U.S. Coast Guard Lightships

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VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 95/WAL 519


YEAR BUILT: 1912

BUILT AT: Muskegon (Ml)

BUILDER: Racine-Truscott-Shell Lake Boat Co

APPROPRIATION: ?

CONTRACT PRICE: $74,558

SISTER VESSELS: None

DESIGN: Steam screw; steel hull; large dia. tubular lantern mast forward; conventional steel mast aft (unlighted); pilot house at foremast, small
deckhouse aft; smokestack amidships

LENGTH: 108'5" (loa); BEAM: 23'0"; DRAFT: 1l'6"; TONNAGE: 368 displ (fresh water)

PROPULSION: Steam, 200 IHP (no details found); also rigged for sail

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Large diameter lantern housing with revolving parabolic reflector and electric incandescent lamp

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

CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEl4ENTS:
1911: Dec 26, sank at contractors dock, not raised until Feb 20, 1912-
1912: Nov, completed-
1916: Illuminating apparatus changed to duplex 375mm electric lens lantern on foremast, 13,200cp-
1936: Repowered with Superior 6 cyl 4 cycle diesel main engine, 200 HP @ 400rpm; 4' 6" propeller, max speed 6 knots-
193?: Fog signal changed to air diaphragm horn (Leslie 17" typhon)-
1964: USCG lists CR-103 radar; other characteristics in line with above;-
Radio and visual call sign NNGX (1940-1965)

STATION ASSIGNMENTS:
1912-1932: Milwaukee (WI)
1933: Relief (11th District)
1934: Relief (3d District) laid up Oct 8, 1934
1935-1965: Relief (4th District)

(Milwaukee station discontinued 1932)
(1935-1965: Details of usage not found, but known to have been assigned
as Relief 4th District from 1935 onward, based variously at Edgemoor DE and Cape May NJ)

HISTORICAL NOTES: 
Assigned to Milwaukee station Nov 30, 1912-
Transferred to 3d District 1934, designated Relief and laid up Oct 8, 1934-
Apparently transferred to 4th District during 1935 and used as Relief vessel thereafter

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1965; AGE: 53

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Decommissioned Jan 15, 1965; donated May 21, 1966, however records do not indicate where used after donation

COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 95 / WAL 519

1912-1913: Albert F Pitman, Mate
1913: C S Carlson, Mate
1914-1915: L P Bolstad, Mate
1916-1925: Charles Carlson, Mate
1918: Robert McDonald, Mate (temp)
1918-1919: Joseph Frawley, Mate (temp)
1919: William C Young, Mate (temp)
1920: Grant Minor, Mate (temp)
1920-1925: Thorwald Berntsen, Master
1921-1928: Richard D Baxter, Mate
1925-? : Charles Carlson, Master
1928-?:Peter 0 Gallagher, Mate
?-1938: Christopher Lasdine, Master
1938-?: Frederick J Belton, Master

1953: CWO (BOSN) Stacey Cramer, CO
                        ENC O'Connell, Chief Engineer

CWO Peter Monk, CO
1964: CWO Richard J Kilroy, CO


PHOTOGRAPHS:

Click here to view a photo of the LV-95 after she sank at her builder's dock in 1911.


 

 

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