U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 25


YEAR BUILT: 1827

BUILT AT: Chesapeake Bay

APPROPRIATION: ?

BUILDER: ?

CONTRACT PRICE: ?

SISTER VESSELS: None

DESIGN: Wood - white oak & locust; copper & iron fastened; 2 masts

LENGTH: 61' (lbp), BEAM: 16', DRAFT: 6'6", TONNAGE: 41 (72.5 "old measure")

PROPULSION: Sail- schooner rig

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Single lantern, oil lamp with 11 cylindrical wicks(1845)

FOG SIGNAL: Hand operated bell and horn


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

1845: Rebuilt, Alexandria (VA)-
1853: Jun, "thoroughly repaired" in Baltimore-
1866: Reported leaking-
1869: Extensive repairs

STATION ASSIGNMENTS: 

1827-1867: Hooper Straight (MD)
1867-1870: Relief (VA)
1870-1871: Choptank River entrance (MD)
1872-1877: Eel Grass Shoal (CT)
1877-1884: Relief (CT)
(1867: Hooper Straight station discontinued Sep 14, 1867 )
(1867-l868: While in Relief status, temporarily marked Deepwater Shoal (VA) during lighthouse rebuilding)
(1870-1871: "placed at entrance to Choptank River" while lighthouse being built)
(1883: While in Relief status, placed near Robbins Reef off Bayonne, NJ in New York Harbor during lighthouse reconstruction)
(Deepwater Shoal (VA), Choptank River (MD), and Robbins Reef (NY) are not listed in official records as lightship stations maintained by the U S)
(Prior to 1867 when No.25 was assigned, official records identify this vessel as "Hoopers" or "Hoopers Straight")


HISTORICAL NOTES:

Only fragmentary data 1827-1845-
1845: "Serving at Hooper Straight" (MD)-
1862: Records note that "all the light vessels from Cape Henry southward including the two in Potomac River and those in Chesapeake Bay (excluding Hoopers Straight and Janes Island) have been removed and sunk or destroyed by the insurgents"-
1867: Sep, withdrawn from Hoopers Straight, station discontinued-
1867: Nov-Jan 1868, temporary duty at Deepwater Shoal (VA) while lighthouse being rebuilt; retained Relief status-
1870: Jan, placed at entrance to Choptank River during lighthouse construction-
1872: Jun, towed to NY by steamer NETTLE; Jul, placed on Eel Grass Shoal (CT)-
1874: Slightly damaged in collision-
1877: Withdrawn, considered "small and not suited for service in this District" and "too old for rebuilding"; assigned Relief duty at New London (CT)-
1883: Placed near Robbins Reef (NY Harbor) while lighthouse being built-
1883: Upon return to New London, recommended to be "stripped and sold"; thereafter laid up

More notes:

RETIRED PROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1885 AGE: 58

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION:-

1885: Jan 1, Sold at public auction, New London (CT) - $101.02

 

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