U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 60


YEAR BUILT: 1893

BUILT AT: Toledo (OH)

BUILDER: Craig Shipbuilding Co

APPROPRIATION: $60,000 (Approp. for Eleven Foot Shoal MI, plus "one or more" other lightships)

CONTRACT PRICE: $13,990 ($41970 LV 60,61,62)

SISTER VESSELS: LV 59,61,62

DESIGN: Wood framed & planked, white oak fastened with iron bolts and spikes foremast with spencer, short after mast; stack amidships; fog signal ahead of stack; single large deckhouse; daymark on foremast

LENGTH: 87'2" (loa); BEAM: 216"; DRAFT: 80"; TONNAGE: 160 displ (fresh water)

PROPULSION: None-riding sail carried on short after mast

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Cluster of 3 oil burning lens lanterns hoisted to fore masthead

FOG SIGNAL: 6" steam whistle; hand operated 800-lb brass bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

-Although essentially identical, LV 60,61, and 62 were built under a single
contract with LV 59 built by separate contract
-1906: Equipped with submarine bell signal
-1917: Fog whistle changed to 10 inch

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

1893-1925: Eleven Foot Shoal (MI)


HISTORICAL NOTES:

1893: Oct 6, placed on Eleven Foot Shoal (Ml), northern end of Green Bay, Lake Michigan to mark turn for entering Little Bay de Noquette. Showed single FW light 40 feet above water, visible 13 mi; black hull with white lettering; fog signal 5 sec blast, silent 10 sec
1893: Dec 6, withdrawn for winter to Escanaba (MI)
Typical of Great Lakes lightships, vessel was withdrawn from station during the period that Lakes were closed to navigation usually early Dec through Mar/Apr each year. Necessary repairs were performed in winter quarters; this vessel wintered at Escanaba each year except 1904 at Sturgeon Bay (WI)
1894: Lost mooring in fall due to faulty shackle pin and went adrift; repositioned on station by tender DAHLIA
1897: Interior layout modified; coal bunkers expanded
1900: Rotten deck planking replaced
1901: New deck laid both sides of deckhouse
1902: Appropriation of $30,000 requested for a relief lightship to serve 9th and 11th Districts
1904: Wintered at Sturgeon Bay (WI), hauled for extensive repairs
Remained assigned to Eleven Foot Shoal during 1925 navigation season

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1926; AGE: 33

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: 

Sold Jan 15, 1926; said to have been used later as floating clubhouse at. Chicago IL


COMMANDING OFFICERS:

1893-1913: Loren Kristiansen, Master
1912-1916: William Christensen, Mate
1913-1918: Thomas D Quinlan, Master
1916-1917: John Barrand, Mate
1917-1918: Joseph L Wagner Mate
1918: Robert McDonald, Mate (temp)
1918: Albert M Green, Mate
1918-1919: Adolph Berry, Mate
1919-1925: Conrad A Stram, Master
1919-1924: Alfred Hansen, Mate
1924-1925: Henry Osby, Mate
1925: Julius Meyer, Mate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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