U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 107/WAL 529


YEAR BUILT: 1923

BUILT AT: Bath (ME)

APPROPRIATION: '?

BUILDER: Bath Iron Works

CONTRACT PRICE: $200,000

SISTER VESSELS: LV 106,108,109,110,111

DESIGN: Steam screw; steel hull, steel pilot house and deck houses, 2 masts with lantern galleries; smokestack amidships

LENGTH: 132'4" (loa); BEAM: 30'0"; DRAFT: 14'7"; TONNAGE: 775 displ

PROPULSION: Steam - compound reciprocating engine, 400 IHP; 2 oil fired Scotch marine boilers, 120 psi; 4 bladed propeller; max speed 9 knots

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 375mm electric lens lantern at each masthead

FOG SIGNAL: 12" steam chime whistle, submarine bell, hand operated bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:
Delivered Feb 2, 1924-
Equipped with radio and radiobeacon when built-
1933: Fog signal changed to steam diaphragm horn (Leslie 17" Typhon)-
194?: Repowered with GM 400HP diesel, 4'9"dI.a propeller, max speed 7.5 knots-
1955: Fitted with TRSCăl radar, duplex 375mm lens lantern on foremast-
1959: USCG lists vessel with F2T air diaphone; other characteristics as above-
Radio and visual call sign NMGV (1940-1965)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS: 
1924-1933: Cape Lookout Shoals (NC)
1934-1942: Winter Quarter Shoal (VA)
1942-1945: Examination Vessel, WWII
1945-1960: Winter Quarter Shoal (VA)
1960-1965: Delaware (DE)
1965-1968: Relief Third District (based at Cape May NJ)

(Cape Lookout station discontinued 1933)
(1942-1945 during WWII, withdrawn from Winter Quarter, assigned to 5th District
stationed at Portsmouth (VA) and used as examination vessel; no armament)


HISTORICAL NOTES: 
1927: Mar 2, parted chain and off station in severe NW storm; regained station next day when weather moderated-
1928: Sep 18, in hurricane force winds, parted chain and unable to make headway under power; steamed inshore and anchored until weather improved; regained station Sep 20-
1930: Sep 12, during hurricane, plating buckled on starboard bow; deck stanchions bent; dragged 1 1/2 mi north of station-
1936: Sep 17/18, in track of hurricane, barometer 28.80, dragged off station; ship's side near starboard cargo port stove in by heavy seas; radio disabled due to water damage; generators and storage batteries broke loose from mountings; motor boat demolished by boarding seas; regained station Sep 19

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1968; AGE: 45

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Decommissioned Apr 15, 1968; transferred to Hampton (VA) Nov 21, 1968 as museum. Hulk said to have been seen at Hampton 1980. Reported in 1984 to be at North American Metals, shipbreakers yard at Bordentown New Jersey.  As of 2004, she serves as a marina office and bar and grill at the Liberty Landing Marina, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey. Although she is maintained, she has been altered to suit the marina's needs. 


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 107 / WAL 529
1924-1925:   Arthur M Hudson, Master
1925-?:         Charles F Tull, Mate
1929-?:         Barnette, Master
1938-?:         Samuel F Dowdy, Mate
?-1946:         WO J.B. Reynolds, CO
1946-1949:   WO P.R. Tittermary, CO
1949-1949:   WO H.T. Peele, CO
1949-1951:   WO W.E. Dinterman, CO
1951-1954:   CWO J.W. Berry, CO
1954-1958    CWO E.W. Thomas, CO
1958-1959:   CWO Dewey H. Scarborough, Jr., CO
1959-1962:   CWO M N Joynes, CO
1962-1964:   CWO William L. Taylor, CO
1964-1965:   WO Louis R. Stowe, CO
1965-1966:   WO James O. Deardoff, CO
1966-1967:   WO Paul Drumgoole, CO
1967-1968:   WO Gary Day, CO


PHOTOGRAPHS:

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