COOS BAY, Ore. -- The ‘Tall Ships Port of Oregon’ saw the first of their maritime monsters sail into the bay Tuesday, marking the start of tourism season for the south coast.
Starting this year, the downtown Coos Bay area will hold events each day for Tall Ship Days, including a treasure hunt.
“We have kids come on education sails, also take dockside tours,” said Tom Leahy, the Director of Tall Ship Days, “We're getting the town spiffed up for that."
It’s an economic boost for an area that is no stranger to these massive vessels that were critical for exporting coal and lumber in the Pacific Northwest.
"Coos Bay and the bay itself was one of the largest lumber shipping areas in the world starting in the 1800’s, because of these wooden ships that were built here,” said Steve Greif, Coos Co. Historical Society.