Un-Cruising Our Way Along the Columbia and Snake Rivers
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
Monday, June 8, 2015
Today, we’re being treated to a full day of scenic cruising onboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ S.S. Legacy, as we trade the Columbia River for the Snake River on our weeklong Legacy of Discovery river cruise that began on Saturday in Portland, Oregon.
I love scenic cruising days for two reasons: they let me selfishly focus on the ship and its amenities, along with the unique history that surrounds the places we’re sailing through. And the Columbia and Snake Rivers are just loaded with history.
Everyone knows the exploits of Lewis & Clark, but fewer are familiar with John Jacob Astor’s 1810 expeditions to develop a trading outpost on the Pacific Coast that would, one day, become known as Astoria, Oregon.
Just a few years after William Clark and Meriwether Lewis reached the Pacific Ocean, Astor (the first John Jacob; not the later descendant of the same name who would go down with the Titanic in April of 1912) assembled two expeditions, both of which had the ultimate goal of finding the entrance to the Columbia River and forming a colony there for the sole purpose of creating an easy staging route for selling furs to China.
The seagoing expedition aboard the Tonquin set sail from New York under the command of the capable but ridiculously rigid and unyielding Captain, Johnathan Thorn.