U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 75


YEAR BUILT: 1902

BUILT AT: Ferrysburg (MI)

APPROPRIATION: ?

BUILDER: Johnson Boiler Co

CONTRACT PRICE: $14,998

SISTER VESSELS: None

DESIGN: Steel scow; single lantern mast forward; large wood deckhouse

LENGTH: 83'9" (loa); BEAM: 23'0"; DRAFT: 96" (depth); TONNAGE: 160 gross

PROPULSION: No means of propulsion

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Oil illuminant, other details not found

FOG SIGNAL: Hand operated bell


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:

-1922: Illuminating apparatus converted to acetylene operation
-1926: Automated for unattended operation
-1934: Fitted with fog bell struck automatically by mechanism driven by carbon dioxide gas
-1935: Equipped with radio-beacon; fog signal changed to air whistle
-1935: Radio control system installed to control light, fog signal and radio beacon functions from ashore. This was the first lightship to operate unattended, and the first to have provision for remote control of its illuminating and signaling systems

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

1902-1911: Grosse Pointe (MI)
1912-1939: Lake St Clair (MI)


HISTORICAL NOTES:

-1902 Aug, placed on Grosse Pointe station, marking the upper (northerly) end of the 20 foot dredged channel in Lake St Clair
-Removed from station during the period the Lakes were closed to navigation - typically early Dec -Mar/Apr each year. Maintenance and repairs were performed during the winter lay-up period
-1911 Station moved and renamed Lake St Clair
-1926 Equipped for unattended operation
-1935 Equipped for controlling all systems by radio from ashore
-Remained assigned to Lake St Clair station until discontinued in 1939

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1939; AGE: 37

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Sold 1939; Reported later to have been used as a lighter in New York Harbor; 1941
registration #175581. Said to be still in use as of 1983


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 75

1902-1903: John T Murray, Master
1903-1906: Charles Calnow, Master
1906-1915: Conrad Christiansen, Master
1915-1921: James Jones, Master
1915: Frank Leimbach, Mate
1915-1916: Charles Bernier, Mate
1916-1922: Gustav Affeldt, Mate
1921-?: Charles Bernier, Master
1922-?: Ernest LeBahn, Mate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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