U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 49

A photo of the LV 49, circa 1895

"CAPE CHARLES LIGHT-VESSEL, NO. 49, VA."  Scanned from the 1901 Light List, Plate XXIII.  Photographer unknown, no date listed (circa 1900).

Office of the Lighthouse Board. List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. Corrected to June 30, 1901. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1901. 


YEAR BUILT: 1891

BUILT AT: South Boston (MA)

BUILDER: Harrison & Loring

APPROPRIATION: $60,000
(Approp. originally for Bush Bluff lightship)

CONTRACT PRICE: $57,900

SISTER VESSELS: LV 47,48,50

DESIGN: Composite framed with steel angle; Georgia pine planking sheathed with white oak; fastened w/steel rivets and galv. iron bolts; 2 masts with daymarks; stack ahead of mainmast 2 aux. boilers 6'6"dia x 7':3"lg; steam pumps & windlass

LENGTH: 120'l0"(loa); BEAM: 269"; DRAFT: 140"; TONNAGE: 470 displ

PROPULSION: Sail-schooner rig; fore and main carried on spencer masts

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 2 lanterns, each with 8 oil lamps

FOG SIGNAL: 12" steam chime whistle; hand operated 1000 lb bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS: LV 49
-1893: Jun 7-Jul 5, hauled, bottom repaired; topsides and deck recaulked
-1895: Oct, steam receivers on both boilers replaced on station
-1896: Oct 13-Nov 11, repairs for storm damage
-1898: Apr 29-May 5, storm damage repairs
-1899: Apr 15-Jul 1, major overhaul and refit at Baltimore
-1901: Aug 6-Sep 4, refastened and machinery repaired at Baltimore
-1903: Jul 22-Sep 6, routine repairs at Baltimore
-1905: May 1-Jul 15, repaired
-1910: Equipped with submarine bell signal
-1918: Illuminant changed from oil to acetylene; fog signal changed to air siren
-1919: Equipped with radio; discontinued 1923
-1925: Raised after being rammed and sunk; repaired and returned to service
-1931: Electric lens lanterns installed; 1935 equipped with radio-beacon

STATION ASSIGNMENTS: LV 49
1891-1916: Cape Charles (VA)
1916-1925: Relief (VA)
1925-1930: Hedge Fence (MA)
1930-1933: Relief (MA)
1933-1934: Hen and Chickens (MA)
1934-1941: Relief (MA)

(1925 Nov 11, rammed and sunk on station; replaced by Relief LV 5 same day, however LV 49 remained assigned to Hedge Fence until raised, repaired, and returned to service)


HISTORICAL NOTES: LV 49
-1891: Jun 11, delivered by contractor to Portsmouth (VA)
-1891: Jun 25, placed on Cape Charles (VA)
-1893: Jun 7-Jul 5, relieved (by LV 46) for repair
-1894: Sept 27, parted both chains and lost both anchors in gale; sailed into Hampton Roads and resumed station Oct 14
-1896: Oct 11, parted chain, drifting 16 mi SE of Cape Henry; picked up and towed to Hampton Roads by 055 COLUMBIA; repaired and resumed station Nov 11
-1898: Apr 27, broke adrift in NE gale; worked in and anchored SSE of Cape Henry; again parted chain, drifted and nicked up off Currituck (NC). Towed to Portsmouth, repaired then towed to station May S
-1898: During the year, was passed by 3268 steamers, 10 ships, 45 barks, 8 brigs, 7950 schooners
-1899: Mar broke adrift and made sail but bottom so foul no headway could be made; picked up near Currituck (NC) and towed to Hampton Roads. Towed back to station Mar 17
-1899: Apr 14-Jul 1, towed to Baltimore and underwent major overhaul
-1899: 0ct 31 broke adrift; worked into Hampton Roads under sail; resupplied and returned to station Nov 12

More notes: LV 49
-1901: Aug 5-Sep 4, relieved (by LV 71) for repairs
-1903: Jul 21-Sep 6, relieved for repairs
-1903: Oct 11, broke adrift, picked up at sea by LV 71 and towed to Portsmouth
-1905: May 1-Jul 15, relieved (by LV 7) for repairs
-1906: Aug 15-Sep 26, relieved (by LV 7) for repairs
-1912: Apr 18, In collision with steamer GRAYSON
-1914: Dec 5, broke adrift; towed out of breakers off Cape Henry by ORCHID
-1916: Assigned as Relief (VA) until 1925; then transferred to Sedge Fence (MA)
-1925: Nov 11, rammed and sunk on Hedge Fence station by steamer K C HOLN, crew launched boat and landed at Vineyard Haven; Relief LV 5 placed on station; later raised, repaired and returned to service on Hedge Fence
-1930/31: Assigned as Relief (MA); 1933-34 assigned to Hen & Chickens (NA)
-1934: Assigned as Relief (MA) until 1941, based at Woods Hole (MA)

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1941; AGE:50

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: ?


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 49
1893: William Moody, Keeper
1893-?: William Moody, Master

?-1914: Alexander Anderson, Mate
1914-1915: Gus Montague, Mate
?-1915: A K Thistel, Master
1915-1916: W H Harvey, Mate
1915-1917: C H Pertner, Master
1916-1917: Charles H Lowenhjelm, Mate
1917-1925: Alexander T Loss, Master
1919-1920: Eddie Mason, Mate
1920: James Lupton, Mate
1920: L R Tillett, Mate
1920-1921: Charles E Tull, Mate
1921-1922: George K Rollinson, Mate
1925-1930: J B Frizzell, Master


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