U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 17


YEAR BUILT: 1848

BUILT AT: Stonington (CT)

BUILDER: Reuben Hancox

APPROPRIATION: $12,000

CONTRACT PRICE: ? (Approp. approved Aug 14, 1848)

SISTER VESSELS: None

DESIGN: Wood - white oak & locust; copper & iron fastened

LENGTH: 78' (lbp), BEAM: 24', DRAFT: 7', TONNAGE: 150 gross

PROPULSION: Sail

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 2 Lanterns, each having 8 oil lamps (multi-wick, bowl type)

FOG SIGNAL: Hand operated 624-lb bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

1862: Supplied with new illuminating apparatus (unspecified) but probably Argand-type lamp with reflectors-
1862: Stated to be "so sharp at both ends that there is little storage room"-
1863: General overhaul - $5726.90-
Frequent repairs throughout service due to extensive & recurring rot

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

1848-1867: Bartlett Reef (CT)
1867-1877: Relief (CT)
1877-1882: Eel Grass Shoal (CT)
1882-1891: Relief (CT)

(Prior to 1867 when No. 17 was assigned, official records identify this vessel as "Bartlett Reef")


HISTORICAL NOTES: 

(Records prior to 1863 are fragmentary and conflicting)-
Prior 1863, believed by some to have been on Succonnessett Shoal (MA) but records provide no support for this, (perhaps confused with LV 13;-
1863: "Did duty" on Bartletta Reef (CT) per records-
1878: Stationed on Eel Grass Shoal (CT)-
1882: Dec 1, withdrawn, brought in for repair, reassigned as Relief-
1890: "Unfit for service" -"too old and rotten"-
1891: Jun 22, turned over to USN for target ship-
1891: Oct 15 -Washington Post stated that despite being fired on arid being hit repeatedly "for some hours" by the USS Chicago, Newark, and Vesuvius, LV 17 remained afloat. "It was not until a boat crew fastened a torpedo to her stern post that she was blown to smash and went down with colors flying."

More notes:

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1891 AGE: 49

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION:

1891: Condemned and dismantled. Delivered Jun 22 to US Naval Station, New London (CT) for use as target. Sunk by naval gunfire Oct 15, 1891.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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