Canby Ferry (M.J. Lee II) Retrofit
Project Description: This project will convert the existing heavily worn electric-over-hydraulic propulsion system to a new electric system. This will improve efficiency, eliminate the need for frequent hydraulic fluid leak repairs and reduce the risk of an oil spill. Sandblasting and painting of the entire ferry is also included.
Status: Ferry is CLOSED and retrofit work has begun at the Diversified Marine Inc. dry dock.
Schedule: The Ferry is scheduled to reopen in early summer of 2013.
Contact: Darrel Burnum, Project Manager: 503-650-3210 or DarrelB@clackamas.us
Contractor: Diversified Marine, Inc.
Funding: $1.4 million grant from the Federal 2010 and 2012 Ferry Boat Discretionary Grant fund.
- The old and obsolete hydraulic system is being removed.
- The new propulsion system is being constructed by Harbormaster Marine, Inc.
- Indepth inspection by the US Coast Guard has identified several sections of the steel hull that require replacement.
You may be interested to know:
- The MJ Lee II went through the Willamette Falls Locks headed down river on 01/08/13. For safety reasons, the US Army Corps of Engineers would not allow operators on board while navigating the locks so the ferry had to be hand lined.
- The Canby Ferry has been operating at this site and providing an important link in the Clackamas County transportation system, facilitating regional movement of people and products, since 1914.
- The M.J. Lee II was first commissioned on June 20th, 1997. Since that time, records show it has transported over a million vehicles and made more than 300,000 round trips across the river.
- When the Ferry returns to service in summer 2013, it will have a quieter, more environmentally friendly
propulsion system and additional deck space for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- For more information about the Canby Ferry, click here.
Project Exhibits: Click on an image below to see a larger version.
Canby Ferry in Service
Canby Ferry at Willamette Falls Locks
Canby Ferry at Oregon City Arch Bridge
Canby Ferry at DMI Dry Dock
US Coast Guard Inspection
Old Hydraulic Parts