The Dodge Island has been (and still is) very busy in the Astoria area again.
The channel has to be dredged regularly, or upstream ports would be strangled off from international marine traffic.
A small bonus in this photo was seeing the Columbia River (the smaller launch hauled alongside the dredge) was afloat again.
The Columbia River was the subject of one of my (and apparently others’) favorite abstract maritime images. The last time I’d seen her, she was being hauled rather ignominiously out of town on a large flatbed. I was afraid that she was going to be scrapped. But, she’s back at work, and I’m happy to see it.