December 2021
Keep Nantucket/LV-112’s guiding light shining
and powerful foghorn booming!

Click the arrow above to see and hear Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 on National Lighthouse Day. When the U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM) acquired LV-112 in late 2009, it was a "dead ship"; nothing was operational on the historic floating lighthouse. As a result of donors' generous contributions, the USLM has brought LV-112 back to life. Today, the majority of the ship's onboard systems are in working order, including its powerful foghorn and main rotating light beacon, designed to be seen 23 miles at sea.
Your generous gift will help us achieve our restoration goals in preserving Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a National Historic Landmark and National Treasure, which is a critically important part of our nation's maritime heritage. Your donation also will advance our educational programs. To view our most recent newsletter, which highlights latest happenings on the lightship, click here.
Donations of $25 or more entitle you to a
U.S. Lightship Museum membership
In addition to your membership allowing free admission on LV-112, the USLM is a member of the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM). As a member of the USLM you also will receive a CAMM "Admission Privilege Card." This card, when presented with your USLM membership card at a participating CAMM institution, will entitle you to free admission. For a list of participating CAMM museums, click here.
The U.S. Lightship Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. It's not too late to receive a 2021 tax deduction for your contribution. You can donate online by clicking here or on the "Donate" button below (before midnight, December 31, 2021), or you can write a check payable to: USLM Nantucket/LV-112 and mail it to: U.S. Lightship Museum, PO Box 454, Amesbury, MA 01913. To be eligible for a 2021 tax deduction, checks can be received by the USLM after Jan. 1, 2022, as long as the check is dated on or before Dec. 31, 2021.
LV-112 crew members celebrate Christmas in 1959 in the crew's quarters with "decorations and goodies from home" (in photo, garland and Christmas tree bulbs hang from the overhead). At the time, LV-112 (also known as WAL-534 and WLV-534), was anchored offshore on Nantucket Shoals Lightship Station, 100 miles off the U.S. mainland in nearly 200 feet of water. Photo credit: "Lightships, Lighthouses, & Lifeboat Stations" by Bernie Webber, who served on Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 from 1958-60.
Your donor dollars at work
The restoration work presently underway is made possible by the generosity and commitment of donors and volunteers. Everyone who has donated money, in-kind donations and volunteered their time and efforts can take credit for helping rescue Nantucket/LV-112 from near destruction and assisting with rehabilitating LV-112 back to its former glory. After the recent dry-dock restoration, which was completed in March 2021, LV-112’s most critical phase of structural restoration is virtually accomplished. 
Nantucket Lightship/LV-112's homeport berth in Boston Harbor, 2021
Nantucket Lightship/LV-112's first dry-docking under the U.S. Lightship Museum's (USLM) ownership was completed in 2011-12 at the Fitzgerald Shipyard, Chelsea, MA (Boston Harbor). The USLM assumed ownership of LV-112 in late 2009, rescuing the famed lightship and National Historic Landmark from scrapping after many years of neglect. It was the first time in 20 years that the ship had been dry-docked. Standing in the foreground is Peter Brunk (USCG, Ret.), who from 1970-71 served as LV-112's commanding officer. Peter is a member of the USLM Board of Directors. The photo below shows how the lightship hull looked after the 2011-12 restoration, with the Fitzgerald Shipyard crew who performed the work.
With eight years of marine growth below the waterline, the 2020 photo above shows the lightship's hull prior to its second dry-docking at the Fitzgerald Shipyard, 2020-21. This dry-docking encompassed LV-112's most critical and comprehensive restoration, involving major structural steel project work in the ship's bow section, which had endured the most stress while anchored at sea on Nantucket Shoals Lightship Station for 39 years (1936-75). The photo below is LV-112 after the 2020-21 restoration, ready for launching.
At left, after restoration in 2021: LV-112 floor frames in lower hold. At right, before restoration: severe corrosion of floor frames after 85 years of exposure to sea water.
LV-112's windlass room after the 2020-21 restoration.
Restored forward area of anchor windlass room with main and auxilliary anchor chains leading to both anchors, 2020-21 restoration.
Restored anchor manger, prior to reinstalling restored anchor chain, 2020-21.
LV-112 anchor manger prior to the 2020-21 restoration reveals severely corroded structural steel sections. The severity of the corrosion from seawater penetration during LV-112's service as a U.S. Coast Guard floating lighthouse (1936-75) was not discovered until the 26 tons of anchor chain was removed. This work had to be done to prevent a potential catastrophic failure of the structure, dislodging shell plating below the waterline.
The photo above shows LV-112 lower forward storage hold during the restoration that is now underway. This entire area has been completely sandblasted (removal of old deteriorated lead-based paint) with new ABS pre-primed steel plating fabricated and welded into place, replacing large sections of corroded watertight bulkheads that were no longer watertight. The completion of this area also will involve applying protective industrial marine coatings.
Before and after 2020-21 restoration: LV-112 stern-section ship’s stores in the lower hold. This area of the ship was cleaned and prepped, and new coatings were applied. The next step is detailing the proper identification with label plates and stenciling on the watertight compartments, making the identification historically accurate.
In 2020, contractors from the Lightship Group, LLC, remove anchor capstan and expose the 85-year-old, original decayed base pad made from longleaf yellow pine. Amazingly, once the unpainted wood was exposed, it still had its original strong odor of pine resin. Many years ago, longleaf yellow pine was commonly used in shipbuilding during the age of sail. 
The USLM contracted Bristol Marine shipyard in Boothbay Harbor, ME, to construct a new duplicate capstan base pad, made from old growth longleaf yellow pine. Bristol Marine was selected because of their years of expertise and skills with historic wood hull restoration and construction. They are presently restoring the historic Essex (MA)-built (1894) schooner Ernestina-Morrissey (Effie M. Morrissey), which measures 152 feet length overall. At right, ULSM volunteer Rob Nickologianis transports the new base pad to LV-112.
