If ever a time machine were built, it could never have a more successful voyage than a stroll through the Astoria Marine Construction Company. Here, machines that date from 1911 or 1930 or 1950 are operated by men with more than a half-century of experience as shipwrights.
Massive band saws, planers and rib-bending equipment attest to the company's heyday in the '40s and '50s, when it became the first yard in the country to build MSO's. The 165-foot minesweepers were built on contract from the Navy. At its peak the yard employed over 400 people.
The interesting full history of Astoria Marine Construction, and Joe Dyer naval architect, is documented here: historywithheart.com/astoria_marine.htm