U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 106/WAL 528


YEAR BUILT: 1923

BUILT AT: Bath (ME)

APPROPRIATION: ?

BUILDER: Bath Iron Works

CONTRACT PRICE: $200,000

SISTER VESSELS: LV 107,108,l09,110,111

DESIGN: Steam screw; steel hull, steel pilot house and deck houses, 2 masts with lantern galleries, smokestack amidships

LENGTH: 132'4"; (loa); BEAM: 30'0"; DRAFT: 14'7"; TONNAGE: 775 displ

PROPULSION: Steam - compound reciprocating engine, 400 IEP; 2 oil fired Scotch marine boilers, 120 psi; 4 bladed propeller; max speed 9 knots

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 375 mm electric lens lantern at each masthead

FOG SIGNAL: 12" steam chime whistle, submarine bell, submarine oscillator, hand operated bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:
1923: Equipped with radio, radiobeacon, submarine oscillator, submarine bell-
1931: Submarine oscillator discontinued-
1933: Repowered; GM diesel 4SOHP, 4'9"dia propeller, max speed 7 knots-
1935: Fog signal changed to air whistle-
1935: Supplied with new cage antenna of improved design to improve field strength and coverage of radiobeacon-
1961: USCG lists vessel with duplex 375mm lens lantern 16,000 CP each lamp on foremast; F2T air diaphone; other characteristics as above-
Radio and visual call sign NNGY (1940-1961)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS: 
1923-1931: Nantucket Shoals (MA)
1931-1934: Relief (MA)
1934-1936: Nantucket Shoals (MA)
1936-1942: Relief (MA)
1942-1945: Examination Vessel, WWII
1945-1967: Relief (MA)

(1942-1945: During WWII stationed at Woods Hole MA and used as an examination vessel, no armament provided)


HISTORICAL NOTES: 
1923: Aug 20, placed on Nantucket Shoals station-
1924: Oct 29, for test and evaluation, radio fog signal (i.e. radiobeacon) was operated 24 hours/day on the first 15 minutes of each hour for 6 months. (At this time, radiobeacons normally transmitted only during poor visibility)-
1928: Jan 25, during gale, dragged 4 mi SE of station; regained station same day when weather moderated-
1934: May 16, placed on Nantucket station on the day after LV 117 had been rammed and sunk on that station-
1934: Sep 12, low power proximity warning radiobeacon placed in service for test; providing a variable tone signal (warble), and operating 1 minute out of every 3 during the test; vessels reported receiving the signal at 10-15 mi. range with noticeable increase in loudness as the lightship was approached

More notes:

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1967; AGE: 44

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Decommissioned Oct 17, 1967, On Jun 4, 1968, transferred to Agency for International Development (AID) for further transfer to Surinam; still in use in Surinam as of 1973.


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 106 / WAL 528
1923-1931: David B Studley, Master
1923-1925: Lars 0. Johnson, 1st Mate
1925-1926: Thomas M O'Brien, 1st Mate
1926-?: Warren W. Eliot, 1st Mate
1936-1939: Edward Andreason, Mate
1939-?: Ernest B Waters, Mate
1961: WO R A Jones, OIC
1966-1967: CWO Edward T Kassick, CO
1967: CWO David N Russell, CO


PHOTOGRAPHS:

Click here to view a photo of a lifeboat drill on board the LV-106, circa 1934.

Click here to view a photo of the spar deck of LV-106 or one of her sister lightships.

Click here to view a photo of the damage caused to LV-106 after the USS PCE/R/851 collided with her in 1949.

 

 

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