U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


 

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 61


YEAR BUILT: 1893

BUILT AT: Toledo (OH)

BUILDER: Craig Shipbuilding Co

APPROPRIATION: $60,000 (Approp. for Eleven Foot Shoal MI plus "one or more other lightships)

CONTRACT PRICE: $13,990 ($41,970 for LV 60,61,62)

SISTER VESSELS: LV 59,60,62

DESIGN: Wood framed & planked, white oak fastened with iron bolts arid spikes; foremast with spencer, short after mast; stack amidships; fog signal ahead of stack; single large deckhouse; daymark on foremast

LENGTH: 87'2" (loa); BEAM: 21'6"; DRAFT: 80"; TONNAGE: 160 displ (fresh water)

PROPULSION: None- riding sail carried on short after mast

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Cluster of 3 oil burning lens lanterns hoisted to fore mast head

FOG SIGNAL: 6" steam whistle; hand operated 800-lb brass bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

Although essentially identical, LV 60,61 and 62 were built under a single contract with LV 59 built under a separate contract-
1910 Equipped with submarine bell signal

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

1893-1920: Lake Huron (MI) (locally called Northwest Shoal)
1921: Relief (condemned and laid up)


HISTORICAL NOTES:

1893: Sep 25, placed on Lake Huron (MI), at foot of Lake Huron marking shoal spot of 11 feet north and westward of Northwest Shoal. Vessels passed to the west and close aboard the lightship. Straw color hull with black letters LAKE HURON; black daymark at both mastheads; single FW light shown on foremast; fog signal, 2 sec blast, 10 sec silent-

Typical of Great Lakes lightships, vessel was withdrawn from station during the period the Lakes were closed to navigation, usually early Dec through Mar/Apr each year. Necessary repairs were performed while in winter quarters. This vessel wintered each year at Detroit Lighthouse Depot-

1896: Jun, a red 35 ft spar buoy was placed west of the lightship "to more definitely fix the limits of the dredged channel"-

1901: May 19-Jul 3, relieved Poe Reef LV 62, which was under repair when navigation opened, then resumed her own station (which apparently remained unmarked during the period)-

1913: Aug, Master and engineer launched boat and rescued a man and woman in a rowboat in danger of foundering near the lightship-
Remained assigned to the Lake Huron station during 1920, then condemned and laid up

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1920 AGE: 27

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION:

Condemned and laid up 1920; sold at public auction at 11th District HQ Aug 8, 1921


COMMANDING OFFICERS:

1893-1903: Charles Calnow, Master
1903-1915: James M Jones, Master
1915-1920: Frank Leimbach, Master
1914-1915: R H Mosier, Mate
1915-1916: Ernest LeBahn, Mate
1916-1920: John A Penehan, Mate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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