December 2016  

In this issue
Season's Greetings!
Appreciating your support
Seafarers' holiday trip
January 1, 2017
Maritime heritage tours
Passionate lighthouse
lover and climber
USLM joins in a 'Plastics Pollution in the World's Oceans' workshop
Celebrating 'Built in the USA'
Part 1
USLM membership




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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Rowlett tried to maintain a list of lighthouses from his many friends and contacts, but it had grown too long (and too out of date) to display on the comprehensive site.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.  



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Teach children about lightships with the book


Editorial From School  
Library Journal 

Kindergarten-Grade 2: Lightships were anchored where lighthouses could not be built. They protected our ocean harbors as well as points along the Great Lakes. The last one ( Nantucket/LV-613 ) was decommissioned in 1983, so this fascinating picture book is a piece of nautical history. Brian Floca's watercolor drawings depict daily life aboard one of these vessels, cooking, sleeping, working, all the while rolling with the rhythm of the waves. Many hazards were involved. Big ships came too close, anchors lost their mooring, and weather caused many problems. But when the fog rolled in, the lightship sprang into action. Lights flashed and horns sounded, allowing ship traffic to make it "through fog and night, past rocks and shoals, past reefs and wrecks, past danger." The drawings are very detailed. Some pages are collages of small scenes. Many are full spreads. The sailors' facial expressions are amusing to watch, and the resident cat appears on almost every page. The front and back endpapers show a cutaway view of one of the vessels. This fascinating, little-known slice of history should prove interesting to every child who loves big boats.
-- Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI  (review originally published by Reed Business Information, Inc.) 

The book Lightship , by Brian Floca, can be purchased on . For more information about lightships, click on Brian Floca's blog .

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

Lead, Kindly Light
By John Henry Newman

"Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th'encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!
So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on.
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!
Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life."

Note: "Lead Kindly Light" was a poem originally written by John Henry Newman (1801-1890), who was 33 years old when he found himself on a boat from the Sicilian city of Palermo to Marseille, France. Newman, who was recovering after being dangerously ill with a fever, was on the boat to return to his native England when he penned the lyrics to "Lead, Kindly Light." The context that Newman was recovering from a frightening illness in the middle of the sea gives insight to the lyrics.


Photo above: Pigeon Point Lighthouse in California, by Darvin Atkeson


Poem posted on
LV-112 while in service on Nantucket Shoals Lightship Station

"When a sailor gets to thinking
He is one of the best
Let him ship out on a lightship
And take the acid test.
And if he feels like bragging
I don't think that all of his tales
Will be of deep sea sailing
But of the ship that never

Poem provided by Peter Brunk,
USCG-Ret., Commanding Officer,
Nantucket/LV-112, 1970-71, who serves on the USLM Board of Directors


2016 is the 
300th anniversary of Boston Light
Click link for more about Boston Light


The Sinking of the U-853
by Capt. William Palmer

When the German enemy submarine U-853 entered U.S. waters off Portland, Maine in 1945, it torpedoed and sank the USS Eagle-56. Nantucket/LV-112, converted to an Examination vessel, USS Nantucket (1942-45) during WWII, helped save the crew of the USS Eagle-56This is a book about the  U-853 story, researched, experienced and written by Capt. Bill Palmer , a long-time shipwreck researcher, diver and preservationist.
Description of book: "Out in the cold Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rhode Island, lies the remains of what was once a feared and mighty hunter. It's not a fish or shark, for that matter it is not even a marine creature. It's what men feared the most when they went to sea aboard their vessel back during the World War II years. It's a German Submarine called a U-Boat. The U-853 was the last German submarine sunk in World War II. She was sunk with all hands just minutes before World War II ended. The once mighty hunter feared by all who put to sea, now lies in 130 feet of water off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, her grave marked only by a circle on the nautical charts, DANGER Unexploded Depth Charges, May 1945."
Palmer has been running a charter boat for wreck diving and shark fishing and shark cage diving off the coast of Rhode Island and Connecticut for 40 years.

