Students from Warrenton Grade School, Columbia City Elementary School and Wy'east Middle School passed off miniboats they built to the Columbia River Bar Pilots and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast for release at the Miniboat Summit at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria on Tuesday morning. The GPS-equipped miniboats will be tracked by the museum, which puts on the program, as they journey to Japan over the coming months as part of a cultural exchange with the country. In late November, three schools in Japan launched their own fleet of miniboats destined for the U.S.

Hailey Hoffman is a visual journalist for The Astorian. Contact her at 971-704-1725 or

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