U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 109/WAL 531


YEAR BUILT: 1923

BUILT AT: Bath (ME)

APPROPRIATION: ?

BUILDER: Bath Iron Works

CONTRACT PRICE: $200,000

SISTER VESSELS: LV 106,107,108,110,111

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

LENGTH: 132'4" (loa); BEAM: 30' 0"; DRAFT: 14'7"; TONNAGE: 715 displ

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

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 375mm electric lens lantern at each masthead

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


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:
1923 Aug 16, launched at Bath (ME); christened by Miss Elizabeth Davies of Portland-
1923 Nov 10, delivered-
1923 Equipped with radio when built-
1929 Equipped with radiobeacon-
1935 Fog signal changed to steam diaphragm horn-
1945 Fitted with detection radar-
195? Repowered with GM Bcyl diesel, 500hp, 4'9" dia propeller, max speed 8 kts-
1960 USCG lists vessel with duplex 375mm lens lantern on foremast, l3,000cp; air diaphone; Bendix MR-3 radar; other characteristics as above-
Radio and visual call sign NNGZ (1940-1966)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS: 
1924-1954: Relief (6th District)
1954-1964: Savannah (GA)
1965-1966: New Orleans (LA)

(1942-1945 during WWlI, continued to serve as Relief lightship stationed at Charleston (SC); (no armament provided)
(New Orleans station established Mar 13, 1965)


HISTORICAL NOTES: 
1929: Oct 1/2, while relieving Frying Pan Shoal, rode out hurricane with minor damage, but decks continuously awash with boarding seas for 2 days

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1966; AGE: 43

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Decommissioned Dec 8, 1966; transferred to Agency for International Development Feb 20, 1961, sold to Uruguay and served as Banco Ingles lightship for several years until retired in Uruguay


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 109/WAL 531

1923-?: Arnold Nielson, Master
1923-?: Harold T Brett, Mate
1960: CWO Cleo Hack, CO


Photographs:
(Click thumb-nail to see full-size image)
Original photo caption; description; date; photo number & photographer (if known). Unless otherwise noted all photos are official U.S. Coast Guard photographs.
LS 109 LV 106 -- 110, SPAR DECK." No number; date/photographer unknown.

[Photo was probably taken in 1923-24 and provides a view of the spar deck of either the LV 106, 107, 108, 109, or the 110, all of which were sister lightships built by the Bath Iron Works company and entered service in 1923.] 

LS 109 No caption/date/photo number; photographer unknown.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Lightship Sailors' Association.

LS 109 No caption/date/photo number; photographer unknown.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Lightship Sailors' Association.

 

 

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