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Bette Lu Krause

Bette Lu Krause will talk about her adventures as a mariner on the high seas next Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Oysterville Schoolhouse.

OCEAN PARK ­— Artist and shipboard naturalist Bette Lu Krause of Ocean Park is the first speaker scheduled for the Fall 2017 Oysterville Schoolhouse Lecture Series, which begin next Thursday, Sept. 7. She will tell “Stories from a Young Woman on the High Seas.”

“I ran off to sea at 24 to become a merchant marine,” Krause said. “From 1976 until 1994 I worked on all kinds of ships — freighters, tankers, research vessels, and for several years I was a tugboat captain in Prudhoe Bay.”

Her stories about her working years as a mariner will be the first of six hour-long talks scheduled for this fall — one every other Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. According to series organizer Diane Buttrell, the lectures this group of lectures will focus on the river, each talk featuring a different aspect of life on and around the Columbia.

“I’ve driven a ship (I call it driving but you can say piloted) up and down the Columbia at least 50 or 60 times,” Krause said. “From Astoria, up as far as Clarkson and back. Every trip is a story in itself.”

The public is invited to attend, free of charge. “The talks are very informal,” Buttrell said, “with lots of opportunities to ask questions and interact with the speaker. They have proved a wonderful way to showcase the amazing talents and expertise among our neighbors here at the beach. Neighbors like Bette Lu Krause!”

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