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Postby Grover1 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:39 am


From The Examiner

Tour the Lightship Columbia (Columbia River Maritime) Museum admission also includes entrance to the Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark, docked just outside. The Lightship was once anchored five miles out to sea and served as a floating lighthouse for guiding ships to safety. In 1979, a more practical 42-foot high navigation buoy replaced the unique lightship.
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Postby wheland » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:29 am


Esther and got to the museum too late on our trip to Oregon in 2006- it had already closed for the day.

You are able to walk up to the Lighthsip even with the museum closed. Well you were able to do it then at least- don't know for certain right now.

Trivia Question time-

What Steven Speilberg connected movie was partially filmed in Astoria, OR?

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Postby Grover1 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:33 am


I didnt know ... I peeked (GOOGLED) ... Ill let someone else guess
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Postby wheland » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:39 am


I don't remember how I knew this piece of trivia.

It might have been on a sign at the museum. There are several things displayed outsdie that you can view even when the Museum is closed.

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Postby island » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:51 am


Lightship duty was not greatly desired by those who served in the Lighthouse Service or in later years the Coast Guard. Although a few actually liked it. I toured two of these ships but not when they were mueums displays. One was moored off the coast at Portland and the other was on station outside Boston Harbor. I can not imagine what it must have like bouncing around on one of those during a northeast storm.
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Postby Blacktphoto » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:55 am


Dennis...was it The Goonies"?
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Postby wheland » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:33 pm


Blacktphoto wrote:Dennis...was it The Goonies"?


Why yes it was. they also filmed at Cannon Beach- which i think is where the pirate ship came out of the cave at.

I remember now that as we drove over the Columbia River to the museum I said to Esther that the town looked familiar. There are a number of houses up on the hills overlooking the river and that shot is prominent in the movie. The same shots were also used in the movie Short Circuit.

I do also believe that there is a sign on the street over the bridge that says something about the Goonies. It's a popular topic in the area apparetnly.

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