August 2017

In this issue
Thursday, Aug. 31: See Boston Harbor Labor Day Weekend fireworks from decks of Nantucket/LV-112
Saturday, Aug. 19: LV-112 international radio
broadcast event
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lighthouse lovers!


If you love lighthouses and want to learn about these guiding lights and navigational aids all over the world, then The Lighthouse Directory is the website for you. It provides an astounding amount of information, linking to more than 17,200 of the world's lighthouses. Russ Rowlett, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, compiled the directory with the assistance of hundreds of lighthouse fans around the world who have enriched this site with their own information and suggestions. For a long time, Rowlett tried to maintain a list of lighthouses from his many friends and contacts, but it had grown too long (and too out of date) to display on the comprehensive site. Rowlett offers special thanks to Michel Forand for his suggestions and editing, touching essentially every page of the directory, and Jeremy D'Entremont, Ted Sarah and Klaus Huelse, each contributing in vital ways.

  The Maine
Lighthouse Museum

Another unique educational resource for U.S. Lighthouse history, Lifesaving and Lightship Services is the Maine Lighthouse Museum (MLM), located in Rockland, Maine, the heart of the Midcoast. Last October, the U.S. Lightship Museum presented a PowerPoint presentation at the MLM about U.S. lightships and Nantucket/LV-112.

The mission of the Maine Lighthouse Museum is to educate the public regarding the longstanding traditions, heroism and progress of America's Lighthouse and Lifesaving Services and the U.S. Coast Guard through the conservation and interpretation of the nation's most significant collection of lighthouse and lifesaving artifacts. From sparkling lenses to heartwarming stories of the keepers and their families, the Maine Lighthouse Museum is truly America's lighthouse museum. For more information, log on to the Maine Lighthouse Museum or call 207.594.3301.  



We salute our donors


American Express
Amex Industrial Services, Inc.
Association of Public Safety Communications Officials - Atlantic Chapter

BAE Systems
Bluefin Robotics

Boston Forge & Welding Corp. 

Boston Harbor
Shipyard & Marina
The Boston Foundation
ThreeBees Fund

California Public Safety Radio Association 

  Cameron International Corporation


Charitable Adult Rides and

Services, Inc.


Claflin & Son

Nautical Antiques


Crandall Dry Dock Engineers


Capt. Robertson P. Dinsmore Fund

Donahue, Tucker &

Ciandella, PLLC 


East Boston Foundation


Eastern Bank Charitable

Egan Maritime Institute,

Nantucket Shipwreck &

Lifesaving Museum


Fitzgerald Shipyard


Foss Maritime


Friends of the

Boston Harbor Islands


H&H Propeller, Inc.


J. Hewitt Marine

Electrical Services 


Kelly Automotive Group   


H.F. Lenfest Fund


The Lightship Group, LLC


McAllister Towing &
Transportation Co.


Joe and Pepette Mongrain

National Trust for    

Historic Preservation

New England 

Lighthouse Lovers 

New London Maritime Society and Custom House Maritime Museum 


The Sail Loft, LLC, Nantucket



Industrial Marine Coatings Division
T & M Services

 Town of Oyster Bay, 

Long Island, NY

 U.S. Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association 

 West Marine    

U.S. Lighthouse Society 

 USLM Members  

Verizon Foundation


Zuni Maritime Foundation

USS Zuni / USCG Tamaroa  

 Individual Donors



USLM is a member
of the following organizations


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HNSA Logo     


The flag of the United States Lighthouse Service


For more information about the U.S. Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association and the U.S. Lightship Service, click on logo    


Lightships, Lighthouses & Lifeboat Stations:
A Memoir and History

Lightships, Lighthouses & Lifeboat Stations is part history book, part memoir, written by Bernie Webber, recipient of the Coast Guard's highest award, the Gold Life-saving Medal, and hero of the Disney movie The Finest Hours. While the public will recognize Webber's name from the movie and the bestselling book by the same name, few people know that during his lengthy Coast Guard career he served on lightships (ships anchored in dangerous areas to warn other vessels of hazards) in addition to lifeboat stations (small boat rescue stations) and lighthouses. Webber poses the following question: "How did the lightship men cope with the isolation, constant loneliness, boredom, fear, or just sheer terror? All were part of life on board a lightship. Rough seas tossed the ship about, rearing up and down on the anchor chain. This was a world of isolation, noise from operating machinery, and blasts from the powerful foghorn that went on for hours, sometimes days, at a time." Webber answers that question in this book, drawing on a combination of personal experience and meticulous historical research. Discussions of men going mad, lightships being run down by larger ships, anchor chains breaking, and lightships cast upon shoals are offset by humorous stories and the author's reflections on his best days at sea. Fourteen historic photos are included, as well as a foreword by Michael Tougias.(reprinted from Amazon).

