U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 2

YEAR BUILT: 1849

BUILT AT: Records show "unknown"

APPROPRIATION: $12,500

BUILDER: Records show "unknown"

CONTRACT PRICE: $12,402

SISTER VESSELS: None

DESIGN: Wood-white oak; copper & locust fastenings; 2 masts; iron hoop daymark at main masthead

LENGTH: 98' 0" (lbp)

BEAM: 250" DRAFT: 96"

TONNAGE:210 gross

PROPULSION: Sail-schooner rig; fore and main carried on spencer masts

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Single lantern on main with 8 oil lamps & reflectors

FOG SIGNAL: Hand operated bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS: 

1849: Said to have been named GENERAL TAYLOR when launched-
1867: Rebuilt -$16,500-
1882: Rebuilt and resalted - $22,000-
1893: Recaulked, recoppered, stem repaired

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

1849-1875: Pollock Rip (MA)
1875-1876:Winter Quarter Shoal (VA)
1877-1907: Hen and Chickens (MA)
1907-1910: Relief (4th District)
1910-1921: Relief (5th District)

(Prior to 1867/68 when No. 2 was assigned, official records identify this vessel as "Pollock Rip" or "the Pollock Rip")


HISTORICAL NOTES: 

While on Pollock Rip, broke adrift 1868 & 1873; carried off station by ice 1871 & 1874; rammed during 1867 & 1873-
1875: Sep, transferred to 4th District-
1875: Nov placed on Winter Quarter Shoal (VA)-
1877: Transferred to 2d District; placed on Hen and Chickens (MA) Nov 1-
1881: Reported to be "in bad order and worn out"-
1883: Repainted black-
1897: Vessel's liberty boat and 2 crewmen lost at sea while attempting passage from New Bedford to the lightship-
1889:Broke adrift in gale and carried to sea. Worked into Narragansett Bay and anchored 9 days later. Picked up and towed to station by AZALEA-
1905: Carried off station by ice-
1905: Appropriation bill for $90,000 introduced in Congress for replacement vessel-
1907:Withdrawn from Hen & Chickens and transferred to 4th District as Relief, based at Edgemoor, DE-
1910: Transferred to 5th District as Relief

More notes: 

1915 Feb 17, while relieving Bush Bluff, struck by tug EMMA KATE ROSS

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1922
AGE: 73

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: 

Sold Mar 1, 1922 for $76


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 2

1849-1852: Samuel D Clifford, Master
1879-1887: George W Thompson, Asst Keeper
1892- 1893: Albert W Matthews, Asst Keeper
1893-1894: Albert W Matthews, Mate
1894-- 1901: Albert W Matthews, Master
1905-1906: James B Frizzel, Mate
1915-1916: A.T. Loss, Mate
1918: George W. Hamilton, Mate


A photo of LV-2, circa 1895

"HEN AND CHICKENS LIGHT-VESSEL, NO. 2, MASS."  Scanned from the 1901 Light List, Plate XI.  Photographer unknown, no date listed (circa 1900).

Office of the Lighthouse Board. List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. Corrected to June 30, 1901. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1901. 


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