Nantucket Lightship/LV-112

Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 The mission of the United States Lightship Museum (USLM) is to preserve and maintain Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 in perpetuity, reestablishing this National Historic Landmark in its homeport of Boston.
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It serves as a floating museum and learning center. Nantucket/LV-112, a National Historic Landmark, was built and commissioned in 1936, and decommissioned in 1975. Her homeport is and was always Boston Harbor. Nantucket/LV-112 is also the largest U.S. lightship ever built. For 39 years, LV-112 guided transoceanic shipping to and from U.S. east coast ports, through some of the most treacherous shipping lanes in the world. She was the first symbol of America encountered by thousands of immigrants. Many famous vessels such as the SS United States, the Queen Mary, Normandie and many other international merchant and naval vessels depended on LV-112 as a navigational aid, her powerful light, fog horn, radio beacon and brilliant red hull with large white letters “NANTUCKET.” Now it’s our turn to save and preserve this unique National Historic Landmark. You can help preserve LV-112 by joining the United States Lightship Museum and becoming a member. The United States Lightship Museum is always looking for new members, committed volunteers and financial donors. Gifts of all sizes are most appreciated For more information, log onto our website: www.NantucketLightshipLV-112.org

It serves as a floating museum and learning center. Nantucket/LV-112, a National Historic Landmark, was built and commissioned in 1936, and decommissioned in 1975. Her homeport is and was always Boston Harbor. Nantucket/LV-112 is also the largest U.S. lightship ever built. For 39 years, LV-112 guided transoceanic shipping to and from U.S. east coast ports, through some of the most treacherous shipping lanes in the world. She was the first symbol of America encountered by thousands of immigrants. Many famous vessels such as the SS United States, the Queen Mary, Normandie and many other international merchant and naval vessels depended on LV-112 as a navigational aid, her powerful light, fog horn, radio beacon and brilliant red hull with large white letters “NANTUCKET.” Now it’s our turn to save and preserve this unique National Historic Landmark. You can help preserve LV-112 by joining the United States Lightship Museum and becoming a member. The United States Lightship Museum is always looking for new members, committed volunteers and financial donors. Gifts of all sizes are most appreciated For more information, log onto our website: www.NantucketLightshipLV-112.org

Operating as usual

01/15/2011  East Boston, Ma.      The NANTUCKET LV-112 hosting the New England Chapter of Light Lovers on a very chilly ...
04/12/2021

01/15/2011 East Boston, Ma.
The NANTUCKET LV-112 hosting the New England Chapter of Light Lovers on a very chilly January day! Plenty of Hot Chocolate below deck..

01/15/2011   East Boston, Ma.      East Boston Shipyard & Marina.   Sunrise , boarding the NANTUCKET Lightship.
04/12/2021

01/15/2011 East Boston, Ma.
East Boston Shipyard & Marina.
Sunrise , boarding the NANTUCKET Lightship.

01/15/2011 East Boston, Ma.
East Boston Shipyard & Marina.
Sunrise , boarding the NANTUCKET Lightship.

01/15/2011    Aboard the NANTUCKET Lightship..       Nothing better than a Sunny but very chilly morning...  Grab a shov...
04/12/2021

01/15/2011 Aboard the NANTUCKET Lightship..
Nothing better than a Sunny but very chilly morning...
Grab a shovel, get some "exercise" and warm up to a nice hot coffee below decks!

01/15/2011   East Boston, Ma.       LV-112 / WAL 534    NANTUCKET Lightship     Early morning Sunlight...on a nippy day.
04/12/2021

01/15/2011 East Boston, Ma.
LV-112 / WAL 534 NANTUCKET Lightship
Early morning Sunlight...on a nippy day.

01/15/2011 East Boston, Ma.
LV-112 / WAL 534 NANTUCKET Lightship
Early morning Sunlight...on a nippy day.

04/12/2021

June 17, 2017. East Boston Shipyard & Marina
Aboard deck of the NANTUCKET LV 112 / WAL 534
Four former Nantucket Lightship Sailor Veterans share some stories...

Left to Right:
Ken Kubic , Al DiFlumeri, Dick Mack and Bob Burbank.

Ken and Bob have been part of our Volunteer Crew for years.

4/10/2021 East Boston, Ma.     East Boston Shipyard & Marina,  Home port to the NANTUCKET LV-112 for the last 10 years! ...
04/11/2021

4/10/2021 East Boston, Ma.
East Boston Shipyard & Marina,
Home port to the NANTUCKET LV-112 for the last 10 years! Saved from the possibility of being scrapped 10 years ago after being abandoned to the elements at Oyster Bay N.Y., she returned to Boston May 10, 2010.
The NANTUCKET LV-112 is a National Historic Landmark and a Floating Educational Museum Vessel.

