U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: WLV 605


YEAR BUILT: 1950

BUILT AT: East Boothbay (ME)

BUILDER: Rice Brothers

APPROPRIATION: ?

CONTRACT PRICE: $651,000

SISTER VESSELS: WLV 604

DESIGN: Diesel propelled; steel hull and deckhouses: breakwater on foredeck; 2 masts; stack amidships

LENGTH: 158' 0" (loa); BEAM: 30' 0"; DRAFT: 11 '0"; TONNAGE: 617 displ. ("light")

PROPULSION: Diesel - Atlas Imperial 550HP @ 750rpm; 7' dia. propeller: max speed 10.7 knots

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Dunlex 500mm electric lens lantern on foremast only;
15, 000cp each light

FOG SIGNAL: Twin F2T diaphones mounted aft of pilot house


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS -- EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:
-
Same general plan and features as for WLV 180-
-Used all-welded construction with transverse bulkheads carried up to weather deck level; hawsepipes carried to main deck before leading to chain locker; alternating current electrical system throughout-
-Laid down 1949 Mar 1, involved in fire when 65% complete; launched 1950 May 4, sponsor Miss Elizbeth F Loughlin, Washington DC: -Sea trials- 1951 Feb 7; delivered 1951 Feb 15.-
-Designated WAL 605 when built, changed to WLV in 1965-
-1964 USCG lists vessel with CG high intensity 500,000cp light on mainmast, duplex 375mm lens- lantern on fore, 13, 000cp each light; CR-103 radar Radio and visual call sign NKVY (1951 1975)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:
1951-1960: Overfalls (DE)
1960-1969: Blunts Reef' (CA)
1969-1975: Relief (West Coast)

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1975; AGE: 25

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Decommissioned Jan 1, 1976; acquired by State Capital Museum Association Olympia WA 1978; sold 1979 to Alan Hoskins and used for tours at Half Noon Bay (CA). Acquired by US Lighthouse Society San Francisco, Dec 1988. Berthed San Francisco Bay area, on display as floating museum

COMMANDING OFFICERS: WLV 605
1956: CWO L. R. Smith, CO
1957: CWO McDonald, CO
CWO1 R. P. McMullen
LTJG Erickson, CO (on transit from the east coast to the west coast)

CREWMEN ON TRANSIT FROM EAST COAST TO WEST COAST
     Pickens, Herbert C., BMC
     Squires, Acey BM1
     Lushinsky, John BM1
     Davidson, Richard EN1
     Gebbart, EN1
     Moeller, Richard RM2
     Berrick, Robert, EM3
     Meixner, Carl E., EM3
     Smith, EM3
     Weinberg, Steve ET3
     Lewczak, FN-EN
     Hutchinson, George FN
     Ryan, Lawrence FN
     Hatch, SN
     Pandolf, SN
     King, SN
     Wilky, SN

1966-1967: Eugene Ostlund, CO

1969-1972: Edward Hall, CO



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