U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 32


YEAR BUILT: 1862/63

BUILT AT: Baltimore (MD)

BUILDER: J.A. Robb

APPROPRIATION: Jun 24,1862

CONTRACT PRICE: $27,703 including "add-ons" (Special authorization, Secretary of Treasury for a Frying Pan Shoal Lightship)

SISTER VESSELS: None

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

LENGTH: 100' (lbp); BEAM: 24'; DRAFT: lO'6"; TONNAGE: ?; PROPULSION: Sail

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 2 lanterns, each with 8 lard oil lamps

FOG SIGNAL: Hand operated bell and horn


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

1863: Feb 18, turned over to Lighthouse Board-
1867: Frequent problems with leaking - docked and repaired twice-
1869: Sails repaired and vessel painted-
1873: Repaired after collision-
1877: Extensive repairs-
1880: Recaulked-
1883: Repairs for hurricane damage

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

1863-1864: Frying Pan Shoal (NC)
1864-1871: Martins Industry (SC)
1871-1877: Relief (SC)
1877-1883: Frying Pan Shoal (NC)
1883-1886: Relief (SC)
1886-1889: Rattlesnake Shoal (SC)
1889-1890: Relief (SC)
(Prior to 1867 when No. 32 was assigned, official records identify this vessel as "Frying Pan" and later as "Martins Industry")


HISTORICAL NOTES:

1863: Jul 4, placed on Frying Pan Shoal but, in accordance with instructions from "naval authorities", no lights were shown initially-
1864: Driven off station by storm; put in to Port Royal (SC)-
1864: Aug 18, placed on Martins Industry (SC)-
1873: May 6, while relieving Frying Pan Shoal, damaged in collision with Norwegian bark MIMI-
1877: Dec 4, placed on Frying Pan Shoal (SC)-
1883: Sep 10, parted chain and driven off station in hurricane; brought into Charleston for repair; completed in October; reverted to Relief status-
1886: Jul 26, placed on Rattlesnake Shoal (SC)-
1886: Annual report stated that wooden lightships were unsuitable for use in (6th) District due to "insidious" action of Teredo Navalis and proposed that iron vessels be gradually substituted.-
1889: Dec 16, removed from station due to extensive leaking from shipworm damage; later "virtually sank into the mud" while docked at Charleston

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1889; AGE: 26

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: 

Jun 30, 1890, sold at public auction, Charleston (SC) - $850.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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