The photo above shows the Maritime Museum with its wave-like swooping lines and the dock at 17th Street. On the evening of May 13th, when I took the photo from the top of the Astoria Column, there were no ships docked, but usually you can see a Coast Guard ship and sometimes a passenger steamboat. If you enlarge the photo, you can barely make out the light ship Columbia, which is a permanent resident and part of the museum. Until a number of years ago, it was anchored 17 miles offshore, and severed as a lighthouse.
In this photo, you can also see the pilot boat Arrow 2 heading back to its dock at 12th Street, having put a bar pilot on board the ship. Remember the sign above - "Crossing the Bar"? It's such a specialized activity that it requires a seasoned and specially-trained pilot just for the short trip.
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