U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 31


YEAR BUILT: 1858

BUILT AT: Richmond (VA)?

APPROPRIATION: None

BUILDER: ?

CONTRACT PRICE: ?

SISTER VESSELS: none

DESIGN: Iron hull, built as steam tug JAMES GRAY; later converted to Confederate gunboat LADY DAVIS; later acquired by U. S., engines removed and converted for lightship service

LENGTH: 111' (loa); BEAM: 256"; DRAFT: 7'; TONNAGE: 250 gross/with engines

PROPULSION: Steam (propulsion machinery removed prior to use as lightship)

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Single lantern with 8 lard oil lamps

FOG SIGNAL: Hand operated bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

1863: "Equipped as a lightship using materials collected from Charleston and Port Royal"; supplied with 8 tons of old shells for ballast-
1867: Sep, hauled, "bottom very thin and unsafe" due to corrosion-
1868: Original deck "being too old to admit of caulking" was sheathed over with new planking; leaking around stern tube for former propeller shaft

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

1865-1871: Wreck of Weehawken (SC)
(Prior to 1867 when No. 31 was assigned, official records identify this vessel as "Weehawken" and "the Weehawken")


HISTORICAL NOTES: 

1858: Built as steam tug JAMES GRAY, operating at Richmond (VA)-
1860/61: Converted to Confederate gunboat LADY DAVIS; moved to Charleston (SC)-
1862/63: Engines removed and installed in Confederate ram PALMETTO STATE; vessel then sold to "private parties". After Federal troops re-occupied Charleston, vessel was acquired and converted to lightship service in 1863-
1865: May 17, placed on Wreck of Weehawken, Charleston Harbor (SC)- 
1871: Withdrawn and later sold

More notes:


RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1871; AGE: 13


SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: 

1871 Aug, sold at Charleston (SC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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