Rob Rich

Rob Rich, vice president of marine services with Shaver Transportation, a tug and barge company.

ILWACO, Wash. — Rob Rich, vice president of marine services with Shaver Transportation, will discuss the history of commercial navigation on the Columbia River at the next Salty Talk. The free event takes place 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, upstairs at the Salt Hotel & Pub, 147 Howerton Ave.

The Columbia is more than 1,200 miles long with a vast history of commercial navigation. Rich has 40 years of experience working vessels on the river, giving him a unique perspective and understanding on the history of navigation in this area.

He is the past president of the Columbia River Towboat Association, president of Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, vice chair of Columbia River Steamship Operators Association and serves on the Oregon Maritime Museum board of directors.

Come early or stay late for those wanting to grab dinner or beverages. Seating is limited; no reservations.

Salty Talks are held in partnership with the Salt Pub & Hotel, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, with support from Friends of Columbia River Gateway.

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