can float. thanks for sharing

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

*in my dreams*.... Sign me up!!

TTFN~~Claudia

Mary said...

What an unusual and wonderfully framed photo. I'm really impressed by the photos you take. Have a wonderful day.

Lee Spangler said...

I have told you before. You sure write a wonderful description of your photos and care so much for a presenting your information with a gentle touch.

JM said...

This photo is fantastic!

Mary said...

Beautiful photos!..I have visited Oregon only once but loved it there.
Happy OW!!

Beth at Aunties said...

I love the cioast of Oregon and your photo! Our kids are vacationing there right now!

Happy Out Door Weenesday!

Amanda Guthrie said...

This is a very lovely shot, you're right the reflection is breathtaking.

glasgowdailyphoto said...

The ship really isn't my kind of thing, but I love the foreground and the reflections in the water.

Jackie

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Yup, I think this is a nice shot too with the waters. Hhhmmmm to be in a cruisehip, never experience that. :-)

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Li

Tammie Lee said...

That is insane how big the ship is next to the building. Seems like a floating city!

James said...

Great shot of a huge ship. The buildings really add to the perspective.

Don and Krise said...

That is one big son of a gun. It makes the buildings next to it look like Lego.

Tumblewords: said...

Gorgeous! The perspective is amazing.

bettyl said...

Wow! I never realized how very huge those ships were! You certainly put it in perspective!

cieldequimper said...

That's a great shot, again, so much to look at. That boat is gigantic!

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