German U-boat attack off Portland, Maine, during WWII, involving
LV-112 (USS Nantucket)
It is the story of a small U.S. sub-chaser, the Eagle 56, caught in the crosshairs of a German U-boat, the  U-853, whose brazen commander doomed his own crew in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to record final kills before his country's imminent defeat a few weeks later in May. And it is the account of how one man, Paul M. Lawton, embarked on an unrelenting quest for the truth and changed naval history.
For more information, log onto: " Due to Enemy Action"

"In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the U.S. Coast Guard (Bernie Webber and three other crewmen) set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly sinking vessel. 'The Finest Hours' is the story of their heroic mission, which is still considered the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history." 
(Michelle McCue, 9/9/14)

Bernie Webber (later served on Nantucket/LV-112, 1958-60) and the three other crewmen were awarded the coveted USCG Gold Lifesaving Medal for their heroism in what is considered by maritime historians to be "the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history." Mr. Webber, who was a member of the USCG Lightship Sailors Association, was extremely helpful in assisting the USLM-Nantucket/LV-112 compile research information and historic documents about LV-112. He was a pleasure and honor to work with. Bernie passed away in January 2009. He was considered "A Real American Hero" and is dearly missed.

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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 .

Season's Greetings!
Appreciating the gift of giving

A seagoing Santa pulling alongside a U.S. lightship on a wintry day to deliver gifts to the lightship sailors.
Credit: Cover illustration on U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) publication, December 1940
The U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM) is sincerely thankful and wants to express its gratitude to the many individuals, from youngsters to former USCG LV-112 crew members and other committed volunteers, who have shared their passion, time and funds to save the historic Nantucket Lightship/LV-112. In addition to individuals nationwide, our financial contributors include private foundations, historic preservation organizations and corporations. Many of our volunteers are multi-talented and help with key tasks such as repairs, restoration, guided tours, administration, cleaning and creative arts.

Capt. Robertson Dinsmore (USCG, USMS, Ret.) has been a volunteer and financial contributer since the USLM acquired LV-112 in late 2009. In addition, he has donated several ship models to the USLM. Bob also is a USLM director

In addition, we thank representatives and employees who serve in local, state and federal governments who have helped the USLM in the past and continue to help us better serve the public. If it were not for the generosity and ongoing commitment of our volunteers and financial donors, Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 would just be a memory.

Volunteer Jim Hewitt restores  LV-112's main electrical distribution center. Jim has been volunteering with the USLM since we acquired the historic ship in late 2009. A retired shipyard and marine electrician, Jim is responsible for bringing LV-112 back to life electrically, from a "dead ship" to a vessel with nearly all electrical service operational. He also volunteers for other historic ships 

Eagle Scouts help paint in LV-112's starboard passageway

John Rogers, an East Boston public school teacher who volunteers his time helping with the USLM's educational programs, also is a USLM director and clerk
We also are especially grateful to the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina for generously donating Nantucket/LV-112's berth since 2010, when the USLM rescued LV-112 from destruction and brought the famous floating lighthouse back to its original home port of Boston, 35 years after the historic lightship was decommissioned by the USCG in Boston.

Susan Oliveira, a USLM director and treasurer, also helps with ship upkeep and USLM Boy Scout activities

Bob Burbank, a former USCG LV-112 crew member in 1959, helps with guided tours


We are composed entirely of dedicated volunteers. Since acquiring the ship in late 2009, rescuing it from years of neglect, we have raised funds to restore approximately 50 percent of the ship, including completing over 95 percent

Volunteer Michael Mannino prepares to climb the main mast of LV-112 to take structural measurements. A graphic designer, he also volunteers a lot of time to help the USLM with photo retouching and preparing print and electronic fundraising and communication materials
of LV-112's exterior restoration. These efforts have stabilized the historic vessel from further deterioration and returned it to seaworthy condition.

Since arriving back in Boston in 2010, Nantucket/LV-112 has reopened as a museum and floating learning center, reaching out to diverse populations of all ages and backgrounds. Instructors from learning institutions and youth organizations coordinate educational programs with the museum. In particular, the museum serves as a field-trip destination for schoolchildren and youth groups including underserved inner-city children and children at risk. Our visitors also include scouting groups, veterans, maritime preservation societies and lighthouse enthusiasts from around the world.

