Merrills Shell {Bank} 1847-1860

Location & historical notes: Mississippi, southwesterly from Gulfport, off Pass Christian and the entrance to Bay St. Louis.  The lightship was captured by Confederate forces.


Lightships assigned:

1847-1860: "W " (The only lightship to occupy this station.)

Tonnage: 400; iron hull
Station: 1847- 1860: Merrills Shell Bank (MS)
Illumination: Single lantern on mast amidships
Notes: This was the former Revenue Cutter LEGARE converted to lightship service
in 1847 after the Mexican War. Sunk by Confederate forces 1860

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