Help support the restoration of LV-112 by donating your old car and receive a tax deduction
How it works
We have teamed with Charitable Auto Resources, Inc. (CARS), to accept vehicle donations across the United States. Once  you contact our customer service representative about making a donation, everything will be taken care of, including a receipt for your tax records. Sale proceeds will be donated to the USLM in your name. Donating your vehicle to the U.S. Lightship Museum is as easy as calling our representative toll-free at 855-500-7433.  For more information, click here.    

Explore the oceans in depth and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with
Oceanus magazine
Celebrate Boston Harbor Fireworks on the decks of  Nantucket/LV-112
Thursday, August 31, Labor Day Weekend  

Boston Harbor Labor Day Weekend fireworks as seen from Nantucket Lightship/LV-112. Photo: Steve Gilbert
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 31, 7pm to 10pm (fireworks start at nightfall).
WHO'S INVITED: Anyone who wants to reserve a spot and join us on Nantucket/LV-112's weather deck, with friends and family to watch a spectacular fireworks display in Boston's inner harbor. Nantucket Lightship/LV-112's berth has one of the best views of Boston's vibrant city skyline from the East Boston waterfront.

City of Boston skyline as seen from Nantucket/LV-112

Picnic supper, your favorite beverages, beach/lawn chairs to sit on the decks of Nantucket/LV-112, which will remain at the dock. We'll supply the ship, panoramic views and lively music, and the ship's powerful rotating light beacon will be activated just before the fireworks begin.

WHY: We want to show you our restoration progress. Plus this is a fundraising event for LV-112, for which we still have much work to do; visit our Facebook page. The ship's restoration solely depends on the generous contributions of corporations, private foundations, maritime enthusiasts and individuals such as you.

RESERVATIONS: We request a $25 donation per person. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on EventBrite.

WHERE: LV-112 is berthed at the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, 256 Marginal St., East Boston, MA; directions. There's free parking at the marina, but it's limited due to holiday weekend volume.

Best option is public transportation. MBTA Subway: take Blue Line to Maverick Station, walk to shipyard/marina (approx. 15 walk),  view walking route. Water Taxi to Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, stop #68 view map.
For more information, contact: 617.797.0135 or email.

Tours of LV-112 will be available before the fireworks begin

Just before the fireworks begin, LV-112's main rotating light beacon will be activated, as shown recently during National Lighthouse Day. Photo: Ron Janard
International radio broadcast event on Nantucket Lightship/LV-112
Saturday, August 19

Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 radio room, 1936. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard
For the eighth consecutive year, LV-112 will participate in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW), a HAM radio event. On Saturday, August 19 (10am-4pm), Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 visitors can talk and listen to other HAM radio operators from lighthouses and other lightships from around the world, utilizing LV-112's antennas. We also will be communicating in Morse code. This annual amateur radio event, which started in Scotland in 1993, attracts more than 500 lighthouses and lightships from over 40 countries. Although, the ILLW is celebrated August 19-20, Nantucket/LV-112 will only be participating on August 19. Our HAM call sign is W1NLS.

HAM radio operators in Nantucket/LV-112's radio room: (from left) 1959 LV-112 crew member Bob Burbank, Mike Rioux and Bob Reiser

The event is always held on the third full weekend in August. It coincides with the Sunday of "International Lighthouse Day," an event organized by the Association of Lighthouse Keepers in which lighthouses worldwide are open to the public. In addition to promoting amateur radio and international goodwill, the event promotes awareness of lighthouses and lightships, which are fast becoming endangered species due to GPS, satellite navigation and automation of light sources to solar power. It is hoped the event will heighten awareness of preserving these magnificent structures.

Nantucket Lightship/LV-66, 1901. Marconi wireless telegraph equipment was installed on LV-66 experimentally from 1901 to 1904, when the equipment was permanently installed and placed in service. This was the first U.S. lightship permanently equipped with this capability for operational use
Help support Nantucket/LV-112's restoration when you shop on Amazon with AmazonSmile
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Become a USLM member today
For a gift of $1,000 or more, donors will receive a limited-edition, fine-art print of the SS United States passing Nantucket/LV-112, signed by marine artist Gerald Levey
When you become a member of the U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM), you will be helping rescue and preserve Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a National Historic Landmark and National Treasure that is an important part of our nation's maritime heritage. Plus you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are a contributing partner in the legacy of the world's most famous and largest U.S. lightship ever built. The USLM is a member of the Council of Maritime Museums (CAMM) and the Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA). All USLM members will be granted reciprocal privileges (free admission) at participating CAMM institutions. For more information about the benefits and the USLM Membership program, click on USLM Membership.


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We thank everyone for their ongoing
contributions and support

The United States Lightship Museum 

The U.S. Lightship Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and preservation of Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a National Historic Landmark and a National Treasure. LV-112 is a museum and floating learning center, open to the general public -- a place for people of all ages to learn about our nation's seafaring history and the technologies that advanced the nautical and marine sciences.