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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bar Pilot Boat "Columbia"

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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6 comments:

Woody said...

That is an unusual color and it does look mice against the gray shy.

VP said...

Your pilot boats are much nicer than ours!

Francisca said...

Hah, I like how we are in sync with our bright orange boats in the gray mist today. Nice pilot boat! Would not be too shabby a job driving that thing on your gorgeous river.

EG Wow said...

This shot shows why orange is a very good colour for boats in fog. The boat looks new as it's in such great condition.

Madge said...

Wonderful contrast of color against the northwest gray of the atmosphere and river. My Best Regards!

Mark Brown said...

True. That bold orange color helps make the entire boat more visible, and with the grayish sky and water, the orange becomes more solid. It's an eye-catching feature, and I suppose the color also has a function: for other boats to easily spot the Columbia.

- Mark Brown

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