Columbia  River  Lightship  LV  50

YEAR BUILT: 1892

BUILT AT: San Francisco (CA)

BUILDER: Union Iron Works

APPROPRIATION: $70, 000

CONTRACT PRICE: $61,150


SISTER VESSELS: LV 47,48,49

DESIGN: Composite-steel frame planked with Puget Sound pine, sheathed with white oak; fastened with galv. iron bolts; 2 masts with lattice daymarks; stack ahead of mainmast; 2 aux. boilers 6'6"dia x 7'3"lg; steam pumps & windlass

LENGTH: 120'l0"(loa); BEAM: 269"; DRAFT: 113"; TONNAGE: 470 displ

PROPULSION: Sail-schooner rig, fore and main carried on spencer masts

ILLUMINATING APPARATUS: 2 lanterns, each with 8 oil lamps

FOG SIGNAL: 12" steam whistle; hand operated bell

CONSTRUCTION NOTES - MODIFICATIONS - EQUIPMENT CHANGES & IMPROVEMENTS: LV 50
-1894: Aug 22-Sep 5, "thoroughly repaired" at Astoria (OR)
-1897: Boilers retubed on station
-1897: Sep 9-Jun 25, extensive hull repairs at Astoria
-1899: May 6-Jun 13, boiler and machinery repairs
-1901: Mar-Aug 18, relaunching and comprehensive repairs to hull, boilers and
machinery following the grounding on Nov 29, 1899 - $31, 095
-1902: May 26-Jun 4, repaired and resupplied
-1905: Jan 7-Mar 2, routine repair and refit
-1905: Oct 6 - Oct 9 1906, off station for extensive repairs after second
grounding; completion prolonged by contractual difficulties


STATION ASSIGNMENTS: LV 50
1892-1909: Columbia River (OR)
1909-1915: Unassigned -- laid up at Astoria (OF)

(1892 Jul 6, position moved 3 mi SE)
(1897-1898 Off station for extensive repairs: station marked by LV 67)
(1899-1901 Off station undergoing major repairs after being blown ashore;
station marked by Black/White can buoy during this period)
(1905-1906 Off station for major repairs following second grounding; station
marked temporarily by LV 67, diverted from Umatilla Reef)

HISTORICAL NOTES: LV 50
-1892: Mar 26, launched at Potrero, San Francisco; fitted out and towed to
Astoria (OR) Apr 2-5 by tender MADRONO
-1892: Apr 11, placed on Columbia River station by tender MANZANITA
-1892: Jul 6, position moved 3 mi SE
-1894: Aug 22-Sep 5, withdrawn for repair; station marked by mooring buoy
-1897: Sep 9-Jan 5 1898, relieved (by LV 67) for repairs
-1899: May 6-Jun 13, withdrawn for repair; replaced by mooring buoy
-1899: Nov 29, broke adrift in 74 mph gale, stood offshore under sail; later
while attempts were made to tow, went aground on beach easterly of Cape Disappointment Light; replaced by black & white can buoy. Remained stranded on beach
for 16 months during unsuccessful attempts to refloat. Marine railway was built
and ship jacked onto a cradle, hauled 700 yards overland and relaunched into
Bakers Bay (WA) at cost of $17,500. Hull repaired at Bakers Bay ($12,135), then
towed to Portland (OR) for boiler & machinery repairs ($1,460). Repairs complete
Aug 1901; resupplied and replaced on station Aug 18, 1901
-1902: May 26-Jun 4, withdrawn for repair; replaced by fixed white lighted buoy
lettered "light vessel moorings"
-1905: Jan 7-Mar 2, off station for repair

More notes: LV 50


-1905: Oct 6, parted chain in SE gale, grounding on beach 1/4 mi ENE of Cape
Disappointment Light. Refloated Oct 16; towed to Tongue Point Depot for hull
repairs. Procedural problems with bids and funding caused long delays. Funds
for constructing a new lightship, plus supplementary funds were used and
vessel resumed station Oct 9, 1906. (LV 67 had manned the station during most
of this period.
-1907: Mar 4, appropriation approved for new steam driven replacement vessel
-1907: May 9-May 13 broke adrift; towed in by tug; resupplied and returned
-1909: Withdrawn and laid up at Astoria (OR) pending further disposition
-1915: Surveyed and condemned


RETIRED FROM LIGHTSHIP DUTY: 1909; AGE: 17

SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION: Sold at public auction Apr 27, 1915 - $1,667.99
Later used as freighter and laid up in Alaska 1925, Said to have been still
later registered as SAN COSMO & MARGARET until 1935


COMMANDING OFFICERS: LV 50

1898-?: Joseph H. Harriman, Master

Back to Columbia River Lightship Station History.

Copyright 2004  United States Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association INC. All rights reserved. Copyrights also protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
Revised: 10/23/06.