Umatilla (lightship)
It was apparent by 1971 that still another tradition of the sea was ending when Umatilla lightship (No. 196) transmitted the message Off station, all navigational aids secured. Under way en route Seattle for decommissioning. Her retirement left only two lightships in active service off the West Coast of the United States ... Columbia lightship (No.. 604), at the mouth of the Columbia River, and Relief lightship (No. 605), which took over the station at Umatilla Reef south of Cape Flattery which No. 196 had maintained for the past 25 years. In the interests of economy, these last survivors of the West Coast lightships would soon be replaced by automated buoys, although mariners and pilots protested that the lightships had provided vital lifesaving services in addition to their primary function as aids to navigation. Gordon Newell, Maritime Events of 1971, H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest 1966 to 1975., p.94.
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