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“Good Lord!”
Review of Lightship Columbia

Lightship Columbia
Ranked #10 of 45 things to do in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A former floating lighthouse now decommissioned.
Cape Meares, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Good Lord!”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

a great tour next to the Maritime Museum. take a few minutes to go below and see how these men lived during their tours (time at sea), and then imagine trying to stand up, let alone eat and sleep, in 30-40 foot seas during a pacific gale! the lightship didn't have the luxury of coming to port in a storm, but had to hold it's position. highly recommended.

Visited March 2014
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Covington, Kentucky
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A trip to the past”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

A very interesting look at the not-so-long ago... To see what they endured in the name of maritime safety was quite enlightening. The ship was fascinating!

Visited May 2013
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Mariposa, California
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“next to museum”
Reviewed 14 November 2013

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.

Visited November 2013
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Banks, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Original real lightship”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

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!

Visited November 2013
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Gearhart, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
468 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
“Interesting history of a time that has passed”
Reviewed 14 June 2013 via mobile

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 makes sense but it isn't the same.

Visited August 2012
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