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USAJMP Ocotpus (1941 - 1942)

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Freight-Supply Vessel / Junior Mine Planter / Ferryboat
  • Built in 1924 as the wooden car ferry Tourist #2 at Astoria, OR.
  • Launched in 1924 and delivered in 1924 to the Astoria-North Beach Ferry Co.
  • Except for WWII service Tourist #2 operated in the Pacific Northwest from 1924 to 1966 on the Astoria–Megler Ferry route on the Columbia River
  • Purchased by the U.S. Army in 1942 for use as a Mine Planter
  • Renamed and designated USAJMP Octopus initialy assigned to laying mines in the lower Columbia River early in World War II, and later redesignated ferryboat FB-535 while operating as a ferry running between Fort Canby and Fort Stevens until the end of the war
  • Retired from U.S. Army service, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Oregon State Highway Commission in 1948, returning to ferry service on the Columbia River
  • Tourist #2 was reassigned to different ferry routes several times in her career
  • Renamed Islander of Pierce County, date unknown
  • Retired from Oregon State Highway Commission Ferry service, date unknown
  • Sold in 1996 to Argosy Cruises and renamed MVKirkland
  • Kirkland was refurbished, adding bars and a galley and 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, making the main deck unique among vessels in the Northwest
  • The vessel is listed on the Washington Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places
  • On the morning of 28 August 2010. Kirkland suffered an engine room fire while docked at Kirkland, WA.
  • Argosy Cruise LInes concluded that it was not economical to repair the ferry
  • Sold in 2010 to Christian Lint who moored the vessel in Bremerton, WA. and used it for special events
  • Sold in 2016 to the Astoria Ferry Group, and returned it to Astoria on 1 August for restoration, renamed Tourist #2
  • the ferry partially sank in the Columbia River at Astoria where it was moored and for sale on July 28th 2022
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 95 gross tons
    Length 98'
    Beam 36'
    Draft 8'
    Speed unknown
    Freight Capacity unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    one gasoline engine
    single propeller

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    Merchant Service
    Tourist #2
    43k MV Kirkland underway, date and location unknown.
    The Nauticapedia, photo by George Schneider
    John Spivey
    Tourist #2
    374k MV Kirkland underway in the Lake Washington Ship Canal, seen here from West Montlake Park, Seattle, WA., 15 October 2009.
    Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
    Tourist #2
    170k MV Kirkland moored at Marina Park, Kirkland, WA., 9 January 2010.
    Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
    USAV FB-535
    Tourist #2
    96k USAV FB-535 at the Mine Docks, Fort Stevens, Oregon 1941-1945.
    US Army Signal Corps photo from
    John Spivey

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