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Address: Astoria, OR
Phone Number: +1 503-325-2323

A former floating lighthouse now decommissioned.

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Good self guided tour

Part of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, this former lightship was stationed off the coast of Astoria for many years. This ship was anchored and was basically a floating light... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Part of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, this former lightship was stationed off the coast of Astoria for many years. This ship was anchored and was basically a floating light house. The tour is self guided and gives you a glimpse into the lives of the sailors that were stationed on it. Recommended!

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This vessel, a sistership of the "Relief," was the primary aid to navigation (navaid) for this treacherous location known as the "graveyard of the Pacific" (with over 2,000 shipwrecks on the shoal). I was impressed with the reality of life on a lightship, including when it got foggy and its enormous deafening foghorns would blow, forcing the men aboard to... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Admission is included with each ticket to visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Well worth the time to see the attraction, but be aware you have to descend a steep ladder to enter (and climb back up to exit). Definitely not wheelchair friendly.

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The lightship Columbia is included with admission to the CRMM. we went aboard and found a nearly operational lightship. (For those who aren't familiar with a lightship, it is a floating lighthouse for ship navigation) It is a wonderful display and if you get a chance, have a conversation the HAM radio operator who is in the communication room by... More 

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This lightship was tied up at the dock at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. It was not terribly interesting. There was very little on the boat of interest and if we had paid extra beyond the cost of the museum admission I would have been very disappointed.

Thank dyerta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Visited on cruise - this is a fascinating light craft - kept in very good order and is s marvellous attraction

Thank Renfrewshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Great history lesson. Walk all about the last Columbia River bar light ship. The docents are very knowledgeable. Interesting to see how the Coast Guard men lived on the light ship.

Thank Jack & Barb... J
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We enjoyed being able to go on and in this ship. We got to see where the crew worked, ate, slept, and showered. The host answered our questions easily. This boat tour is included in your ticket to the maritime museum. You need to be able to climb upend down steep ladders.

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

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 

Thank M J
Aurora, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 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.

Thank Mikeshy

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