1st Voyage

S/V DONUT EXPRESS was built during the 2021-2022 school year by the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes at Roseway Heights Middle School in Portland, Oregon. Special thanks to the Pacific Power Foundation for their support and making this program possible at Roseway Heights. Thanks Ms. Ruhlman, Mr. Jacobs, and Ms. Rege for their dedication to their students and going the extra nautical mile to ensure this program was successful!

CRMM Miniboat Hull #036 was officially christened S/V DONUT EXPRESS in the Brix Maritime Hall at the Columbia River Maritime Museum on May 26, 2022.  During the ceremony, an original poem written by Hull Department member Maggie was read.

A Wave Goodbye
By: Maggie, Hull Department

The ocean blue, I sail to you.
Across the ocean our boats shall go.
A journey to Japan to strengthen the bond.
A joy and a sadness to say goodbye to NESSIE and DONUT EXPRESS.
Goodbye, goodbye we will see you go.
Our joys and sadness will sail with you NESSIE and DONUT EXPRESS.

  • June 12, 2022 - Launched by NYK Line M/V Plumeria Leader

    On June 10, the 2022 CRMM Miniboat Fleet was delivered to the docks and aboard the M/V Plumeria Leader. This LNG powered PCTC (Pure Car and Truck Carrier) will launch each miniboat at the locations requested by the Quartermasters of each crew. A huge thank you to Captain Suzuki, James Tully, and everyone at NYK Line!


    June 11:

    June 12:

    Four miniboats were launched on June 12 – FLAMES UNITE, DONUT EXPRESS, BOAT TO FREEDOM, and WILD-LIFE.

    Stay tuned for pictures and details!

The Columbia River Maritime Museum Miniboat Program provides a global, multidisciplinary STEAM learning experience for 5th- to 7th-grade classes in the Pacific Northwest and Japan by empowering them to cooperatively design, build, launch, and track seaworthy GPS-equipped boats on a journey across the Pacific Ocean. The program was developed in partnership with the Consular Office of Japan in Portland and Educational Passages and is supported by Pacific Power, Northwest Stem Hub, West Marine BlueFuture Fund®, the U.S. Coast Guard, and many others.

Since the program’s start in 2017, 1,513 students on both sides of the Pacific Ocean have been involved in the launch of 31 miniboats, traveling a total of 70,000 nautical miles (and climbing). These boats are tracked daily and students are still building on the skills they honed to launch them.