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Lightship Columbia

Astoria, OR
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Ranked #12 of 24 Attractions in Astoria
Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
Owner description: A former floating lighthouse now decommissioned.
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Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
Owner description: A former floating lighthouse now decommissioned.
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Seattle
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124 reviews 124 reviews
76 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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University Place, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

After a visit to the Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Columbia Lightship...we have a deep appreciation for the Coast Guard and all they do to keep our waters safe and the people that sail them.

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Deer Lodge, Montana
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

These people are heroes. They risk their lives to man a boat in waters so rough that it is known as the graveyard of the Pacific. Climb down into the cramped living quarters and feel what it was like to live aboard a life saving boat in dangerous waters. Great experience.

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Seattle
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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