Part of Tsunami Dock Goes To Oregon Historical Society

Portland, OR – Two pieces of the massive 201 ton dock that was washed away from a city on Japan’s northeast coast by the devastating March 2011 tsunami and that landed on Oregon’s Agate Beach this past June have now arrived at the Oregon Historical Society. According to Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, the dock is one of only five pieces of confirmed tsunami related debris to hit the coasts of Washington, Alaska, and Oregon.

“When the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation began the process of dismantling and removing the dock, I expressed our interest in obtaining a piece for our permanent collection,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “We are proud to be able to apply our unique resources to preserve and protect this fascinating piece of history.”

The pieces of the dock that the Oregon Historical Society received are two metal boat tie offs, each weighing an estimated 20 pounds. They will be on display starting Friday, August 31, in the “Treasures of the Vault” exhibit at the museum through December 30. Admission to the museum is $11, and is free for OHS members and all Multnomah County residents.

About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon’s primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon’s history through a museum, research library, traveling exhibits, school programs and website content. Learn more atWWW.OHS.ORG.

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 and is filed under Press Releases, State News.