A photo taken by Dr. Henry D. Hoberman,

submitted by His Son, John Hoberman, Professor and Chair
Department of Germanic Languages

YEAR BUILT: 1907

BUILT AT: Camden (NJ)

BUILDER: New York Shipbuilding Co

APPROPRIATION: ?

CONTRACT PRICE: $99,000

SISTER VESSELS: LV 84,85,87,88

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

LENGTH: 135'5" (loa); BEAM: 29'0"; DRAFT: 126"; TONNAGE: 683 displ

PROPULSION: Steam - one compound reciprocating engine, 16" and 31" bores x 24" stroke; 380 IHP; 2 boilers 9'3" dia x 16'4" long; propeller 79" dia; design max speed 10 knots; also rigged for sail initially

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: Cluster of 3 oil lens lanterns raised to each masthead

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


CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS: LV 86-
1911: Submarine bell signal installed-
1918: Illuminant changed from oil to acetylene-
1919: Equipped with radio-
1929: Acetylene lanterns replaced with electric lens lanterns in masthead
galleries; lantern houses removed-
193?: Original fire-tube boilers replaced with Almy water-tube type-
1934: Fog signal changed to air diaphragm horn-
1943: Fitted with detection radar later removed-
194?: Repowered with diesel, Cooper-Bessemer 600HP-
1956: Nov, Equipped with radar-
Radio and visual call sign NMGH (1940-1959)


STATION ASSIGNMENTS: LV 86/WAL 511

1908-1913: Hen and Chickens (MA)
1913-1918: Great Round Shoal (MA)
1918-1923: Relief (MA)
1923-1932: Great Round Shoal (MA)
1932-1934: Relief (MA)
1934-1954: Hen and Chickens (MA)
1954-1959: Buzzards Bay (MA)
(1942-1945: During WWII, remained on Hen and Chickens station; no armament provided)
(1954: Sep 1: Hen and Chickens and Vineyard Sound stations discontinued; new Buzzards Bay station established to replace both former stations)

HISTORICAL NOTES: LV 86/WAL 511

1956: Nov?, dragged off station in heavy weather

RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1959; AGE: 52

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Decommissioned Feb 28, 1959; sold Dec 30, 1959

COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 86 / WAL 511


1916-1922: Lucas Robins, Master
1916-1917: William D Chase, Mate
1917-1922: William Kelley, Mate
1922-1924: Edward E Farnham, Master
1924-1936: Simeon C Studley, Master
1928-1937: Lyman J Clark, Mate
1936-1939: William G Collins, Master
1937-1939: Victor L Rayan, Mate

1942-1944: Asbury Hannah, Master

?-  BMC William T Burroughs, OIC
? - 1955:     CWO Winters, CO
1955-1958: CWO George E Rogner, CO
1958: BMC George Sousa, OIC
1958-1959: CWO Artel B. Crowley

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