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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Light Ship Columbia

The Light Ship Columbia is permanently docked at the Maritime Museum in Astoria, and is part of their exhibit. You can take a tour inside the ship when the museum is open. I think the buoy is at least as interesting to look at as the ship, and I love its colors, faded and worn as they are. I come here often, because it's only about a block from home, and of course it's on the River Walk. I haven't been inside the museum itself for quite some time, but the unique building and some of its contents will appear here eventually. You might want to check out The Columbia River: A Photographic Journey for more photos and lots of information on the Light Ship Columbia. The hill in the distance is Tongue Point, and white building in front of it is the J.O. Hanthorn Cannery I posted the other day.

Lee commented, "Interesting story about this. It used to be moored just outside the mouth and helped ships find the entrance to the Columbia. We've come along way. The crew was so bored they salmon fished all summer."

Happy Ruby Tuesday, everyone!

13 comments:

Monica said...

I remember passing that and thinking it looked interesting. However time didn't permit us to visit the museum. This is a perfect photo for Ruby Tuesday.

SouthLakesMom said...

I love this. What's interesting is the shape of the buoy -- if you look at my RT second photo, the shape is the same...and the purpose is the same. It is a land buoy, a weight that holds a gate in place. Thanks for helping me see that connection!

Jacob said...

The first thing that struck me was all of the various elements in the photo and how they work so well together. Great colors, too. I shall check the ship as you suggest...

You live in what appears to be an extremely beautiful and luscious area!

Auntie E said...

What a great museum. Who like to visit someday.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Nice picture and excellent choice for Ruby Tuesday!

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Sue said...

Wow great photo! Looks like an interesting place to visit. That's great it's within walking distance for you.

Thanks for sharing.

Lee Spangler said...

Interesting story about this. It used to be moored just outside the mouth and helped ships find the entrance to the Columbia. We've come along way. The crew was so bored they salmon fished all summer.

cieldequimper said...

What a great shot! I love lightboats,there is an old English one called "Scarweather" permanently moored at a floating museum in Brittany, France, where I go often.

Amanda Guthrie said...

Great moody skies to go along with the reds in your majestic ship!

Denise Jelonek said...

Very colorful photo. I would love to take a tour. It looks so magnificent.

Frankie / Nick said...

What an interesting blog you have! The recipe one is amazing. I shall return often. We have been through Astoria several times and have always missed the Columbia. Will search it out if we are ever there again.

Clueless in Boston said...

The light ship looks interesting; I agree that the buoy looks just as interesting.

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