U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 90/WAL 514



YEAR BUILT: 1908

BUILT AT: Quincy (MA)

APPROPRIATION: ?

BUILDER: Fore River Shipbuilding Co.

CONTRACT PRICE: $107,213

SISTER VESSELS: LV 91,92,93 (Plans similar to LV 84 - 88)

DESIGN: Steam screw; steel hull; 2 steel masts, wood spencer on main only; wood deckhouses; smokestack amidships

LENGTH: 135'S" (loa); BEAM: 29'0"; DRAFT: 12'7"; TONNAGE: 685 displ, 478 gross

PROPULSION: Steam - one compound reciprocating engine, 16" and 31" bores x 24" stroke, 400 IHP; 2 Scotch boilers 106" dia x 114" long, 110 psi; propeller 8'0" dia; max speed 9 knots

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Cluster of 3 oil lens lanterns raised to each masthead, focal plane 50' above water

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


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS:
1908: Submarine bell signal installed-
1918: Equipped with radio-
1921: Equipped with both oil and electric illuminating apparatus; oil cluster on mainmast; electric lantern on foremast-
1929: Radiobeacon installed-
1929: Oil cluster lanterns on mainmast replaced with one acetylene lens lantern-
193?: Original boilers replaced with Almy watertube boilers, 120 psi-
1931: 375mm 16,OOOcp electric lens lanterns installed at both mastheads at 7Oft-
1933: Fog signal changed to steam diaphragm horn-
194?: Fog signal changed to air diaphragm horn-
1952: Retained steam power plant until decommissioned-
Radio and visual call sign NMGK (1940-1952)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:
1908-1910: Hedge Fence (MA)
1910-1915: Vineyard Sound (MA)
1915-1930: Relief (MA)
1931-1942: Portland (ME)
1942-1944: Examination Vessel, WWII
1944-1945: Relief (MA)
1945-1952: Portland (ME)
(1942-1944: During WWII, withdrawn and assigned to 7th District HQ, stationed at Key West (FL) and used as examination vessel; armed with one 3" gun mounted aft; then returned to First District)
(1944-1945: After completing wartime service with Navy, vessel was returned to Coast Guard control and brought from Key Vest FL to Chelsea MA under command of Capt Asbury Hanna and assigned Relief duty. Vessel replaced on Portland Station Sept 29, 1945 when the station was reactivated)


HISTORICAL NOTES: 
1920: Dec 2, during heavy gale while relieving Nantucket, parted chain and drifted 24 miles east, unable to make headway toward station so steamed to New Bedford via Pollock Rip channel and Nantucket Sound-
1923: Mar 6, Struck a rock and sunk while transiting Quick's Hole (MA); later raised, repaired and restored to service-
1926: Feb 1, while relieving Pollock Rip, during ENE gale, boarding seas demolished port and starboard boats, ship dragged 200 yards. Feb 4, gale and snow squalls continued, heavy seas stove in pilot house ports and sheathing, spare anchor rolled off rail striking hull and starting rivets causing leaks; later parted chain, could not make headway and would not answer helm; blown broadside through Pollock Rip channel and anchored SW of Stonehorse LV; tender supplied new chain and anchor; regained station Feb 6. On Feb 10, ENE gale with sleet and snow caused heavy icing; both lights extinguished at 0300 and fog signal malfunctioned due to icing; heavy cross seas boarding ship continuously and dragged into breakers SW of station; regained station when wind diminished at 2300

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1952; AGE: 44

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Decommissioned Sep 30, 1952; sold Jul 21, 1955


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 90 / WAL 514
1908-1915: Simeon C Studley Jr., Mate
1918-1921: Lars O. Johnson, Mate
1908-1919: Joseph Allen, Master
1920-1925: Arthur S Berry, Master
1921-1922: Benjamin F Chase, Mate
1922-1923: Carl A Madsen, Mate
1923: Charles S Parson, Mate
1923-?: J F Baxter, Mate
1925-1931: H I Jamieson, Master
1931-1942: Asbury A Hanna, Master
1931-1937: Hubert M Paden, Mate
1937-1942: Raymond Hamilton, Mate
1944-?: Asbury A Hanna, Master


 

 

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