Photos courtesy Brad Taylor and Barbara Dudley
Bottom Photo: R/V Oscar Dyson, Courtesy NOAA
The NOAA Research Vessel Oscar Dyson arrived and tied up at the new NOAA docks at South Beach today. Many spectators marveled at the way the Dyson was led in and gently maneuvered in between the other NOAA ships that were already in port. They include the Fairweather, the Bell M. Shimada and Rainier. Lee Fries of Newport tells us that the Oscar Dyson is the sister ship of the Bell M. Shimada and is a fisheries survey vessel as well. The Oscar Dyson is home ported in Kodiak Alaska, the hometown of the late Oscar Dyson. Oscar Dyson died in 1995 after 50 years as a commercial fisherman, processor, and served on the North Pacific Marine Fisheries Management Council.
it’s the first time that the docks have been full of NOAA ships, a sight that will no doubt attract a lot of photographers who are getting the image of a dramatically transformed Yaquina Bay waterfront. The presence of these ships is spurring dramatically expanded ideas of new collaborative research connections and alliances that are expected to add jobs and prominence to Newport’s emerging importance as a marine science center for the west coast and the nation. The Yaquina Bay Ocean Observation Initiative is already studying new employment synergies that are expected to produce even more local economic infusions of resources and expertise that will help make retail and tourism cash registers ring throughout the region.
Port of Newport General Manager Don Mann, looking at these ships, all tied together in a proud and handsome line, must have a smile on his face you couldn’t remove with a jackhammer.