U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 14


YEAR BUILT: 1852

BUILT AT: Newport (RI)

BUILDER: ?

APPROPRIATION: $15,000 (1851)
(Approp. made for "light-boat off Brenton's Reef")

CONTRACT PRICE: ?

SISTER VESSELS: None

DESIGN: Wood - white oak & yellow pine; copper & iron fastened; 2 masts (foremast higher) daymarks on both

LENGTH: 91' (lbp), BEAM: 22', DRAFT: 9', TONNAGE: 159 gross

PROPULSION: Sail - "sloop rigged"

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Single lantern with 8 lard oil lamps

FOG SIGNAL: Bell and horn, hand operated


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

1852: Said to have been named LEDYARD when launched-
1856: Third inspector Ludlow stated "very slightly built and will answer best for use on an inside station"-
1856: Rebuilt $11,000-
185?: Second lantern installed (apparently on jigger mast)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

1853-1856: Brenton Reef (RI)
1856-1872: Cornfield Point (CT)
1872: Relief (CT) - laid up


HISTORICAL NOTES:

1853: Mar, placed on Brenton Reef (RI)-
1856: Dec, placed on Cornfield Point (CT) after rebuild-
1866: Rammed by a New London steamer in heavy fog; considerable damage-
1868: Mar 18, broke adrift, towed to New London, resumed station Mar 20-
1872: Withdrawn from station - condition "so bad as to render her unworthy of further repair"; placed in Relief status and laid up

More notes:

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1872 AGE: 20

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: 

Sold at public auction, New London (CT) 1872 - $615

 

 

 

 

 

 

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