U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 113/WAL 535


YEAR BUILT: 1929

BUILT AT: Portland (OR)

APPROPRIATION: ?

BUILDER; Albina Marine Works

CONTRACT PRICE: $228,121

SISTER VESSELS: LV 100, 114, 115, 116, 117

DESIGN: Diesel-electric propelled; steel hull, steel deckhouses; 2 masts with lantern galleries; smokestack amidships

LENGTH: 133' 3" (loa); BEAM: 30' 0"; DRAFT: 13' 3'; TONNAGE: 630 disp

PROPULSION: Diesel-electric - one 350 HP electric motor driven by any or all of four 75 KW Diesel engine/generator units; 350 SHP @ 350 RPM; max speed 10 knots, average 9 knots

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 375mm electric lens lantern at each masthead, 15,000cp

FOG SIGNAL: Air diaphone using 4-way multiple horn; hand operated bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:
1929: Launched Jul 1, equipped with radio and radiobeacon when fitted out-
1935: Fog signal synchronized with radiobeacon for distance finding-
1945: Fitted with detection radar-
Radio and visual call sign NMJA (1940-1968)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:
1930-1942: Swiftsure Bank (WA)
1942-1945: Examination Vessel, WWII
1945-1961: Swiftsure Bank (WA)
1961: Umatilla Reef (WA)
1961-1968: Relief (WA)

(1942-1945: during WWII, withdrawn from Swiftsure station and assigned to ALASKASEAFRON as examination vessel stationed at Ketchikan (AK); armed with one 1-pounder. Classed as a "YN" - net tender, during this period)


HISTORICAL NOTES:
1930: Jul 13, assisted disabled purse seiner TIGER by repairing and replacing broken clutch

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1968; AGE: 38

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Decommissioned Oct 1, 1968: donated to Sea Scouts; returned to USCG; later sold for scrap. 1982 sunk at shipyard in Willainette River, Portland OR. Raised, sold, and used at Newport OP as floating restaurant 1983-1987.
Sold 1988, sank on  Jun 16 in 590 feet while being towed to Ketchikan AK.


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 113 / WAL 535

1930-?: Eric Lindman, Master

1959: CWO2 Ray Johnson, CO; Joseph Suvano XO (1958-1960)
1961-1963: CWO Herman Schmidt, CO
1964-1965 (?): CWO Chitwood, CO
CWO-4 (ENG) Stanley Bibby

1967-1968: CWO2 (BOSN) William Herrell, CO  (CWO William Herrell's tenure was from August 1967 through her decommissioning in October of 1968; he retired as a LCDR).

 


 

 

 

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