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Lightship Columbia

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Address: Astoria, OR
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A former floating lighthouse now decommissioned.

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A visit to an old friend.

As someone that actually served aboard the Lightship it was fun revisiting her. This was my first duty station after boot camp and it was an interesting life aboard. Lightship... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maple Valley, Washington
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Maple Valley, Washington
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As someone that actually served aboard the Lightship it was fun revisiting her. This was my first duty station after boot camp and it was an interesting life aboard. Lightship duty was considered "semi-isolated". The crew was divided into 5 duty sections and every Tuesday was "log-run" day (weather permitting!); the day when some went ashore while another section came... More 

Thank bikergoody
Roseburg, Oregon
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Self guided tours on this ship. It comes with your admission to the Columbia River Maritime Museum and is parked right out back from it. If you are into boats, this is something fun to do! You need to climb up and down a few levels on the boat, so be prepared to do that. If you have a disability... More 

Thank TraipsingTraveler
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71 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Easy walk to a pier by the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Tickets available inside the museum. There was a nice docet there who gave the basics. And we descended down into the crews quarters for a self guided tour, then up into the wheelhouse. On came only imagine what it was like to live on this small ship at the... More 

2 Thank Laurence C
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Basically an old ship outfitted with lights to aid navigation in the Columbia River. An interesting visit for anyone interested in lighthouse history or maritime history.

Thank Jack B
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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352 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

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!

Thank StevoinMinnesoto
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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218 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

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 

1 Thank c5mjb
Gilbert, Arizona
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 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.

Thank DeniseInAz
Roseville, California
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56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 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 

Thank lukebabs
Portland, Maine
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125 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 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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224 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 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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