When I shot my Oregon Coast series a few years ago, I missed seeing this historic vessel that had guarded the mouth of the Columbia River. When in Astoria, Oregon recently, I corrected that omission.
Being the fifth lightship to carry the Columbia name, it was commissioned in 1950 and was in service until 1979. It had a crew of seventeen with ten on duty at all times. Since decommissioning, it has been docked at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. It shares a pier with a couple of sleek Coat Guard cutters.
The first lightship Columbia was stationed at the mouth of the Columbia River in 1892.
Part of the Oregon Coast series.