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Lightship designs by Elaine Myers from photos supplied and authorized for
use by USCG and from photos taken on travels around the United States
This set has 16 designs for the 4x4 hoop and is available in any format
Suitable for quilts, curtains, shirts,
totes, towels, clocks, coasters, napkins, etc.
has taken me a long time to research and compile this set of lightshipsâ€”to
my knowledge the only surviving recognizable floating lightships in
America. They are located in Alaska, along the west coast, Lake Huron and
the Atlantic coast. My husband and I have actually seen and photographed
most of these vessels. The sense of accomplishment when we find one is
something. Unlike a stationary lighthouse, lightships can be moved so
directions could lead us to an empty dock. At one time there were around
116(approx) of these vessels.
Lightships were employed where the water was too deep to construct a
lighthouse or it was impractical. The first lightships were located in the
lower Chesapeake Bay (1820) and the most stations were in 1915 when there
were 72 lightships manning 55 stations. The extra ships were used for
relief. Lightships displayed lights at the tops of their mast(s) and in
foggy areas sounded a bell or other fog signal such as a whistle, siren or
horn. In 1921, lightships began being equipped with radio beacons. The
last lightship was removed from the Nantucket Station in 1984.The
surviving lightships serve as museums, eateries or research vessels.
regulations on the painting of lightships---red. But you will notice
Huron is black.. Huron was painted black to conceal it during war and for
some unknown reason was never repainted red. These ships may look the same
at first glance, but surprisingly they are each quite different.
Lightship Umatilla is now a Marine Bio Research vessel in Alaska but were
she still in Lightship condition her hull would be red and her name
painted proudly on her side. 8 of these vessels are on the National
Historic Register. Each ship has her own stories and accomplishments. For
more information you can visit the USCG Historians site
or more specifically