Astoria, Oregon ~ January 29, 2011
A spot of orange on a gray day is always welcome, as is a closeup look at any of the pilot boats. I rarely see the Columbia this far up the river, as it docks in Hammond and transfers pilots on the bar rather than at Astoria (the latter being the job of the smaller pilot boat, Arrow 2). The Columbia, like its sister boat, Chinook, is 72 feet long, and of a similar design (as far as I can tell) with a few differences. I didn't find a lot of information on the web about this boat, maybe because the name can be confused with the river and other things, so if you have a good link, I'd be happy to include it. There is also a pilot boat in Holland with the name name.
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