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Lightship History by "Hull" number...

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Brief Explanation of United States Lightship Hull Designations, by: Jay McCarthy

LVLight Vessel... Hull Designation used by United States Lighthouse Service until 1939.

WAL = W-US Coast Guard - Anchored - Light... Hull Designation used by USCG after the USCG took over the duties of the USLHS in 1939.

Note: all existing Lightships retained their LV designation, but had WAL added.

Example; Relief Lightship (built in 1904) was designated LV-78 (USLHS) / WAL-505 (USCG), in 1939. I believe both Hull Designations were used for Historical Data purposes.

WLV = W-US Coast Guard - Light - Vessel... Hull Designation used by USCG for Lightships built after 1939 were designated WLV only. They were not part of the early USLHS.

Those Hulls Designated by LV only, were no longer in service when the USCG took over the duties of the USLHS in 1939.

     Early U.S. Lightships "A" thru "ZZ"

     U.S. Navy Temporary Lightships

     Vessel Designation: Kewaunee

     Experimental #99

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Note: If there is no link to the hull number, the number was not used.

Hull Designation used by United States Lighthouse (USLHS) Service until 1939 (LV)

LV 1    LV 2    LV 3    LV 4    LV 5    LV 6    LV 7    LV 8    LV 9    LV 10   LV 11    LV 12    LV 13    LV 14    LV 15

LV 16    LV 17    LV 18    LV 19    LV 20    LV 21    LV 22    LV 23    LV 24    LV 25    LV 26    LV 27    LV 28    LV 29    LV 30

LV 31    LV 32    LV 33    LV 34    LV 35    LV 36    LV 37    LV 38    LV 39    LV 40    LV 41    LV 42    LV 43    LV 44    LV 45

LV 46    LV 47    LV 48    LV 49    LV 50    LV 51    LV 52    LV 55    LV 56    LV 57    LV 58

LV 59    LV 60    LV 61    LV 62    LV 63    LV 64    LV 65    LV 66    LV 67    LV 68    LV 69    LV 70    LV 71    LV 72

LV 74    LV 75      LV 80     LV 89

Hull Designations used by USCG after the USCG took over the duties of the USLHS in 1939 (WAL)

LV 53 (WAL 501)    LV 54 (WAL 502)    LV 73 (WAL 503)      LV 76 (WAL 504)    LV 77    LV 78 (WAL 505)    LV 79 (WAL 506)

LV 81 (WAL 507)    LV 82    LV 83 (WAL 508)    LV 84 (WAL 509)    LV 85 (WAL 510)    LV 86 (WAL 511)    LV 87 (WAL 512)

LV 88 (WAL 513)    LV 90 (WAL 514)    LV 91 (WAL 515)    LV 92 (WAL 516)    LV 93 (WAL 517)    LV 94 (WAL 518)    LV 95 (WAL 519)

LV 96 (WAL 520)    LV 97    LV 98 (WAL 521)    LV 99 (WAL 522)    LV 100 (WAL-523 / WLV-523)    LV 101 (WAL-524 / WLV-524)

LV 102 (WAL-525 / WLV-525)    LV-103 (WAL-526 / WLV-526)    LV 104 ( Not Used)    LV 105 (WAL 527)

  LV 106 (WAL 528)    LV 107 (WAL 529)    LV 108 (WAL 530)    LV 109 (WAL 531)    LV 110 (WAL 532)

LV 111 (WAL 533)    LV 112 (WAL 534)    LV 113 (WAL 535)    LV 114 (WAL 536)    LV 115 (WAL 537)    LV 116 (WAL 538)

LV 117    LV 118 (WAL 539)

Hull Designation used by USCG for Lightships built after 1939 were designated WLV only.

They were not part of the early USLHS

WLV 189    WLV 196    WLV 604    WLV 605    WLV 612    WLV 613

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