Coos Bay Pilot members to give presentation at museum

Jeanne & Steve Woods (photo via Coos Art Museum)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Steve and Jeanne Woods, local co-authors and Coos Bay Pilot members, will present “A Historic & Contemporary Perspective on Piloting the Coos Bay Bar” during the Tuesday, May 1 "First Tuesday Talks Lecture Series" at the Coos History Museum.

The presentation is 6-8:30 p.m.

The presentation will include sea stories and a slideshow about the hazardous work of guiding ships safely across the Coos Bay bar, including historical backgrounds of the Coos Bay Pilots. Captain Woods will share his perspectives of the port from 1862 to present-day shipping concerns.

Captain Steven Woods has worked in the maritime industry for over 40 years, starting as a deckhand on tugboats at 15. He currently works as a ship pilot, holding pilotage for Coos Bay, Yaquina Bay, and the Columbia River-Willamette River grounds. He is a board member on the State Board of Maritime Pilots, representing Coos Bay.

Jeanne Woods holds a master’s degree in education from Oregon State University, and began her high school teaching career in 1980. She has taught in several South Coast school districts, and enjoys designing and sewing costumes for local theater groups.

The museum, galleries, and store will be open for extended hours during the event. Cost is $7 for adults. Admission is free for museum members.

In its second year, the First Tuesday Talks Lecture Series is a monthly event at the Coos History Museum. The First Tuesday Talks Lecture Series is hosted February through June, and August through December. The series is sponsored by Al Peirce Co with in-kind support from The Mill Casino.

For more information, contact Coos History Museum at (541) 756-6320 or visit the website at

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