U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 111 / WAL 533

Photos of a newspaper article and photo of the Light Vessel 111

"Ambrose Captain Says He Rammed Line to Save Ship."; September 1935; no photo number; photographer unknown.  New York Times photo.

Provided courtesy of the USCG Lightship Sailors Association.


YEAR BUILT: 1926

BUILT AT: Bath (ME)

BUILDER: Bath Iron Works

APPROPRIATION: None (see Const. Notes)

CONTRACT PRICE: $219, 883

SISTER VESSELS: LV 106,107,108, 109, 110

DESIGN: Diesel propelled; steel hull; steel pilot house and deck houses; 2 masts with lantern galleries; stack amidships

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

PROPULSION: Diesel -- 8 cylinder full-diesel, direct reversing, 450 IHP; 4 bladed propeller; max speed 9 knots

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 375mm electric lens lantern with 250 watt lamp at each masthead; each rated at 15,000 cp

FOG SIGNAL: 6" air siren with 4-way multiple horns, submarine bell, hand operated bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS -. EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:
First U.S. lightship built with full-diesel propulsion; completed Dec 20, 1926- Construction cost paid by Standard Oil as reparation for sinking of LV 51, 1919-
1926: Equipped with radio when built-
1932: Equipped with radiobeacon-
1934: Fog signal changed to air diaphragm horn (17" Leslie typhori)-
1945: Fitted with detection radar-
1963: USCG lists draft at i5'4", tonnage 797, max speed 7 knots; CR-los radar; other characteristics as above-
Radio and visual call sign NMGY (1940-1963)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:
1927-1932: Northeast End (NJ)
1932-1952: Ambrose Channel (NY)
1952-1969: Portland (ME)

(Northeast End station discontinued Aug 31, 1932)
(1942-1945 During WWII remained on Ambrose station; no armament provided)


HISTORICAL NOTES:
1927 January 6: placed on Northeast End (NJ), replacing Relief LV 79; remained assigned until station discontinued Aug 31, 1932-Thereafter served as shown under Station Assignments
1935 September 17: collided bow-to-bow with the liner SS Santa Barbara, sustained damage above the waterline (see photo section below).

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1969; AGE: 43

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: 
Decommissioned and transferred to USN Jul 11, 1969: sold to private owner, being displayed at Baltimore Harbor Place 1972-1979; later at Ocean City MD; then at Toms River NJ. Later sold for scrap and was in 1984 at North American Metals, a ship-breakers yard at Bordentown NJ. Still there 1988. [This is according to lightship historian and authority Willard Flint.]

[NOTE: There is a memo in her file, dated 11 September 1969, from a CDR Corson, inviting RADM Ellis, District Commander, to a ceremony on board the "former Coast Guard lightship" prior to her sailing to Montevideo, Uruguay.  A hand-written letter, also in the file, noted: "the Coast Guard intends to transfer Coast Guard Lightship WLV-533 (PORTLAND) to the U.S. Department of the Navy on a reimbursable basis [$7,500] for ultimate sale to the Government of Uruguay, on 11 July 1969 at the U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, Massachusetts."  According to other documentation, the WLV-533 was accepted by the Navy at 1430 on 11 July 1969 and the lightship was then transferred to LCDR Carlos Marx Olivera Axor, Uruguayan Navy, at 1900 on 11 July 1969 at the Boston Navy Ship Yard.]


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 111 / WAL 533
?-?: Carl Frisch, Master
1927-?: Oswald Olsen, Mate
1932-1937: Gustave A Lange, Master
1937-?: Kolb Skari, Master

1947-1950: R. S. Logan (T) (R), Ch. Bos'n. (Civ.)
1950-1951: L. K. Rubinsky, BOSN
1951: W. E. Dinterman, BOSN
1951-?: R. V. Wood, BOSN
1952: T. P. Callahan, BOSN
1952: E. L. Masters, BOSN
??: T. P. Callahan, BOSN
1953: Phillip M. York, BMC
1953-1954: Lorenzo D. Wear, BOSN
1954-1955: Philip M. York, BMC
1955: K. E. Gruenewald, BOSN
??: M. S. Wilson, CHBOSN
1957-1959: Eldred Bolinger, BOSN-1
1959-1960: Walter A. Lewis, BOSN-1
1960: Richard J. Zwally, CHBOSN
??: Paul Harp, CHBOSN
1963 (?): BMC Joseph Gelinas
1964-1966: E. F. Magee, BOSN
1966-??: Otello (n) Agostini, BOSN W-1


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