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Lightship Columbia, Astoria

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United States lightship Columbia is a lightship located in Astoria, Oregon, United States of America. Columbia was formerly moored near the mouth of the Columbia River.HistoryCommissioned in 1951, Columbia was the fourth and final lightship stationed at the mouth of the Columbia River. Built by Rice Brothers Shipyard in Boothbay, Maine, Columbia was launched with her sister-ship, Relief (WLV-605). The new WLV-604 replaced the aging vessel LV-93, which had been in service on the Columbia River since 1939. The Columbia River lightships guided vessels across the Columbia River Bar and an area known as the Graveyard of the Pacific from 1892 until 1979. Columbia was the final lightship to be decommissioned on the U.S. West coast. She was replaced by an automated navigational buoy soon after. The buoy has since been retired.Because of its importance, the Coast Guard had a permanent 18 man crew stationed on board, consisting of 17 enlisted men and one warrant officer who served as ship's captain. Everything the crew needed had to be on board. In the winter, weeks of rough weather prevented any supplies from being delivered. Life on board the lightship was marked by long stretches of monotony and boredom intermixed with riding gale force storms. The crew worked two to four week rotations, with ten men on duty at all times.
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  • This is your chance to board a historic ship, including the bridge, operating and crew spaces. It makes you appreciate the men who manned this ship off the mouth of the Columbia River until it was...  more »
  • Because of Covi9 19 closures the Maritime museum was closed, but you could still walk around and see the Lightship Columbia and get some pictures. This is a great piece of history and nice to see...  more »
  • Loved the column but it was all fogged in, haha
  • Part of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the United States Lightship Columbia is a great piece of Maritime history. I never knew that there was such a thing as a "Mobile Lighthouse" until we visited the museum.

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