Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the next event in the 2015-16 first Thursday Ales & Ideas community lectures. Thursday, February 4th , 2016, at 7 pm, CCC Seamanship Instructor Christopher Jacobsen presents You Have to Go Out, But You Don’t Have to Come Back: Rescue Boats of the Columbia River and Beyond. Doors open with food and beverage service at 6pm. Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase, but no purchase is required. The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane St. in Astoria. Minors are welcome.
For more than 200 years, men and women have been rushing into the pounding surf and performing daring sea rescues at the mouth of the Columbia River. The US Coast Guard motto is, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back,” and this month’s Ales & Ideas lecture will explore how the development of the lifeboat and other rescue craft has shaped the maritime history of our region and the world. Experienced mariner Chris Jacobsen will share stories from the long history of rescue on the Columbia River Bar along with his own experiences working in towing and salvage for the Coast Guard and as a volunteer for the Pacific County Surf Rescue Team. Maritime aficionados will enjoy boat pictures from his travels to the United Kingdom, and as a special treat, Chris will also draw upon his musical talent to perform a selection of songs appropriate to the maritime theme.
A native of Rhode Island, Chris Jacobsen is a US Coast Guard veteran, Licensed Captain, Rescue Swimmer, and Maritime Science Instructor at Clatsop Community College. A member of the Pacific County Surf Rescue Team, he lives in Ilwaco, Washington, home of the Coast Guard’s National Motor Lifeboat School.