LV 72 lightship
This site has been on my list for about five years but never got around to visiting, which is funny as i live in the same town!
I remember as a child i use to ask my dad about this ship, who is a fellow explorer with great knowledge on derelict military sites (Also who i have got location info on most of my to-do list from) he use to tell me that "army men" use to run it but i never believed him.
The LV 72 lightship was responsible for saving over 30 shipwrecked soldiers during the D-DAY landings.
The entire lower levels are flooded and have been filled with clay/mud over the years so i couldnt have a mooch down there, i was gutted
Now for the info......
VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 72
YEAR BUILT: 1900
BUILT AT: Quincy (MA)
BUILDER: Fore River Shipbuilding Co
CONTRACT PRICE: $89,000
SISTER VESSELS: None
DESIGN: Steam screw; steel hull, 2 masts with lantern galleries; stack amidships
LENGTH: 123'6" (loa); BEAM: 28'6"; DRAFT: 12'6"; TONNAGE: 693 displ
PROPULSION: Steam - 350 IHP reciprocating engine, (builder listed speed at 6 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:
-1904: Equipped with radio telegraph equipment by USN
-1905: Equipped with 18" searchlight with beam kept southeasterly at 45 degree angle to horizon while on Diamond Shoal
-1906: Original lights replaced by single 375mm electric lens lantern at each mast head
-1910: Submarine bell signal installed
-1912: Equipped with radio provided by USLHS
-1922: Equipped with radio-beacon
-1931: Fog signal changed to steam diaphragm horn (Leslie 17" Typhon)
-1900-1922: Diamond Shoal (NC)
-1922-1927: Relief (5th district)
-1927-1928: Cape Charles (VA)
-1928-1933: Chesapeake (VA)
-1934-1937: Cross Rip (MA)
-(From 1900-1918 LV 72 and LV 71 alternately relieved each other at 3 month intervals on Diamond station. When not on the Diamond station, LV 72 was also used to relieve other stations as shown below:
-1903: Jul 1-Oct 1, temporary duty on Cape Charles (VA)
-1904: Oct 1-Jan 1, 1905, temporary duty on Overfalls (DE)
-1906: Mar 31-Jul 1, temporary duty on Cape Lookout Shoals (NC)
-(1928: Cape Charles station renamed Chesapeake)
-1900: Delivered by contractor in spring; assigned to Diamond Shoals station
-1905: While on Diamond station, showed searchlight in southeasterly direction and 45 degree angle to horizon "to provide earlier warning than masthead lights"
-1907 May 21, steamed to New York, picking up supplies for all lighthouses in 5th District, returning to Portsmouth VA May 29
-1915: Jan 26, while relieving Fenwick Island Shoal, picked up 39 shipwrecked men from lifeboats of steamer WASHINGTON; later transferred to passing steamer HAMILTON
-1924: Aug 25, dragged off station in hurricane force winds and mountainous seas; ship completely submerged several times by boarding seas; pumped 3000 gallons fresh water overboard to trim ship down by the stern
-1927: Mar 2, while on Cape Charles, parted chain in heavy gale; unable to make headway under power; returned to station Mar- 4 when weather moderated
-1927: Dec 4, during severe NE storm, boarding seas broke ports in after house, flooding radio shack and engine room
RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1937 AGE: 37
SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Sold 1937
COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 72
1900-1905: Arthur C Vany, Mate
1905-1906: Robert H Bertram, Mate
1906-?: Charles S Swanberg, Mate
?-1915: John Hanson, Master
1915: James F Mason, Master
1915-1925: Unaka B Jennet, Master
1917: Benjamin L. Harris, 1st Mate
1918-1919: Charley E O'Neal, Mate
1919-1923: Walter Barnett, 1st Mate
1920-1922?- Benjamin L. Harris, Master
1925-?: Anelius Anderson, Master
1925-?: Robert A Dixon, 1st Mate
1920-1927: Frank L Dixon, Mate
1927-1928: August Knipps, Mate
1929-?: Dallas K Tillette, Mate
1928-1929: Thomas S Simmons, Mate
?-1929: Charles L Swanberg, Master
Willard Flint. Lightships of the United States Government: Reference Notes. Washington, D.C., U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters: U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office, 1989.
Lightship Files, U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office.
U.S. Lightship Sailors Association.
Here is the site as it stands today.............
Here are some colour photos so you can really appreciate the rust and decay of this site......
Thanks for reading through my report, I hope you enjoyed it.
Any comments are welcome.
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