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  BB 58 USS Indiana anchor in front of the museum
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  • BB 58 USS Indiana anchor in front of the museum - Astoria
      BB 58 USS Indiana anchor in front of the museum
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  • Lightship Columbia marked the entrance for years - Astoria
      Lightship Columbia marked the entrance for years
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  • Columbia River mouth entrance buoy - Astoria
      Columbia River mouth entrance buoy
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  • The USCGC Alert berthed next to the Lightship - Astoria
      The USCGC Alert berthed next to the Lightship
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OK, I will admit to being a bit of a ship geek, especially since I once seriously considered the US Merchant Marine Academy as a source of an undergraduate degree. Even if you are not a ship geek, this museum is an excellent stop. The sea has always played a major role in the life of Astoria and that relationship is laid bare with all of its facets here. If you only have time for one museum in the Lower Columbia region, let this be the one. Your $8 admission also gets you a ticket to board the Lightship Columbia which is moored on the river just outside. This ship served for years, marking the entrance to the Columbia River for sea-going ships. You get a good appreciation for the men who served aboard her and the lives they led when they were on duty. The big buoy in front of the ship was also a former marker for the river entrance. The local USCG Cutter Alert is docked next to the Lightship, but if the crew are running tours of her, those are free.

Website: http://www.crmm.org/

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  • Written Jul 31, 2008
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