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The Desdemona Sands lighthouse: a bit of lower Columbia history

Today, in answer to a listener question, we take a look at the long and illustrious history of lighted navigational aids and rescue stations on the lower Columbia between Astoria and the ocean. In particular, we'll delve into the history of the once proud (and quite useful) Desdemona Sands Lighthouse, which once stood on pilings in the river near Hammond. The Desdemona Light even had her own lighthouse keeper, which must have been quite a job!

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The Desdemona Sands lighthouse: a bit of lower Columbia history

Feb 20, 2024

Today, in answer to a listener question, we take a look at the long and illustrious history of lighted navigational aids and rescue stations on the lower Columbia between Astoria and the ocean.

In particular, we’ll delve into the history of the once proud (and quite useful) Desdemona Sands Lighthouse, which once stood on pilings in the river near Hammond. The Desdemona Light even had her own lighthouse keeper, which must have been quite a job!

Latest on Oregon offshore wind energy projects

Feb 15, 2024

The Bureau of Ocean Enerby Management, BOEM, released the latest info this week on the proposed floating offshore wind energy projects slated for southern Oregon coastal waters. Even after a lengthy public comment period last fall, stakeholders like tribes and commercial fishermen still say they aren’t being heard.

A 30-day public comment period opens this week. Info online: Google “BOEM Oregon Activities.”

Share your comments here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/02/14/2024-02985/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-an-environmental-assessment-for-commercial-wind-leasing-and-site

A Bit about Tugboats, Part 2

Feb 13, 2024

Yesterday we started talking about tugboats, and there was so much to say that I decided to to do a second episode.

Tugboats are the maritime essence of the saying, “big things in small packages.” Today, among other things, a story about how tugs helped a big ship dock safely in heavy current in a port in British Columbia.

Today we’ll hear Part 2 of “A Bit about Tugboats on the Ship Report.”

A Bit about Tugboats, Part 1

Feb 12, 2024

Today I’ll answer a listener question about tugboats on the river. It’s an interesting and broad subject, so much so that I had too much to share to fit into just one show. So today is Part 1 of “A Bit about Tugboats on the Ship Report.”

Tugboats haul cargo on barges on rivers and oceans, and assist tugs in port. They are vital in the maritime industry and ships could not do their work without them.

Part 2 tomorrow…

Two familiar hometown ships will leave Astoria soon

Feb 09, 2024

Two familiar ships, the USCG cutters Steadfast and Alert, will soon be leaving Astoria for good. The reasons for each ship’s departure are different, but we’ll miss seeing them grace our waterfront by the Columbia River Maritime Museum. We’ll talk about why these beloved vessels will no longer be here on the Columbia

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight?

Feb 07, 2024

Today we take a look, thanks to a listener question, at an old nautical saying that goes, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.”

Is it true? Can we really predict the weather from colors in the sky? Well. to a degree, yes. We’ll take a look today at the science behind red sunsets and sunrises.

Photo credit: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Photographer Robert Havasy. Sailboat on Edgartown Harbor against a red sky at sunset. Taken July 4, 2012 on Edgartown Harbor, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

The Lightship Columbia: a maritime hero in our midst

Feb 05, 2024

Sitting quietly by the dock on the waterfront in Astoria is a ship that once played a vital and sometimes heroic role in the region’s history: the Lightship Columbia. She’s now an exhibit at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, but back in the day – she was a beacon and a refuge for sailors negotiating the intimidating and treacherous Columbia River Bar.

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