Nantucket Lightship


Temporary Location: Oyster Bay Waterfront Center.

Description: 148 feet in length, two masts, red hull, with "Nantucket" in white.

History of lightship:

  • 1934: Nantucket Lightship (LV 117) is sunk by the liner Olympic. British government offers to pay for replacement, as reparations.

  • 1936: LV 112 is launched, and put on station at Nantucket Shoals, where she spent nearly all her service.

  • 1942-1954: Served as an examination vessel during the war.

  • 1958-1960: Served as a relief vessel.

  • 1975: Decommissioned.

Current use: Under restoration.

The surrounding area: Oyster Bay is an old Long Island port. Cold Spring Harbor, including the Whaling Museum, is nearby.

Public access? Can be seen from dock.

Other information: Largest lightship ever built in United States.


Nantucket Lightship
(photo by Diane Mancini)



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