Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Admiral Joe Fowler wisely recommended the addition of a place where the large Frontierland vessels could be dry-docked for maintenance. Of course nowadays we would just shrink the boats using Frugosi rays, but that technique wasn't perfected until the 1990's.
The aptly named "Fowler's Harbor" could have been an unsightly thing, but the Imagineers turned it into a picturesque little assortment of buildings; a place where a sailor might get some food (A lobster dinner!) and grog, or rent a little room while ashore.
I've always like the use of "Wedgewood blue" as a colorful accent on the Columbia!
The river was often a busy place, but as you can see, both Keel Boats and the Columbia were out of commission, leaving only the Mark Twain, the rafts to Tom Sawyer Island, and perhaps the canoes.
What do you think that thing is on the raft? We can see loudspeakers, so this might have been used for some sort of "Dixieland at Disneyland" performance.