Although we still have a long way to go to complete LV-112's restoration, the ship is open to the general public for tours, to learn from and enjoy. This National Historic Landmark and National Treasure is a living time capsule. We are striving to inspire and motivate today's youths to become our nation's historic preservationists of tomorrow.
Volunteer Melvin Calles, a professional welder, helps restore LV-112's railings
Our efforts to restore and preserve Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 would not be possible if it were not for our donors and volunteers. LV-112's bright and guiding light beacons now shine, radio signals are broadcast, and its powerful, deep-throated fog horn blasts again, celebrated each year on National Lighthouse Day, as a result of the commitment and generosity of our donors and volunteers. Please continue to support our cause. Once again, thank you all!

Volunteer Melvin Callas welds new bollard to the barge that he fabricated for LV-112's berth
Seafarers' holiday trip:
January 1, 2017
Tickets NOW available

Thompson Island, 2008

For those of you who want to explore the beauty and fascinating history of the Boston Harbor Islands, Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands (FBHI) are sponsoring a New Years Day trip to Thompson Island. This annual boat trip is the best way to start the New Year! Participants will visit Thompson Island with its meadows, forests, beaches and 40-acre salt marsh. Click on TICKET.
Pack a picnic, explore on your own or take a tour with an FBHI volunteer. There will be a building open for warm-up space and a book and merchandise sales table. Park policy is no pets and no alcohol.

You will travel on MV Freedom, which holds 300 people and is heated. The trip will depart at 12:00 p.m. sharp and return to the dock at 4:00 p.m. MV Freedom departs from Rowes Wharf; board at Mass Bay Lines, behind the Boston Harbor Hotel. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the trip (cash, check and credit cards accepted), but it's best to reserve in advance.

The FBHI of spirited volunteers has worked on behalf of the islands for more than three decades. The nonprofit group leads tours, provides visitor service, and hosts activities and educational programs. 
Maritime heritage tours

One of many Boston Harbor tour vessels pass by LV-112 with their tour guides, who narrate the lightship's unique history to thousands of passengers from spring through the fall seasons.
In 2017, Nantucket/LV-112 will be included in a new maritime heritage program that also will offer tours to other unique historic sites in Massachusetts. The program is organized in conjunction with the UMass Boston Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston is a membership-based community of mature adults who enjoy learning and want to spend time with like-minded people. OLLI's mission is to foster accessible lifelong learning, individual growth, and social connection for mature learners age 50+ by providing stimulating opportunities to enrich the intellectual, social and cultural lives of members, regardless of educational background.
Passionate lighthouse lover and climber, age 12

Coco begins her climb up LV-112's 68-foot foremast

Coco Andersen, a 12-year-old experienced climber, loves exploring historic lighthouses with her dad, Larry Andersen, a professional videographer, editor and writer who is volunteering his time to chronicle former LV-112 crew members. We met Larry and Coco in 2014 when he featured LV-112 in the Boston Film Festival's introduction and preview trailer. Larry is also an avid sailor, which allows him to explore New England's offshore lighthouses with Coco.

Coco has climbed the 113-foot Graves Light structure, the tallest lighthouse in the approaches to the port of Boston, located on the outermost island of Boston Harbor
Graves Island lighthouse is privately owned by Massachusetts residents, Dave and Lynn Waller, who purchased the historic light beacon in 2013 through a General Services Administration (GSA) auction. However, the active navigation aids on Graves Light are still maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Dave Waller is presently restoring the lighthouse structure.   For more information about Graves Light, click here .

Coco stands on the walkway surrounding the top of Graves Light, outside the lantern gallery, overlooking the approach to Boston Harbor
USLM joins in a 'Plastics Pollution in the World's Oceans' workshop sponsored by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/
Sea Grant Program

Jeffrey Brodeur, a Woods Hole Sea Grant presenter, instructs teachers enrolled in the workshop from New England area schools during the on-site coastal field study portion of the workshop. This segment of the workshop involves cleanup and collection of debris washed up on the beach and detailed data reporting and documentation
The USLM continues its enrollment in the Professional Development Sea Grant Workshops for Educators in an effort to offer students enhanced, timely and relevant oceanographic educational programs that replicate  Nantucket/LV-112's participation with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's ( WHOI) past partnership with LV-112 when it was a commissioned USCG lightship.

