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Address: Astoria, OR
Phone Number: 503-325-2323
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A former floating lighthouse now decommissioned.

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Nice, real world exhibit

I toured the Lightship Columbia after going through the Maritime Museum. It was very interesting. Imagine being anchored at sea for weeks at a time with only the interior space to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mikeshy
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Aurora, Ohio
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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Lightship Columbia was used as a floating lighthouse in the Pacific Ocean near the Columbia River. The 1950 lightship had a crew of about 18. Wow, that must has been crowded and they stayed moored in the ocean for weeks. Can you image the winters out there? It is now docked at the Columbia River Maritime Museum and can... More 

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Aurora, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I toured the Lightship Columbia after going through the Maritime Museum. It was very interesting. Imagine being anchored at sea for weeks at a time with only the interior space to utilize your time. These ships server a valuable role as beacons for the entrance to the Columbia River for over 100 years.

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Thank Mikeshy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Lightship Columbia is the best part of the Maritime Museum tour. The ship was decommissioned in the '70's, and has been a museum since. It's tight and musty, and must have been a tough space to spend your two week duty.

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Thank AngusDad
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lightship is part of the maritime museum. Docents welcome you into the boat and give you an overview. Head inside and imagine what it's like to be stationed here for months with a crew of about 12 others. They have a kitchen, bedrooms, recreation room, TV, but little else to call home. Hard to imagine. Definitely take the time... More 

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Thank marcus k
Pendleton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

while at the museum we could have gone on the tour of the Lightship Columbia, but decided we didn't have time for everything, the ship is huge and looked very interesting.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We returned for a repeat visit to Lightship Columbia. We toured the lightship and saw the living quarters, dining area, and the deck area. It was a special event day on the Columbia so one could practice their morse code, raise flags up, learn roping, and other events. One shows their ticket from the Columbia Maritime Museum to tour the... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

We enjoyed going through this ship and learning how the sailors lived and worked. We didn't know that the landbased lighthouses have all been retired. That is how this type of ship came into use.

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Thank MommaK777
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Unusual double ended ship set by a beautiful open park with ship propellers and other statues. Worth a stop

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Cedar Falls
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

The Lightship Columbia is a ship that acts as a lighthouse about 5 miles out to sea. There is a lot of history with this ship and is part of the Oregon Maritime Museum in Astoria. Well worth the extra time to visit. Amazing how the crew lived in such tight quarters.

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Richmond, VA, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

The Lightship Columbia can be visited with the admission to the Columbia river Maritime Museum. Seeing where the guys lived on this boat that anchored at sea was interesting and worth the extra time.

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