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.
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!
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
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
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!
I've known a lot of men who served on the Columbia during its career at the mouth of the Columbia River. I'm afraid I would have been ready to go back in after about as long as it took me to tour it!
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.
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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