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Since the very beginning of the Rose Festival back in 1907, visiting ships and other fleet-related elements (like submarines) have been making their way to Portland’s waterfront. The City of Portland is known to be a favorite port of call for military (and non-military) visitors — and citizens enjoy making these visitors welcome! One of the purposes of Fleet Week has always been to celebrate and thank the active and reserve military personnel and all veterans.

The Portland Rose Festival is extremely fortunate to be one of a few U.S. Ports of Call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy. Their arrival commemorates a relationship with the Navy that has lasted more than 100 years, and over 80 years of visiting Portland during the Rose Festival. It is a significant commitment by the Navy to make the Rose Festival Fleet Week one of the premier Fleet Week events in the country.

2016 Visiting Ships

US Navy
USS Russell
USS Howard
USS Champion

Royal Canadian Navy
HMCS Edmonton
HMCS Brandon

Coast Guard
USCGC Steadfast
USCGC Swordfish
USCGC Bluebell

Historic Ships
Sternwheeler Portland
PT 658 — World War II PT-625-class Higgins 78-foot PT boat, 1945
Game Warden – Patrol Boat River (PBR)


Admission is FREE
Public tours will be on a first-come basis

Ship Tour Hours [PDF]

NOTE: Visitors may be subject to personal search. No bags, strollers or wheelchairs will be allowed onboard. There will NOT be any ‘holding area’ for personal items. Visitors MUST be able to maneuver onboard the ships, including climbing narrow ladders.

Each ship determines their own schedule for visits and tours. THESE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE (please be aware you may be turned away). This is determined by the ships — THE ROSE FESTIVAL IS UNABLE TO CONTROL ANY DIFFERENCES IN DATES AND TIMES. Thank you.


Each year during the Rose Festival in June, the U.S. Navy welcomes guests to ride their ships as they navigate up the Columbia River from Astoria to Portland. The Blueback Council of the US Navy League annually coordinates these rides for the general public on one of the ships that visits Portland. This year’s rides will occur on Thursday, June 9, when the ships debark Astoria in the morning and dock at the Portland seawall in late afternoon. People interesting in riding with the crew of a US Navy guided missile destroyer as the ship sails up the Columbia into the Willamette to Portland and being welcomed by the Portland Fire Department’s fireboat, should contact ten.t1477073880sacmo1477073880c@rom1477073880lnsu1477073880 . The Blueback Council will send out an application and information about the ship ride to each person that responds. Because applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis, applications should be send back as quickly as possible. Due to US Navy security requirements, applications must be received by Blueback Council by Saturday, May 7.