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35 Foot Channel Lightship LV 45

LV 45 Shown on Winter Quarter Station

VESSEL DESIGNATION: LV 45

YEAR BUILT: 1887

BUILT AT: Linwood (PA)

BUILDER: Houston & Woodbridge

APPROPRIATION: $60,000
(Approp. 1885 & 1886"for completing lt-ship (iron) with fog signal")

CONTRACT PRICE: $58,500

SISTER VESSELS: LV 46

DESIGN: Composite- steel frame, iron hull sheathed with yellow pine; fastened with iron rivets and screw bolts; 2 masts, daymark on main; stack ahead of main; 2 aux. boilers and steam pump

LENGTH: 124'6" (loa); BEAM: 27'6"; DRAFT: 12'; PROPULSION: Sail-schooner rig; fore and main carried on spencer masts

TONNAGE: 401 displ

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 2 lanterns, each having 8 oil lamps w/reflectors

FOG SIGNAL: 12" steam whistle; hand operated bell

CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS: LV 45
-1887: Sep received from contractor; hull leaking; hauled at Wilmington DE and
hull stripped, outer hull caulked and resheathed; deck recaulked
-1890: Deck recaulked on station by shipyard crew
-1891: Boilers retubed on station by engineers of the vessel
-1891: Aug 29-Oct 22, hauled for repairs to hull, boilers, and standing rig
-1895: Jan 17-Oct 18, compressed air fog signal installed using 12' Crosby chime
whistle, 2 Hornsby-Ackroyd 3 1/2 HP oil engines, and air compressor
-1906: Sep 15, submarine bell signal installed for test; operational May 29, 1907
-1908:Fog whistle changed to 8"

STATION ASSIGNMENTS: LV 45

1888-1908: Winter Quarter Shoal (VA)
1908-1918: Thirty Five Foot Channel (VA)

(Thirty Five Foot station marked by a buoy Jul 1918 when LV 45 partially destroyed by fire; station discontinued 1919, replaced by lighted buoy)

HISTORICAL NOTES: LV 45

-1888: Mar 18, placed on Winter Quarter Shoal (VA)
-1889: Apr 7, parted chain, picked up 38 miles off Hatteras by British steamer
VIOLA & towed to Portsmouth (VA) then towed to Delaware Breakwater for replacement of anchor & chain; resumed station Apr 29. British salvage claim for $10, 000 resulted in an award of $900
-1891: Aug 29-Oct 22, relieved by C&GS schooner DRIFT while being repaired
-1894: Apr 20, steam fog signal discontinued due to boiler failure bell used until withdrawn for repair Jan 1895. ("relieved by LV 9" from 2nd District)
-1896: Dec 15, parted chain & driven to sea; picked up Dec 30 by British steamer BIRDOSWALD and towed to Hampton Roads; returned to station Jan 8. 1897
-1899: Nov 50Dec 14, relieved for repair by LV 16
-1901: Nov 17-Dec 16, relieved for repair by LV 11
-1903: Jan 28, in collision with schooner
-1903: Apr 29-Jun 15, relieved for repair by LV 71, repaired at Philadelphia
-1903: Jan 28, in collision with schooner
-1906: Sep 15, submarine bell signal. installed for test; placed in regular operation May 29, 1907
-1908: Jan 4, damaged in gale; brought in for survey. (Relieved by LV 91)

More notes: LV 45

-1908: Mar, surveyed and considered unsuitable for further use on exposed stations; reassigned to Thirty Five Foot Channel (VA)
-1918: Mar 3, while being- repaired in shipyard, another ship caught fire and drifted against LV 45 starting a fire aboard; damage estimated at $28,875 plus loss of mess stores- and crew's personal effects; considered uneconomical to repair vessel; station marked by buoy
-1918: Oct 26, surveyed, condemned and laid up

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1918; AGE: 31

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: 1918 Oct 26, surveyed and condemned 1920 Apr 27, sold

COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 45

1888-1893: James H Mason, Asst Keeper
1893-1898: James H Mason, Mate
1898-1913: James H Mason, Master
1898-1913: Harry H Vaughn, Mate
1913: Anelius Anderson, Mate
1913-1914: Robert H Bertram, Master
1913-1915: A T Loss, Mate
1914-1917: John B Johnson, Master
1915-1916: Gus Montague, Mate
1916: C E 0'Neal, Mate
1917-1918: Robert A Dixon, Mate
1917-1918: Arthur K Hudson, Master

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