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Lightship Columbia

Astoria, OR
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Ranked #12 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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Kent, Washington
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Cape Meares, Oregon
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

a great tour next to the Maritime Museum. take a few minutes to go below and see how these men lived during their tours (time at sea), and then imagine trying to stand up, let alone eat and sleep, in 30-40 foot seas during a pacific gale! the lightship didn't have the luxury of coming to port in a storm,... More

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Covington, Kentucky
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

A very interesting look at the not-so-long ago... To see what they endured in the name of maritime safety was quite enlightening. The ship was fascinating!

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Mariposa, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This small ship is anchored just outside the museum. Admission comes with the museum ticket. Worth taking the short trip through it and seeing how the crew lived.

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Banks, Oregon
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I can't imagine riding out a storm in such a small ship out in the ocean. This shipped was anchored for years about 5 miles off the entrance to the Columbia River. the bunks the crew slept in had seatbelts!

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Gearhart, Oregon
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473 reviews 473 reviews
174 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Fascinating to see a ship that mostly stayed in one place marking the river channel and providing information on weather and water conditions and occasionally serving as a refuge for those suffering a disaster. Walking the interior gives one pause: this was not easy duty even though only a few miles from Astoria. Replacing it with buoys and modern electronics... More

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907 reviews 907 reviews
637 attraction reviews
589 helpful votes 589 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Since we are from Maine and the Lightship Columbia #5 was built in the East Boothbay Harbor region of Maine, I was excited to take a tour and visit the Maritime Museum as well. Alas, the Columbia is away from her station for a few more weeks due to work being completed on the dock. Well, what a disappointment so... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

Came from CA to see the lightship. When I arrived at the museum I was told it had been moved so it and the dock can be worked on for the winter and is not available to see or tour. It will be back in the spring. Very disappointed!

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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Admission for the lightship is included with your ticket to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. If you are interested in lighthouses or boats, this is a nice self-guided tour.

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Light ship spent many years at mouth of Columbia River, keeping mariners off the rocks, retired to port now, tour shows you what the sailors went through to protect shipping. Worth the visit.

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