U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

& Those of the U.S. Lighthouse Service


VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 92/WAL 516


YEAR BUILT: 1908

BUILT AT: Quincy (MA)

BUILDER: Fore River Shipbuilding Co

APPROPRIATION: ?

CONTRACT PRICE: $107,213

SISTER VESSELS: LV 90,91,93 (Built to same general plan as for LV 84-88)

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

LENGTH: 135'5" (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 IEP; 2 Scotch boilers 10'6" dia x 114" long, 110 psi; propeller 8'0" dia; design max speed 10 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:
1909: Submarine bell signal installed-
1921: Equipped with radio-
1924: Equipped with radiobeacon-
1929: Illuminating apparatus changed to 375mm, 13,OOOcp electric lens lanterns-
193?: Almy water-tube boilers replaced original boilers-
1933: Fog signal changed to steam diaphragm horn (17" Leslie typhon)-
1935: Fog signal synchronized with radiobeacon-
1945: Fitted with detection radar-
1951: Retained original steam power plant until decommissioned-
Radio and visual call sign NNGW (1940-1951)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:
1909-1951: Relief (West Coast)
(1942-1945: during WWII assigned to 13th district, stationed at Seattle (WA) and continued in service as Relief lightship; no armament provided)


HISTORICAL NOTES:
1908: Having been assigned duty on the West Coast, LV 92, in company with LV 88, LV 93 and 3 lighthouse tenders SEQUOIA, MANZANITA, and KUKUI departed from New York in convoy and made the voyage to San Francisco in 124 days-
1914: Jan 2, while relieving Umatilla Reef, parted chain during SE storm losing anchor and 95 fathoms chain; proceeded to Astoria. The assigned vessel LV 67 was enroute at the time and took station Jan 5

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1951; AGE: 43

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Decommissioned Jun 28, 1951; sold Dec 7, 1954; hulk reported to have been seen at Tacoma (WA) in 1956


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 92 / WAL 516
1913-?: W J Kenney, Master
1937-?: Ludwig Larson, Master


 

 

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