Lost in the Line of Duty
This is a list of Lightship Sailors that gave their lives in Lightship Service, from ships sinking, logistic travels to and from the ships, or accidents onboard ship. Research is in progress to discover the names of those not listed in any section. Anyone reading this is encouraged to assist if you have information that can be added.
Lightship LV 37
Liberty Launch, APRIL 22, 1874
FIVE FATHOM BANK, New Jersey
Liberty Boat capsized while crossing Cold Spring Bar, 2 Crewmen lost.
Charles P. Smith Mate
Frank Willets Cook
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Lightship LV 19
Liberty Launch, 29 OCTOBER 1875
CROSS LEDGE, DELAWARE
Mate plus two crewmembers lost returning to ship in launch.
Lightship LV 37, RELIEF
Storm of AUGUST 23/24 1893
THE RELIEF LIGHTSHIP ON FIVE FATHOM STATION
During a huge storm that may have been a hurricane, the Relief Lightship took four successive seas to the port side and began to sink. Four men were washed over the side and lost; the Pilot Boat picked up two men. The Ship capsized and sank at 0147 on August 24, 1893.
Boiler explosion, AUGUST 28, 1893
BUSH BLUFF, VIRGINIA
Boiler explosion kills Engineer and Seaman.
Lightship LV 2
Liberty Launch, 1897
HENS AND CHICKENS, MASSACHUSETTS
Two Men lost in Liberty Launch.
1Lightship 82, BUFFALO
Storm of 10 NOVEMBER 1913
Lightship sunk and all hands lost off Waverly Point, Lake Erie, near BUFFALO, NY.
Hugh H. Williams, Captain
Andrew Lehy, Mate
Charles Butler, Chief Engineer
Cornelius Lahey, Assistant Engineer
Peter Mackey, Cook
William Jensen, Deckhand
The ship was raised two years later.
Cross Rip LV-6 Lost on 5 FEBRUARY 1918
Dragged off station in moving ice February 4, 1918, last seen moving out the Eastern Entrance of Nantucket Sound; lost with all hands.
Henry F. Joy, Mate, Dennisport, MA.
Frank Johnson, Machinest, South Yarmouth, MA.
William Rose, Cook, North Harwich, MA.
Almon Wixon, Seaman, Dennisport, MA.
Arthur C. Joy, Seaman, Dennisport, MA.
E. H. Phillips, Seaman, West Dennis, MA.
Nantucket Lightship 117 Sunk 15 MAY 1934 Collision at sea
John M. Fortes SN, New Bedford, MA.
Isaac Pina First Cook, New Bedford, MA.
Ernest B. George SN, New Bedford, MA.
Alfredo Monteiro Second Cook, New Bedford, MA.
Matthew S. Rodriques SN, New Bedford, MA.
William W. Perry Chief Engineer, Reading, MA.
Justin F. Richmond Oiler, Woburn, MA.
There were four survivors during the loss of the LV 117, three of which lost their lives due to their injuries within six months of the incident.
George Brathwaite, Mate, In Charge when struck, Cambridge, MA.
Clinton Mosher, First Officer, New Bedford, MA.
John F. Perry, Radioman, Provincetown, MA.
L. V. Roberts, the only surviving member of this tragedy returned to duty aboard LV 106, returning to Nantucket Shoals.
Vineyard Lightship 73 SEPTEMBER 14 ? 15 1944
Edgar Sevigny, CWO Bos?n, USCG, New Bedford, MA.
Edward Steckling, MMC, USCG, Chelsea, MA.
John Kolosky, MM2, USCG
Richard R. Talbot, SC2, USCGR, South Hamilton, MA.
Lawrence R. Starratt, MM3, USCGR, Lynn, MA.
Fredrick J. Stelter, WT3, USCGR
Peter P. Michalack, SN1, USCGR, Dunkirk, NY.
John J. Stimac, SN1, USCGR
Jack M. Hammett, SN1, USCG, Springfield, MO.
Joseph G. Gordon, SN1, USCGR
Allen L. Hull, SN2, USCGR, East Hartford, CT.
Vangel Constantine, SN2, USCGR, Fabyan, CT.
Stonehorse Lightship LV 101/WAL 524
MAY 18 1955 Departing vessel
John D. Mortimer, Seaman Apprentice, USCG, Sligo, PA. departing vessel for reassignment when Liberty Launch was swamped by a wave.
Portland Lightship February 21, 1955
William H. Jakicic
Huron Lightship 103 MAY 7 1958
Lost at sea at Corsica Shoals, Lake Huron, near Port Huron, MI returning to the Ship in a twenty-foot boat that capsized.
Robert J. Gullickson, Seaman, USCG Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
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Research provided by Jim Gill, Doug Bingham, and Rick Bennett
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