U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service



A photo of the LV-47

"POLLOCK RIP LIGHT-VESSEL, NO. 47, MASS."  Scanned from the 1901 Light List, Plate VII.  Photo by N. L. Stebbins, 1895.

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. 


BUILT AT: South Boston (MA)

BUILDER: Harrison & Loring

APPROPRIATION: $60,000 (Approp. approved Mar 2, 1889)



DESIGN: Composite- Framed in steel angle; planked w/Georgia pine sheathed with white oak; fastened w/steel rivets & galv. iron bolts; 2 masts w/ daymarks; stack ahead of mainmast; 2 boilers; steam pumps and steam windlass

LENGTH: 120' 10" (loa); BEAM: 266"; DRAFT: 11'5" ;TONNAGE: 470 displ.

PROPULSION: Sail- schooner rig, fore and man carried on spencer masts

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 2 lanterns, each having 8 oil lamps with reflectors

FOG SIGNAL: 12" steam bell whistle; hand operated 1000-lb bell


LV 47,48 & 49 were first to be equipped with steam windlass when built
1901: Mooring overhauled, one of 3 anchors found to have both flukes sheared off
1909: Extensive repairs after being dismasted and damaged by collision Dec 1
1910: Equipped with submarine bell signal
1912: Fog signal changed to 12" chime whistle
1919: Equipped with radio; discontinued 1924
1924: Illuminant changed from oil to acetylene


1891-1892: Great Round Shoal (MA)
1892-1923: Pollock Rip (MA)
1923: Cross Rip (MA)
1924-1934: Stonehorse Shoal (MA)

(1891 - temporarily marked Pollock Rip briefly while LV 42 under repair)
(1897: Aug 18, Pollock Rip position moved 1/2 mi ESE)
(1923: Jul 30-Dec 22: stationed on Cross Rip)
(1924: Jan 28: placed on Stonehorse Shoal)


1891: May 10, temporarily placed on Pollock Rip since no relief vessel available
1891:Jul 28, placed on Great Round Shoal
1891: Fog signal used 856 hours during year, using 65 tons of coal
1892: Struck by schooners Oct 1 and 22
1892: Nov 1, Replaced by LV 42 and transferred to Pollock Rip same day
1895: Broke adrift twice in Nov; in collision Nov 3
1896: Jan 1-Feb 18, relieved for repair by Relief LV 39
1899 Sep 6, in collision; Oct 12-16, broke adrift and anchored off Great Point; Dec 16, broke adrift and anchored off Handkerchief lightship.
1897: In collision with schooners Apr 2 and Apr 30
1890: Jul 23, struck by scow under tow
1898: Nov 27, broke adrift, striking on Stone Horse shoal; drifted south being picked up by steamer on Nov ~0 and towed into Delaware Bay, towed back Dec 13
1899: Jan 10, in collision with barge
1899: Nov 23, fouled chain and dragged; Dec 5, rammed by steamer, with impact shattering all lamp chimneys and knocking down crew on deck
1900: Feb 4 and May 15, in collision with coal barges
1900: Jun 12-Jul 31, relieved for repair- of collision damage

More notes: 

1901: Apr 6, in collision with 2 barges of 3ăbarge tow; stem damaged
1901: Nov 15, in collision with schooner slight damage
1902: Dec 5, parted chain, made sai1 and anchored SSE of Handkerchief lightship
1903: Apr 15, dragged NE but worked back on station unassisted
1904: Jan 3, parted chain & anchored SSW of station; repositioned by Azalea
1904: Jul 17, heavily damaged by collision with barges; towed to New Bedford
1906: Involved in collisions Feb 26,Aug ~, Nov 6, and Nov 7
1909: Dec 1, damaged, dismasted and dragged off station by collision with four-masted schooner KATHERINE PERRY. Withdrawn from station Dec 3 for repair
1914:Mar 27, in collision with barge under tow
1915: Jan 14, blown off station in gale; returned unassisted next day
1915: Jun 8, picked up 6 men lost in dense fog for 3 days from fishing schooner WASHAKIE. (More men from same schooner also picked up by Pollock Rip Slue LV 73)



Experimental use as whaling ship in 1937 was a failure; later used as coastal freighter and abandoned at New York 1954.


1891-1893: Joseph Allen Jr, Master
1893-1894: James Jorgensen, Master
1894-1901: Judah Berry Jr, Master
1904-1905: Theodore B Brown, Mate
1905-1906: Zemira C McDonald, Mate
1906-?: Richard E B Phillips, Mate
?-1913: Joseph F Baxter, Master
1913-1914: Ernest West, Master
?-1914: Josiah P Hatch, Mate
1914-1919: Josiah P Hatch, Master
1914-1915: William C Collins, Mate
1919: James B Doane, Mate
1919-1927: Seth N Baker, Master
1927: Charles K Tobin, Mate
1927-1934: Joseph F Baxter, Master
1927: Stephen Black, Mate
1927: George Braithwaite, Mate
1927-?: Arthur P Wade, Mate

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