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Lightship Columbia

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

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Interesting history

I had never heard of a lightship, so I was particularly interested in touring the ship after touring the museum. Touring the lightship comes with your ticket to the Columbia... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I had never heard of a lightship, so I was particularly interested in touring the ship after touring the museum. Touring the lightship comes with your ticket to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, so don't miss it!

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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The self-tour of this ship is included in the admission price to the excellent Maritime Museum. The ship is docked in the river just past the museum. This is the real thing - a floating "lighthouse" with a rich history. Fun and authentic!

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Otis, Oregon
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great part of the Columbia river history. After touring the ship and seeing how the sailors lived it must have taken special people to do this. Did not know it was a U.S. coast guard ship.

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Clifton, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Lightship Columbia is truly a friend of the fishermen and commercial ships who would navigate the waters of the Columbia River. The tour has steep steps but very well kept and worth the tour.

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Oregon Coast
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A lightship was, in essence, a floating lighthouse. Different ships served from the early 19th Century up to 1983. The Columbia was on duty for nearly 30 years off the mouth of the Columbia River. You can tour the ship as part of admission to the main museum. The ship was interesting, but not tackling the steep steps. I kept... More 

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Astoria oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

On the bottom of 17 Street berthed next to the Columbia Rivertime Museum sits the old wooden boat the lightship Columbia. One can find the Coast Gaurd Cutter there when she is in port and not out on patrol. Caution: you must have your government id on your person to board. Good experience.

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Brookings, Oregon
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The tour guide was very informative, the tour was interesting, it was nice to tour this because I love lighthouses so a lightship was a cool concept

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Tigard, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The history of the lighships is fascinating. This beautiful lady is a testamony to the people who risked their lives to help ships navigate the often rough waters.

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

When you go to the merit time Museum you get to also tour the light ship Columbia it is well worth the view and is nice to go down in the ship and see how things were when the ship was being used. Definitely would come back here again this was a lot of fun

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I think he has read as much as he can on the 3 light ships that were on post at the mouth of the Columbia. He had written a song and he played it in the rain in front of the ship. It is quite mind boggling to think of living with 16 other folks for 3 weeks at a... More 

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