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Lightship Columbia

Astoria, OR
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Ranked #13 of 22 attractions in Astoria
Type: Lighthouses
Traveler Description: The Lightship Columbia is docked at the Maritime Museum.  A lightship is a ship which acts as a lighthouse, and they were used in areas where a... more »
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Seattle
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Part of the maritime museum admission, the lightship was a lot of fun to tour. It was especially interesting to note the size of accommodations between a ship like this and an average military ship. The tour is self-guided after a brief spiel by a docent. It includes two short ladders, and some small overheads but mostly it's quite easy... More

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Colorado Springs
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

While at the Maritime Museum, your price of admission includes a tour of the Lightship Columbia. This retired U.S. Coast Guard ship is open to the public for tours. It has a fascinating history that very few people know about. Small crews and hazardous duty, this ship fought the treacherous waterway of the Columbia River to enter the Pacific Ocean... More

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Salem, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Didn't know these things existed. Must have been boring duty for Coasties. Interesting to me, though.

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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is included with you admission to the Maritime Museum enjoyed the walk through can couldn't imagine living on this for such long time before coming back to land.

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McMinnville, Oregon
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Nice self tour. The deck is open, you can go below decks to see gally, crews berthing, and officer quarters. Can't see engine room, etc.. The volunteer on board does have good information on the ship.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Worth the time. Kids liked it. Good history here. Ties in very well with the museum visit. I spent 4 hours in the museum and about 20 minutes on the ship.

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NJ
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Included in our Columbia Maritime Museum ticket was a tour of the Lightship Columbia. Kids and adults alike will appreciate touring below decks and learning how this lightship sat at anchor miles from the mouth of the Columbia River for months on end and served to warn and guide ships at sea. It was eventually replaced by satellite technology.

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Cranbrook
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Walked around the deck but everything is pretty much closed off. The volunteer did provide info on this floating lightship and that was interesting.

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Merced, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We loved taking the kids on board this ship. The kids loved imagining that they lived onboard, and having things like a sample menu out, being able to get into a bunk, and really explore without a guide added to the experience. Really cool.

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Kent, Washington
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This 1800's lightship is now a museum of its own. You can wander through, seeing where the crew lived, and seeing pictures that show the history of this ship that served as a light to guide and protect maritime traffic. Very interesting. And it shares the dock with Coast Guard ships too.

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