U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 71


YEAR BUILT: 1897

BUILT AT: Bath (ME)

BUILDER: Bath Iron Works Ltd

APPROPRIATION: $80,000
(Approp. Jun 4, 1897 for a "Lt-vessel for Overfalls Shoal, Delaware Bay")

CONTRACT PRICE: $70,700

SISTER VESSELS: LV 68, 69

DESIGN: Steam screw; composite hull (steel frame & topsides, wood bottom); 2 masts with lantern galleries; stack amidships

LENGTH: 122'10" (loa); BEAM: 28'6"; DRAFT: 13'6"; TONNAGE: 590 displ (depth)

PROPULSION: Steam - one single cylinder surface condensing engine, 22" bore x 20" stroke, 350 IHP; one Scotch main boiler l1'3" dia x 12'2" long; 4 bladed propeller 8' dia; design max speed 8 1/2 knots

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Cluster of three 100cp electric lens lanterns mounted in gallery at each masthead

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


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

-Steel stem, keel, bilge and sheer strakes reinforced with diagonal steel braces keel to sheer; wood planked keel to main deck level; steel plated from main deck level to weather deck
-1904: Jan, supplied with wireless telegraph equipment by Navy Dept
-1904: Fitted with special submersible mooring buoy (See LV 69 for earlier use)
-1905: Equipped with 18" searchlight maintained in southeasterly direction at 45 degrees to horizon while on Diamond Shoal station
-1906: Cluster lights replaced with single 375mm electric lens lantern at each masthead
-1908: Converted to electric arc lights
-1910: Converted back to electric incandescent
-1910: Submarine bell signal installed
-1912: Equipped with radio provided by USLHS

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

-1898-1918: Diamond Shoal (NC)
-From 1898-1900, LV 71 and LV 69 alternately relieved each other on Diamond Shoal station.
-From 1900-1918, LV 71 and LV 72 alternately relieved each other on Diamond Shoal at 3mo intervals. When not on Diamond station, LV 71 was also used to relieve other stations as shown below:
-1900: May ?? to Jun 22, 1901, temporary duty on Tail of Horseshoe (VA)
-1903: Apr 29-Jun 15: temporary duty on Winter Quarter Shoal (VA)
-1903: Oct 14-Nov 29: temporary duty on Overfalls Shoal (DE)
-1905: Aug 1-15: temporary duty on Cape Lookout Shoals (NC)
-1906: Jan 19-Mar 7: temporary duty on Nantucket Shoals (MA)
-1906: Sep 9-25: temporary duty on Cape Charles (VA)
-1906: Dec 3-25: temporary duty on Cape Lookout Shoals (NC)


HISTORICAL NOTES:

-1898: Feb 14, delivered to Edgemoor Depot (DE). Although built for Overfalls Shoal, LV 69 on Diamond Shoals needed repair so LV 71 was placed there Mar 9, then alternated with LV 69
-1899: Oct 7, replaced LV 69 which had blown ashore Aug 18; station apparently vacant from Aug 18-Oct 7
-1900: Dragged off station in heavy weather 9 times during the year; regained station unassisted on each occasion
-1900: May-Jun 22,1901, temporary duty on Tail of Horseshoe until LV 45 arrived; showed oil lights while on this station
-1905: While on Diamond station, showed searchlight with beam kept southeasterly at 45 degrees to horizon "to provide earlier warning than masthead lights"
-1912: Jan 9, rammed by schooner JOHN BOSSERT, considerable damage to starboard hull plating and to engine room machinery
-1915: Dragged off station during severe coastal storm; regained station Jan 14
-1915: Apr 24, took aboard the Master, his wife and 10 crew from wrecked 5 masted schooner M D CRESSY; provided food and clothing and transferred to passing vessel

More notes: LV 71
-1917: Jul, arrangements made with USN and Weather Bureau for provision of meteorological equipment for recording and reporting weather observations twice daily by radio

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1918; AGE: 21

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: 

-1918 Aug 6, LV 71 reported by radio the presence of a German submarine which had sunk a passing freighter. Message was intercepted by the submarine U-104, and after giving the crew opportunity to abandon ship in the boats, LV 71 was sunk by surface gunfire.


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 71

1898: August B Blom, Master (Mar-Nov)
1907-?: George Selson, Mate
?-1913: William L Montague, Mate
1913: John M Kendle, Mate
1913: A T Loss, Mate
1913-1915: C H Pertner, Mate
1914: Ole Axdal, Mate
1915-1916: A M Thistel, Master
1914-1917: Thomas Simmons, Mate
1917: Frederick J Pusey, Mate
1917: William Harvey, Master
1917-1918: Edwin E Holm, Mate
1918: Walter L Barnett, 1st Mate


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