04/11/2021

4/10/2021. East Boston, Ma.
East Boston Shipyard & Marina.
Beautiful day at Boston Harbor. The NANTUCKET LV 112 is looking very sharp after a 6 month hiatus at dry dock going thru another stage of restoration.
We are hoping to be open for Tours in the next month or so.
Restoration is an ongoing process. Funding is always a necessary evil!
Please note, Any contribution goes along way and much appreciated.

Please consider a Donation of any amount?  Save the “Statue of Liberty of the Sea”.      We have been stewards of this h...
04/01/2021
Save the 'Statue of Liberty of the Sea', organized by Robert Mannino

Please consider a Donation of any amount? Save the “Statue of Liberty of the Sea”.
We have been stewards of this historic vessel for ten years. Through your donations and many Grants we have been able to dry dock the LV 112 twice now for much needed structural repair and hull restoration. With out your help the past decade the LV 112 would not have progressed into the fine condition she is in now. Restoration is an ongoing project and we have certainly gone forward in various stages.
We hope to be open for tours in the fast approaching Season. If you wish a tour it can be arranged for the most part at most anytime within reason.
Educational tours, Memorial Services, Birthday Parties even a Wedding have been held aboard the decks. A great view, a great Crew of Volunteers!
Just Click on the link! THANK YOU.

Please help us save Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 — the “Statue of Liberty of the… Robert Mannino needs your support for Save the 'Statue of Liberty of the Sea'

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. East Boston, MA. East Boston Shipyard & Marina
Lines being hauled, NANTUCKET being finally secured at her home berth.
This video shows how strong the wind was blowing...

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. East Boston, Ma. East Boston Shipyard & Marina
Heave Ho! Secure all lines...
Home at last...
Still work to be done... her restoration is slow and tedious but getting done.. Funding is an ongoing process...
All Donations Welcome! We also accept Vehicles, Cars, Trucks what have you..just a phone call away.
ENJOY!

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. East Boston, Ma. East Boston Shipyard & Marina
Here the wind assisted the tug docking the NANTUCKET LV-112 at her home berth of ten years. The little chugger looked like it was gonna be used as a “bumper” for a minute or two!

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. East Boston, Ma.
The NANTUCKET LV-112 with the Boston Custom House in background.. getting closer to home berth..

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. East Boston, Ma.
Not a sight you see everyday, NANTUCKET LV-112 with the Zakim Bridge and steeple of the Old North Church in the background! “By land or by Sea”

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard
Here we felt a little less worrisome... the wind was strong and we had concerns... the little chugger kept doing the job.
On her way home to East Boston Shipyard & Marine!

04/01/2021

3/31/2021 Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard
The NANTUCKET is almost on the way to East Boston. She is free from the dock and the wind is attempting to blow her sideways... the little chugger is working hard..good Coxswain! Experienced... although I got to admit we were a bit worried!!

04/01/2021

3/31/2021 Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard
Here you can notice the tide has risen quite a bit, the dry dock is at its lowest point. The Tow Barge is setting up lines preparing to pull the 112 out, while a smaller boat is ready to push alongside to keep the Ship straight.. the wind was a wee bit strong.

04/01/2021

3/31/3021 Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard
The NANTUCKET is in the water...but still always to go, still sitting on blocks. The crew aboard the 112 go below decks to check on the hull, just in case..no leaks needed.

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard
The NANTUCKET be lowered inch by inch at the same time the tide is rising..

04/01/2021

3/31/3021 Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard
As the dock is lowered along with tide rising, Peter Fitzgerald keeps a watchful eye on everything, dock, the skids it rides on, the chain clinking a link at a time.. the winch is pulling the dock into the water...a slow process and done cautiously...and professionally. Not Peter’s first rodeo!

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard
Well, the slow process has started, the winch is slowly lowering the dry dock, link by link.. the NANTUCKET is getting anxious to splash...

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. Chelsea, Ma.
Fitzgerald Shipyard, Final steps.. removing the scaffolding. Crew aboard who will ride aboard for the return trip to East Boston Shipyard & Marina, her berthing of the past ten years.
Still waiting for the tide!

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. Chelsea, Ma.
Fitzgerald Shipyard, Ready to launch...waiting for tide..

04/01/2021

3/31/2021. Chelsea, Ma.
Fitzgerald Shipyard, last minute preparations..hoisting the restored original Capstan to Deck to be remounted in the near future.

04/01/2021

3/31/3021 Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard..
The yard has their equipment ready to launch the LV 112 today..last minute preparation...and high tide..

03/31/2021

March 31,2021 Chelsea Ma.

Fitzgerald Shipyard... today was the day, preparing the 112 to launch after 6 month of restorations work.

The NANTUCKET Lightship LV 112 will be coming out of dry dock at the Fitzgerald Shipyard, Wednesday 31, 2021 about high ...
03/30/2021

The NANTUCKET Lightship LV 112 will be coming out of dry dock at the Fitzgerald Shipyard, Wednesday 31, 2021 about high tide and will be tugged back to her berth at the East Boston Shipyard & Marina.

