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Astoria's Cannery Pier Hotel Wants To Make Shipspotters Out Of You

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  Site Where: 10 Basin St [map], Astoria, OR, United States, 97103
November 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

Of all the things we’d expect to find in a hotel room, a shipping guide is fairly low down the list. But this is what was sitting on the coffee table in our room at the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, Oregon at the weekend.

The hotel is bang on the Columbia river (we actually mean on it – it’s perched on a little jetty and you feel like you’re floating on the river from the rooms) right continuous truss bridge (we’re not sure what that is, but it’s pretty splendid to look at).

All the rooms have balconies overlooking the river and they’re all stocked with a pair of binoculars. But we found that what was far more fun than zooming in on the seagulls was watching the river.

Every morning the front desk prints out copies of the ship report, listing which ships will be traveling the river that day, their routes, and what they’re carrying, and this leaflet goes into even more detail about the different types of vessels that ply the river with tips on how to tell them apart (a car carrier has extremely high sides, for example).

In short, although we only saw one ship go under the bridge (which, from the looks of our guide, was a RO/RO car carrier for Honda), we were pretty hooked. In fact, we realized this weekend that we have a little bit of shipspotter in us. How sad exciting!

Now as a friend said, if only airport hotels could do the same thing for the planes going by. But we guess that’d be deemed a security risk.

Disclosure: Juliab stayed at the Cannery Pier as a guest of Travel Oregon as part of a feature for a UK magazine, but all opinions are her own.

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