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Lightship Columbia

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Address: Astoria, OR
Phone Number: 503-325-2323

A former floating lighthouse now decommissioned.

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Amazing historical artifact!

You can visit this along with the Maritime History Museum, and it's just crazy to think about when you go through the passageways and work areas of this lightship! Can't imagine... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Puyallup, Washington
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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can visit this along with the Maritime History Museum, and it's just crazy to think about when you go through the passageways and work areas of this lightship! Can't imagine spending the weeks of time they did out there on this providing the safety they did for all the ships that passed. Easily worth the few bucks to tour... More 

Thank chrisgresham61
Astoria, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This ship shows today's generation how things had to be done years ago before the wonderful computer age. It is an educational tool that is worth exploring and learning about. The Columbia River Maritime Museum has been instrumental in preserving our heritage.

Thank Loren B
Milledgeville, Georgia
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a nice add-on to the museum. it is part of the museum, so don't miss it. I'm sure those who had the chance to serve on the ship are happy to know it's services are no longer needed!

Thank Michael R
Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This ships tour was included in the museum ticket, and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit here, and learning the history of this ship and its service. The docent was friendly and informative.

Thank Jeanier34
Hillsboro, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In order to board this vessel you have to buy a ticket at the maritime museum. It's kind of the icing on the cake after you go through the museum. You can climb all around on this ship as if you were lived there. Pretty interesting indeed.

Thank Dogpilot
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun to clamber around up and down the stairs and interesting too. Lots to learn about and well informed guides. Don't like steep stairs? This is pretty steep.

Thank Tom W
tucson az
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So what do you do when a river is too wide and rough to have a simple lighthouse? You build a lightship of course. This sailboat would brave the hazards at the bar of the Columbia and act as a floating lighthouse. You can see where the crew ate, slept and worked. The view of the river and Astoria from... More 

Thank krlynn
Philadelphia, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth to see, inside and out. Lots of info from the guides and not too difficult to climb the stairs up and down.

Thank anacr0ss
Helena, Montana, United States
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Admission to the exceptional adjacent Maritime Museum includes admission to Columbia - absolutely worth the price! Knowledgeable docents guide you from stern to bow with plenty of interpretive stations and photos. If you are truly fortunate you may visit during a HAM radio event and watch proceedings in the radio room. Such was the case during my visit - for... More 

Thank Roger S
Indio, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Docents point you in the direction of the tour, mostly below decks, and this proved most worthwhile, especially after reading why a ship like this was built and the safety and rescue work it provided to many vessels transiting the Columbia River bar, in and out of the Pacific Ocean.

Thank Dennis S

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