This photo shows the neglected condition of Nantucket LV-112 in 2009, when ownership was assumed by the U.S. Lightship Museum. At the time, LV-112 was a "dead ship" — nothing on board the ship was operational. It was berthed in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY at the time, virtually neglected for many years and on the verge of being scrapped. Through the commitment and generous support of our donors and volunteers, Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 has been brought back to life for all to enjoy and learn from. Although LV-112's restoration has taken longer than anticipated, the generosity and support of the USLM's donors and volunteers has been transformational and helped us achieve nearly 70 percent completion. However, we still have a way to go before LV-112's restoration is essentially completed, which will require additional funding.
In 2009, marine surveyor Charlie Deroko from Brooklyn, NY, conducted a "trip and tow" survey of LV-112's exterior shell plating of the entire waterline area of the endangered lightship. This portion of the survey was required to check for weak, vulnerable and risky sections of shell plating that could pose a potential seawater-leakage problem during a tow. During the ship's tow to Boston in May 2010, which took a day and a half, LV-112 encountered some rough and anxiety-producing seas, but the tow went well. 
A considerable portion of the remainder of LV-112's restoration involves cleaning, prepping and applying protective coatings to the bilge areas of the auxiliary and main engine rooms (shown at left), in addition to the emptied water and fuel tanks as well as the trim tanks in the stern. Lead paint mitigation and re-coating the living quarters and engine rooms is also required. We also need to restore and replace floor tile coverings. All restoration work is performed in accordance to protecting the historic integrity of the lightship, which represents the 1936-75 time frame as a commissioned U.S. Coast Guard light vessel.
A crew of volunteers and former Nantucket/LV-112 crew members pose for a photo on the foredeck of LV-112, January 10, 2010, at Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY. It was a bitterly cold weekend (10 degrees F.). A committed group of retired sailors from the USCG Lightship Sailors Association traveled from all over the United States to help prepare LV-112 for its journey back to its original homeport of Boston. In addition, local Oyster Bay residents also volunteered their time in this challenging effort.
U.S. Lightship Museum receives grant from the East Boston Foundation 
The East Boston Foundation (EBF) has awarded the U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM) a $12,500 grant towards updating the USLM's website in conjunction with its Candlepower educational program. The USLM is presently seeking a matching grant to help fund the remainder of funding required for the program. The EBF is funded in part by the Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort). In addition, the EBF has been a longtime supporter of the USLM since 2013, awarding several generous grants directed to the restoration of LV-112 and its educational programs. The USLM is sincerely grateful for the many years of support it has provided tp the USLM's historic cause. 
East Boston fourth-grade students access the USLM's Candlepower educational program on computers in their school classrooms, prior to visiting the lightship. This online pilot program showcases historical events and also includes cause-and-effect problem solving.
Meet the ultimate beneficiaries of your
generous contributions
The U.S. Lightship Museum’s (USLM) mission is two-fold: (1) to restore and preserve Nantucket/LV-112, a National Historic Landmark and floating learning center, and (2) to provide educational programs to the general public, especially inspiring grade-school students in the areas of oceanography, the nautical, marine environment and climate/weather sciences, maritime crafts, history and historic preservation. The USLM’s goal is to make learning fun and rewarding. A significant portion of the USLM’s education initiative is outreach to schools, local and national maritime organizations, and public institutions.
Standing in LV-112's engine room entrance above the main engine, this young girl turns to the chapter on lightship engine rooms in her book "Lightship" by Brian Floca. Emeline first learned about lightships in the book she borrowed from the public library in Portland, ME, which inspired her to visit an actual lightship. Nantucket/LV-112 is the closest lightship museum to Portland, where she lives. As she toured LV-112, she compared the lightship compartments in the book to those in LV-112. There are nine lightship museums in the United States. Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 is the only one in New England.
The photos above represent the wide range of visitors who annually come to tour Nantucket/LV-112. In photo at bottom left, John Rogers, an East Boston school teacher and an LV-112 volunteer, helps students collect plankton with a tow net to view under a microscope on board LV-112. While in service as a commissioned USCG lightship on Nantucket Shoals Lightship Station, LV-112 was also an oceanographic research and reporting station working in conjunction with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In addition, the ship served as a weather reporting station for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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help LV-112's
light beacon
keep shining
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For a gift of $1,000 or more, donors will receive a limited-edition, fine-art print of the SS United States passing Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, painted by the late marine artist Gerald Levey.

Discover the value-added membership benefits when you become a member of the U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM). The USLM is a member of the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM). 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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ACK Marine and General Contracting, LLC

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
Burnham Associates, Inc.
Burnham Marine

California Public Safety Radio Association 

Cameron International Corporation

Charitable Adult Rides and
Services, Inc.
City of Boston
Community Preservation Act

C/J Towing & Recovery
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

SR Johnson Fund
Kelly Automotive Group  
H.F. Lenfest Fund
The Lightship Group, LLC
McAllister Towing &
Transportation Co.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Joe and Pepette Mongrain

National Park Service
Save America's Treasures 
National Trust for   
Historic Preservation
New England 
Lighthouse Lovers 

New London Maritime Society and Custom House Maritime Museum

Patriot Marine, LLC
The Sail Loft, LLC, Nantucket
Industrial Marine Coatings Division

State Street Corporation
T & M Services

Town of Oyster Bay, 
Long Island, NY

U.S. Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association 

West Marine   
U.S. Lighthouse Society
Westerbeke Company

USLM Members  

Verizon Foundation
Zuni Maritime Foundation
USS Zuni / USCG Tamaroa  

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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.