Students extract a plankton specimen, captured in a tow net off LV-112, for viewing under the microscope

The USLM is a staunch supporter of teaching students at a young age to become aware of their environment, especially the environmental effects of pollution impacting our food chain from the earth's oceans. Our most recent workshop focused on the problems that discarded plastic waste causes to the ocean environment. More than 5 trillion items of discarded and deteriorated plastic litter, weighing over 250,000 tons, are afloat at sea.
The ongoing Woods Hole Sea Grant professional development workshops for educators, based at WHOI, assist educators in preparing curricula or teaching units on subjects in oceanography. Packets of outreach and curriculum materials for elementary, secondary and continuing adult education are prepared by various WHOI offices. This most recent workshop focused on plastics pollution and the negative impact it has on the oceans, wildlife, organisms and potentially humans. Workshop presenters were Dr. Tracy Mincer of the WHOI Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, and Jeffery Brodeur, Woods Hole communications and outreach specialist.

Several 5-gallon buckets of miscellaneous plastic litter were collected by workshop participants. More than 180 species of animals are known to have ingested plastic debris, including birds, fish, turtles and marine mammals
In addition, the workshop included classroom and on-site coastal field work, involving debris cleanup, reporting and documentation. During the field study portion, within a relatively short amount of time, workshop attendees collected several 5-gallon buckets containing a variety of plastic waste debris such as polypropylene rope, plastic bottles, cups, deteriorated plastic toys, and fishing line/netting, that had washed up from the tidal currents.

Jeffrey M. Brodeur, communications and outreach specialist for the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program, holds a plastic waste treatment filtration disc found on the beach, one of millions accidentally released in 2011 and still washing up on New England coastal beaches, including Falmouth, MA

In March 2011, an estimated 4 million sewage disks were accidentally released into the Merrimack River from a wastewater treatment facility in Hooksett, NH, following heavy rainstorms. To date, an estimated 4 million disks have been recovered from the 4.3 million determined to have been released. The 2 1/2"-diameter plastic disks have been found along the coast, from Maine to Long Island, NY.

A sea turtle with a partially ingested shredded and discarded sheet of plastic. Many incidents such as this harm and disfigure marine life and coastal wildlife

The Woods Hole Sea Grant and WHOI Professional Development Workshops for Educators is an excellent resource for teachers who learn information that ultimately can be passed on to students, helping them better understand our earth's environment, wildlife, and the positive or negative impact that can affect our health. For more information about the workshops, contact Katherine Madin, PhD, (508) 289-3639 or
Celebrating 'Built in the USA': 
Part 1

Nantucket/LV-112 at the Pusey and Jones Corporation shipyard in Wilmington, DE, upon completion in 1936. Photo credit: Hagley Museum

LV-112 bronze builders plaque

This is the first article in two-part series. Part 2 will appear in the next USLM eNews.

U.S. lightships are more than just floating lighthouses. They also represent a significant segment and evolution of American ingenuity, innovation, state-of-the-art design and construction, and high-quality craftsmanship. Their many years of service represent our nation's evolving culture. Presently, 15 U.S. lightships still exist. Six are privately owned. Nine are nonprofit museums and National Historic Landmarks open to the general public, with five located on the East Coast, one on the Great Lakes and three on the West Coast. Preserving these unique vessels is just as important as preserving other historic places that represent our nation's heritage.

Nantucket/LV-112's stern section under construction at the Pusey and Jones Corporation shipyard, 1935. Photo credit: Hagley Museum

A total of 179 U.S. lightships were designed and constructed in the United States between 1820 through 1952 by skilled craftsman and tradesman utilizing high-quality materials and equipment manufactured in the United States. These floating lighthouses were built at numerous private shipyards across our nation, contracted by the federal government. A number of lightships were also built in U.S. Navy and USCG shipyards. In addition, other components (engines, rigging, steel, miscellaneous metals, electrical components, electronic equipment, piping, navigational equipment, etc.) were produced and manufactured by individual U.S. contractors, such as General Electric, Westinghouse, Carnegie/Bethlehem Steel, General Motors, Motorola and Raytheon.
These critically important floating sentinels were built when virtually all of our nation's products and materials were manufactured in the United States and when skilled craftsman and artisans took a tremendous amount of pride in their respective trade.

To be continued in next edition of the USLM eNews.

The Cunard-White Star Line's RMS Aquatania passes Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 on the remote Nantucket Shoals Lightship Station, steaming into New York Harbor, from Southhampton, England (c. 1938). Credit: Oil on canvas painting by Gerald Levey
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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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.