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The Marcus G. Langseth seismic research vessel

Today a familiar research vessel comes to the Port of Astoria: the Marcus G. Langseth. She's owned by Columbia University's Lamont Dougherty Earth Observatory. She's spent time in Astoria over the years as she's pursued different research projects. She is the national seismic research facility for the United States academic research community.

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The Desdemona Sands Lighthouse

At the turn of the 20th century, a sturdy lighthouse stood on pilings the western edge of a huge sandbar in the Lower Columbia downriver from Astoria. The Desdemona Sands Light was first manned by a lighthouse keeper and in later years was automated. She guided ships for more than three decades before falling prey to time and better technology. Her old pilings are gone, but her memory remains.

Crab season opens this week

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season opens this week, after delays beyond the usual target date of Dec 1. Not all areas of Oregon waters are open, but crab in the lower Columbia region meet the criteria. Today we talk about how dangerous crabbing is, and what fishermen risk to bring you your dinner.

A Coastal Christmas

In what is becoming a Ship Report Christmas Eve tradition, today’s show includes a reading of “A Coastal Christmas,” a charming local take on “The Night Before Christmas,” about how crabbers and the Coast Guard rescue Santa, his reindeer and his sleigh, and basically save Christmas for the whole world. And turns out Santa is a fan of Pacific Northwest seafood!

A Coastal Christmas was written by Long Beach Peninsula writer Lynette Rae McAdams and illustrated by Astoria artist Sally Lackaff, and is available in local bookstores.

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