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Lightship Columbia

Astoria, OR
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Ranked #13 of 23 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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University Place, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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18 helpful votes 18 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
22 helpful votes 22 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Salem, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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