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Lightship Columbia

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 21 May 2014 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

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.

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Lightship is a dying tradition. The same fate applies to the lighthouse. The new technology will replace both. But what about when the satellite signal is not output to the seafarer can check the direction.

21 May 2014 5:16am

@Jypyä Pop: Many of the lighthouses here are still in use but with automated lights. The big beautiful Fresnel lenses have been removed from the light rooms and displayed elsewhere. According to a Wikipedia article, the last lightship in the USA was decommissioned in 1985.

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendide ce bateau

21 May 2014 5:53am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Pour moi c'est une découverte

21 May 2014 6:00am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Very beautiful view!... great framing!

21 May 2014 7:06am

Ben from Rennes, France

Bonne composition et sujet interessant!

21 May 2014 7:33am

jean pierre from paris, France

cadrage et couleurs extra!! amitiés

21 May 2014 7:45am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Superb lighting and framing

21 May 2014 8:15am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice compo, light and colors.

21 May 2014 8:27am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Nice capture of the historical vessel. Wonderful shot. Have a nice day, Steve. :)

21 May 2014 9:07am

francesco from Italy

une image qui ouvre le coeur...

21 May 2014 10:46am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Superb image, 5 ***** 's !~

21 May 2014 10:51am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Majestic, nice capture.

21 May 2014 11:29am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Neat old ship, being an inland Okie we never hear of such vessels:)

21 May 2014 11:57am

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Great capture of this lightship -- I never heard of them --- did they have the same job as a lighthouse ?
Kindest regards Steve and a nice day Monika

21 May 2014 12:11pm

@Shiva: Yes, they had a similar purpose.

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful composition !

21 May 2014 1:12pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

It's a great shot, especially clear. I like also the composition. I ask the same question that Jypyä Pop.

21 May 2014 1:16pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Fanastic shot of ships under the beautiful blue sky. Excellent composition.

21 May 2014 2:10pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this retired lightship. It makes a fine addition to the museum.

21 May 2014 2:19pm

Veronique from Tarbes, Switzerland

I'm very ignorant.....I never heard of this before.....thanks for having enlighten my night :-)))

21 May 2014 3:22pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Wonderful framing....superb light and lovely reflections that gives a sense of depth..the sky looks fantastic!

21 May 2014 3:51pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States


21 May 2014 5:20pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Excellent luminosity and colors.

21 May 2014 6:51pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Great detail, lovely panoramic image.

21 May 2014 8:08pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition, clouds, colors, lighting & reflections!
A M A Z I N G !

21 May 2014 10:06pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful looking ships and nautical scene; vibrant colors and capture! Great information too!

21 May 2014 11:17pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Lovely view all around

21 May 2014 11:22pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This looks like a solid and formidable vessel, Steve. What a cool shot and beautiful day there :-) Thanks so much for your comments also :-)

22 May 2014 12:04am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

A great shot here with very interesting history !! It's a great shot Steve !!

22 May 2014 2:41am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Mervielleux bâteaux rouge et blanc quelle luminosité sueprbe.

22 May 2014 2:51am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful view. Wonderful ships and great reflections. :)

22 May 2014 3:55am

Langevine from Angers, France

direction la colombie

22 May 2014 7:02am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Love the light in this scene and exceptional clarity to show the lightship at its best.

22 May 2014 9:18am