U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 33


YEAR BUILT: 1857

BUILT AT: Philadelphia Navy Yard

BUILDER: same

APPROPRIATION: ?

CONTRACT PRICE: ? ("probably paid from appropriation for Cornfield Point light-vessel")

SISTER VESSELS: None

DESIGN: Wood - white oak framed and planked, yellow pine deck -' masts; 2 red hoop-iron daymarks "covered with canvas & triced up during day" "painted red with RELIEF in white letters" 4640-lb mushroom anchor & 2 lighter spares

LENGTH: 81' 6"; BEAM: 22'; DRAFT: 8' 8", TONNAGE: " about 260", also listed at 150

PROPULSION: Sail.- schooner rig

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 2 lanterns each with 8 oil lamps & 12" reflectors

FOG SIGNAL: Hand operated 1000-lb bell and horn


CONSTRUCT ION NOTES, MODIFICATIONS, EQUIPMENT CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS:

1861: Dec, repaired at New Bedford (MA)-
1868: "Thoroughly overhauled"-
1869: "Thoroughly repaired" before moving to Tybee Island Knoll station-
1872: "General condition is very bad'; (no repairs having been made since 1869); "not worth repairs"

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

1857-1861: Relief (2d District)
1862-1864: Martins Industry (SC)
1864-1868: Relief (6th District)
1868-1869: Fishing Rip (SC)
1869-1872: Tybee Island Knoll (GA)
(Fishing Rip station discontinued 1869)
(Prior to 1867 when No. 33 was assigned official records identify this vessel as "the Relief", and later as "Martins Industry")


HISTORICAL NOTES: 

1857: Jan 27, delivered to New Bedford (MA); "Relief vessel for the District"-
1861: Dec, moved to Port Royal (SC)-
1862: Placed on Martins Industry (SC) "to facilitate Naval movements at Port Royal" in place of former light vessel "destroyed by insurgents"-
1864: Aug 17, withdrawn and assigned as Relief (6th District)-
1868: May 21, Placed on Fishing Rip (SC) (replacing LV 34)-
1869: Withdrawn, when Fishing Rip station discontinued, then placed on Tybee Island Knoll (GA)-
1872: Sep 6, withdrawn (relieved by LV 21 which remained until station was discontinued); LV 33 reported to be "unfit for repairs" and was sold 1873

More notes:


RETIRED PROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1872; AGE: 15

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Sold at public auction, Charleston (SC), 1873

 

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