Lightship Columbia - WLV-604
Astoria, Oregon
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Updated in September 2012
Name: Lightship Columbia / WLV-604
Nearest City: Astoria, Oregon
Location: 1792 Marine Drive Astoria, OR 97103 503-325-2323
Body of water: Columbia River
Style of lighthouse: Lightship
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Informative Website: USCG Lightship Sailors Association
Organizations: Oregon Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society
Groups to join: United States Lighthouse Society
Owned by: Columbia River Maritime Museum
Managed by: Columbia River Maritime Museum
National Register of Historic Places: Since December 20, 1989
National Historical Landmark: Since December 20, 1989
Do the grounds have lodging: No
Web Cams: No
On a license plate: No
On a USPS Stamp: No
Haunted: No

Other Lighthouse Information:
The Lightship Columbia was the first lightship on the West Coast. There were five lightships with the name Columbia that were stationed at the mouth of the Columbia River. The Lightship Columbia WLV-604 was the last lightship to serve on the West Coast. While in service it had 17 crewmembers with ten men on duty at all times. It was decommissioned in 1979 and arrived at the Columbia River Maritime Museum on December 9, 1980. It is now an attraction at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. There is also a huge anchor near the lightship. The Lightship Columbia has a length of 128' 0", a beam of 30', a draft of 11', and displaces 617 tons. While the pier gets repaired the lightship will be temporarily relocated from its dock at the 17th Street Pier and will return to reopen for tours in the summer of 2013.

The Lighthouse Hunters Experience:
We've been here twice and each time took pictures of the lightship and the huge anchor. Both times we didn't have time to go into the museum.

Photographed it: June 11, 2003 / June 8, 2005

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Latitude: 46.1904 Longitude: -123.8242

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Columbia Lightship
Photo taken on June 8, 2005
Columbia Lightship
Photo taken on June 8, 2005
Columbia Lightship
Photo taken on June 8, 2005
Columbia Lightship
Photo taken on June 11, 2003
Columbia Lightship
Photo taken on June 8, 2005
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