The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome filmmaker, Ron Walker, who will screen the series, Historic River Steamboats.

The first film is Richard Small’s Steamboat (6 minutes) which showcases his beautiful, homemade, steamboat. Watch Richard feed the boiler and listen to the sweet sound of the steam engine while cruising down the Willamette River.

The second feature is Merwin Short, My Life on the River.  In this film, Walker introduces the late Merwin Short. As a teenager in the 1920's, he worked on his father's steamboats. His father, Carl Short, owned three sternwheelers: The Undine, Laureline and The Georgiana.  These boats transported people and goods down the Columbia River between Astoria and Portland each and every day. 

This precious footage has never been seen by the public and offers a rare opportunity to hear an "eyewitness" tell of those historic days before the automobile, when boat travel was a necessity.   

As an added bonus, we take a ride on the last operating wooden steam sternwheeler (The "PORTLAND') in the northwest. We see and hear the sounds of this historic vessel deep in the engine room with steam filling the air and two piston engines turning the big paddlewheel.

Ron Walker, is a filmmaker, musician, and artist.  He learned the craft of filmmaking as the resident music composer for the Film Loft in Portland in the 1980s. 

Ron shoots, edits and composes the music for the films he produces. 

His films are about people, their hobbies and passions, and often feature historical themes centered on the North Coast.

The event will take place in the Community Room at 1:00 p.m.



Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:00am