Lightship Columbia, Astoria

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#9 of 16 in Historic Sites in Oregon Coast
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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  • The lightship Columbia and a Coast Guard cutter are typically docked next to the Museum. Hold on to your little ones!  more »
  • Must see when you are there the price of the ticket to the Maritime museum includes entry to the ship! Such tight quarters it was super interesting to see insie it!  more »
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  • A great place to see and touch history. It definitely takes you back in history. Worth a visit because it is much more engaging than a museum.
  • Admission is included in the Maritime Museum admission. This boat was anchored in the harbor to guide boats in. Later supplanted by a lighthouse. It is just like it was when it was on duty. you see where they slept, ate, prepared the meals and played games in their downtime. Lots of descriptive panels of the fuel it needed to keep the light running and all the food they needed to stock up on as storms would prevent resupply for weeks.

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