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United State Lightship 83 (LV 83 / WAL 508)

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The LV 83 (WAL-508) outfitted for war. Many of the lightships were armed and served as examination vessels outside of the major ports of the U.S. during the war while others remained on duty as lightships. The LV 83 was redesignated as a "YN" vessel--a net tender--for the course of the war and served as an examination vessel for San Francisco. She returned to lightship duty at the end of the war and remained in service until 1960.
U.S.C.G. 83 -- BROAD ON BOW; General Engineering & Drydock Company, Alameda, California, 1942 August 19." Photo No. 6689-4L; 19 August 1942; photographer unknown.

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Album name:mitko / US - California and Hawaii
Rating (1 votes):55555(Show details)
Current status (active, not active, museum etc):Decommissioned Jul 18, 1960; donated Oct 1, 1963 to Northwest Seaport, Seattle WA for use as floating museum, marked RELIEF; currently being restored; one of 3 oldest surviving lightships and the oldest on the West Coast; retains original steam propulsion
Construction details (year of built, shape etc):1904, LENGTH: 129'0" (loa); BEAM: 28'6"; DRAFT: 12'6"; TONNAGE: 668 displ
Any other comments:1942-1945: during WWII withdrawn from station and based at San Francisco as examination vessel; armed with an Army 3-pounder. Classed as "YN" - net tender during the period
Coordinates (in any format):1905-1930: Blunts Reef (CA) 1930-1942: San Francisco (CA) 1942-1945: Examination Vessel, WWII 1945-1951: San Francisco (CA) 1951-1960: Relief (West Coast)
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Date added:Apr 07, 2012
Keywords:California ; Lightship ; Pacific ocean ; Historic
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