The photos show the LV 112 prior to 1960 with the tall stack and post 1960 refit with the low stack.
She originally was powered by steam, a Diesel engine,a Cooper-Bessemer reverse reciprocating 8 cylinder was installed during refit in 1960.

Dry Docking a ship hasn’t changed much over the years, Has it!                                      An earlier Nantucket...
03/21/2021

Dry Docking a ship hasn’t changed much over the years, Has it!
An earlier Nantucket Lightship..
July 15th, 1928, East Boston, Ma.
Marine Railway at ATLANTIC Works, East Boston
The NANTUCKET Lightship LV 106 / WAL 528 during dry docking..
(Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection)

Chelsea, Ma.   Fitzgerald Shipyard.   FYI !    The Re-Launching of the NANTUCKET LV 112 has been POSTPONED due  to the T...
03/21/2021

Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard. FYI !
The Re-Launching of the NANTUCKET LV 112 has been POSTPONED due to the Tide schedule. Possibly March 25th or 26th 2021.
Will update again...

Birth of NANTUCKET LV-112     1934 the NANTUCKET LV-117 predecessor was rammed and sunk by the RMS OLYMPIC. ( Sister of ...
03/18/2021

Birth of NANTUCKET LV-112
1934 the NANTUCKET LV-117 predecessor was rammed and sunk by the RMS OLYMPIC. ( Sister of the TITANIC ) In reparation the British Govt. agreed to fund a replacement.
Pusey & Jones were commissioned to build the LV-112 to replace the LV-117.

03/13/2021

Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard
This is a view that you not will see too often..a decommissioned Lightship in drydock.
The NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP LV 112 / WAL 534 is a Museum Ship, home ported at the East Boston Shipyard & Marina, East Boston, Ma.

FYI. There are THREE NANTUCKET Lightships that exist. To confuse things all are in Massachusetts waters.

The NANTUCKET LV 112 / WAL 534 is strictly a Museum Vessel. She is the largest U.S. Lightship ever built. She is permanently berthed unless drydocked or moved during a major storm.

The NANTUCKET WLV 612 is privately owned and occasionally berthed in South Boston, or in New Bedford Ma. This vessel is the only former U.S. Lightship capable of sailing on her own.

The NANTUCKET WLV 613 is also privately owned and sits dorment in New Bedford Harbor. She is distinguished by a Tripod style forward Mast, the only one of her kind built for the USCG.

03/13/2021

Chelsea, Ma. 2020, Fitzgerald Shipyard
The restoration continues...progress appears slow but restoration of this type cannot be rushed.
Notice the large 5 bladed bronze propeller, the LV 112 was originally built with a 4 blade propeller. 1960 while still a Commissioned USCG vessel, she went thru a major overhaul at the Coast Guard Yard. The original Steam propulsion was removed. An 8 cylinder diesel Cooper-Bessemer engine was installed. More reliable and more power.
Propulsion on any Lightship wasn’t of major importance. The vessels were propelled to sail to Station and return to port when only Necessary.
They were anchored 24/7/365 stationary to mark their location, marking a danger to navigation on busy channels.

03/13/2021

August, 2020. Chelsea, Ma. Fitzgerald Shipyard
The NANTUCKET LV 112 was built in 1936, Steel Hull, riveted & welded. Steel in those days was a far superior, less impurities than today’s steel. Part of why this great vessel exists today.
The lower hull will be tested for thickness, weak rivets will be welded.
Most restoration will be in the forward hold area.

03/13/2021

August 23, 2020 Chelsea, Ma.
Fitzgerald Shipyard, the initial cleaning has been completed. The hull will be inspected for corrosion or damage. This is just the beginning....of the next few months..

03/13/2021

August 20, 2020 Chelsea Ma.

Fitzgerald Shipyard, Peter Fitzgerald guiding his team and watching every minute of the progress , slowly the NANTUCKET is rising out of the water. Safely and secure sitting on blocks... the Divers still in the water riding the drydock .

03/13/2021

August 20, 2020. Chelsea Ma.
Here is the machinery that makes it happen at the Fitzgerald Shipyard..
Link by Link..

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Does anyone know where all 3 of the Nantucket Lightships are presently? Few years ago, I was able to see 2 of them in New Bedford. The one that had just been brought up from Wareham (it's still there, saw it this weekend) and another that was berthed up with the big fishing boats. That one is gone now. Are there 2 docked in Boston now? Thanks
A floating Museum...one of only a dozen EX USCG Lightships existing in the USA.
Was on this ship nov 9 1973 on way to station ! With 20' seas !
Good event yesterday after the fog cleared (somewhat). Thanks to Bob and crew. Here's a link to the images I took from the top deck, includes some older shots of Lightships and Coastguard.