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    Default LV 72 LIGHTSHIP south wales (INFO & PIC HEAVY)


    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)

    APPROPRIATION: ?

    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)

    STATION ASSIGNMENTS:

    -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)

    HISTORICAL NOTES:

    -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


    SOURCES:

    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.

    peace out


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    All that wubberly wust.

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    There's a historian trying to buy this ship to restore it to its former glory, so I thought I'd do a report on it before it was too late

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    Nice ,interesting that it had its own motive power,none of the English lightships had engines and had to be towed into position.
    To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain always a child....Cicero

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    Yes that is interesting, lightships are amazing.

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    You might have done a bit of research, great report and pics of a bit out of the usual site, I enjoyed it, Thanks
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    Ace despite the sorry state it's in. Thanks for sharing.

    I am confused as to why the the history seems to be American and yet it has a British Light Vessel number?

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    I'm pretty sure it was a British ship helping America during the war

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    that's a very interesting report thanks, don't get too see many derelict ships about lol
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    yeah thats such a shame, so much history between those rivets.

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