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Address: Astoria, OR
Description: A former floating lighthouse now decommissioned.

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Nice Tour

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Brookings, Oregon
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Brookings, Oregon
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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116 reviews 116 reviews
40 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Seattle
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128 reviews 128 reviews
77 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Yes, touring this ship is included in the fee to the Maritime Museum, and very interesting. Personally I can't imagine riding a ship like this to go thru the rough river waters towards the ocean, yikes! Makes me appreciate what they did. The ship basically served as a portable lighthouse. My husband toured the belly of the boat, it reminded... More 

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Saint Helens, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very well preserved Lightship, lots of fun to explore. We love old ships, so this was a treat. Entry is included with admission to the Astoria Maritime Museum.

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Astoria, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We viewed the museum and that included a trip through the Columbia LIghtship. It was interesting to see a part of history of the Columbia River. If you get the chance, check it out. You will not be disappointed.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Our docent was experienced and had lived the sea life he described. The working conditions changed from peaceful, near boredom in calm weather, to violence and threatening seas during seasonal storms. The life preserving importance of this basically stationary ship (one of generations), a remarkable navigation tool in times past, was immeasurable. Fitting, that it is restored, allowed to age... More 

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Lebanon, Oregon
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There is nothing like being there in person and walking through the boat to understand a little bit about what it was like to attend the duties of the lightship. Of course, we didn't have simulated wave action typical of the Columbia bar. That would have been too exciting for most!

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Duluth, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Lightships became obsolete by 1960. This one of the few preserved. Self-guided tour takes you through this small, specialized vessel that guarded the Columbia Bar for decades. A must for ex-navy and CG personnel and those interested in maritime history. Limited hours.

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