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Lightship Columbia

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Address: Astoria, OR
Phone Number: 503-325-2323
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A former floating lighthouse now decommissioned.

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A History "Buff" Must

After the enjoyable visit at the Maritime Museum I could not leave Astoria without touring the Lightship and it was a delight! Such history, amazing history, and with this tour it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
Brandie W
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

After the enjoyable visit at the Maritime Museum I could not leave Astoria without touring the Lightship and it was a delight! Such history, amazing history, and with this tour it was actual hands-on touring. Again delightfully displayed, laid back touring, and very informative. An must sight see when you visit Astoria.

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Cave Creek, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Didn't know such a Lightship existed - certainly worth the 15 minutes - on the grounds of the Museum.

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Parkdale, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Held our 10 year olds attention and interest while touring this magnificent vessel. Was great to see what and how the men on these ships lived and worked - very enlightening!

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Tucson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Part of the Maritime Museum. Very interesting ship with very informative docents. The ship used to be at the mouth of the Columbia as a floating lighthouse

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Whidbey Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Wee had never heard of a Lightship before touring the Maritime Museum. Admission to the Lightboats is included in Museum admission. Touring the boat gives a person an idea of how these men lived, out in the stormy, foggy river, serving as a floating Lighthouse. Revolving beacons and a blaring foghorn couldn't have made for deep sleeping for the crew,... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The lightship Columbia was the fourth and final lightship stationed in the mouth of the Columbia River. It was commissioned in 1951. When it was active, there were 18 men on board - 17 enlisted men and one captain. They were part of the Coast Guard and was responsible to help boats and try to save the boats and men... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

With a visit to the Maritime Museum, you get a ticket to board the lightship Columbia. This was an interesting look at just one of the ships that people who served would have to live on for months at a time. I would recommend doing this, especially since it's free with the museum purchase.

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Morton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

As I recall, 38 men lived aboard for a month anchored at sea in what were often very stormy, foggy conditions. Very interesting to tour and imagine sleeping with the fog horn blasting!

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Caldwell, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Very interesting to go on, walk through, see how sailors lived on ship; a part of the overall museum package; a must see for sea lovers

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

The Columbia lightship is a fascinating ship, essentially a floating lighthouse that was used to help ships navigate the treacherous entrance to the Columbia River. Admission to the ship - and you are able to explore most areas below deck - is included with your ticket to the Maritime Museum.

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