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Historical pilot boat comes to shore

An 89-foot, self-righting bar pilot boat has been mothballed for the last 10 years after serving the Columbia River shipping industry from 1967 to 1999.

But soon it will shine again - this time beckoning to Columbia River Maritime Museum visitors.

The vessel revolutionized the bar pilots' ability to board cargo ships in stormy weather, dramatically reducing bar closures to a few days a year and keeping Columbia River ports competitive with others on the West Coast.

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