U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 80


YEAR BUILT: 1904

BUILT AT: Camden (NJ)

BUILDER: New York Shipbuilding Co

APPROPRIATION: $90, 000

CONTRACT PRICE: $85,000

SISTER VESSELS: LV 78,79,81,83

DESIGN: Steam screw; steel hull; 2 steel masts with wood spencers; stack amidships; small wheelhouse forward

LENGTH: 129'0" (loa); BEAM: 28'6"; DRAFT: 12'6"; TONNAGE: 668 displ

PROPULSION: Steam - one compound reciprocating engine, 16" and 31" bores x 24" stroke, 350 IHP; 2 boilers 9'3" dia x 16'4" long, 100 psi; propeller 7'9" dia; max speed 10 knots; also rigged for sail initially

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Cluster of 3 oil lens lanterns raised to each masthead

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


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:
-1910: Equipped with submarine bell signal
-1918: Equipped with radio
-1919: Radio-beacon installed
-1922: Illuminant changed from oil to acetylene
-1924: Illuminant changed from acetylene to electricity
-1932: Fog signal changed to steam diaphragm horn (Leslie 17" typhon
-1933: Fog signal changed from steam to air operation

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:
1905-1924: Cape Lookout Shoals (NC)
1924-1927: Cape Charles (VA)
1927-1934: Relief (VA)


HISTORICAL NOTES:
-1904: Dec 1, Delivered to Lazaretto Point Depot, Baltimore, however available funds insufficient to place on station so was laid up until mid-March 1905
-1905: Apr 1, placed on Cape Lookout Shoals (NC), replacing LV 40
-1905: Aug 1-15, relieved (by LV 71) for repair at Baltimore
-1906: Apr 10, parted chain and adrift; steamed to Beaufort (NC), took on coal and resumed station Apr 13; May 1-Jun 1, relieved (by LV 72) for repair; Dec ?-Dec 25, relieved (by LV 71) for repair at Baltimore
-1913: Sep 2/3 during hurricane force winds, unable to raise lanterns due to severe thrashing of hoist wires; hand lanterns rigged and hoisted all night; boarding seas caused substantial damage
-1914: Feb 24, during NNE gale, increasing to hurricane force Feb 26, parted chain; with engine full ahead was impossible to keep head to sea; next morning Master boarded steamer CRETAN & sent radio message requesting new moorings, then steamed close to station and showed lights that night; placed ship on station 0925 Feb 28, having steamed 41 miles in regaining position
-1915: Feb 18, during gale parted chain losing anchor and 150 fathoms chain; with engine full ahead maintained approximate position until wind abated; repositioned on station using spare anchor Feb 20

More notes: LV 80
-1916: Oct 24, blown off station in heavy gale, returning Oct 26 when weather moderated
-1930: Oct 26, took aboard 25 men adrift for 2 days in disabled fishing party boat; later taken ashore by Coast Guard patrol boat

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1934; AGE: 30

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Sold Dec 13, 1934


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 80

1905-1913: Robert Bertram, Master
1905-1913: Randall Scarborough, Mate
1905-1906: Arthur T Vany, Mate
1913-1915: Randall Scarborough, Master
1913-1917: C H Lowenhjelm, Mate
1915-1917: Alexander Andersen, Master
1917: Thomas Simmons, Mate
1917: George C Daniels, Mate
1917: Edwin E Holm, Mate
1917: Thomas Hayman, Mate
1917: Thomas Jacobsen, Mate
1917-?: Thomas Jacobsen, Master
1917-1918: Charley E O'Neal, Mate
1918: John E McCotter, Mate
1918: Charles E Tull, Mate
1918: Luther Muse, Mate
1921-?: Richard J Spencer, Mate

 

 

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