Nantucket Lightship/LV-112



Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 selected as National Treasure

National Treasures

In 2012 Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 was designated a National Treasure (one of 32 historic sites in the United States) by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Nantucket / LV-112 featured on television

Channel 5 The Boston Channel

Once again, Nantucket / LV-112 was a featured segment on ABC-TV Boston affiliate, WCVB's Chronicle HD (2012). Chronicle is on at 7:30 pm from Monday through Friday every week and mostly features stories about New England events and places. LV-112 was included in a segment about the City of Chelsea, Massachusetts. A section of Chelsea is on the Boston Harbor waterfront and is home to the historic Fitzgerald Shipyard. LV-112 is shown in dry-dock at the shipyard, undergoing its first major phase of restoration. In addition, LV-112's home port was the United States Light House Service (USLHS), Second District Depot from 1936-1939. The USLHS merged with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in 1939. Boston was the USCG's First District Headquarters. Nantucket / LV-112 always operated out of Chelsea / Boston from 1936 until she was decommissioned in 1975.

In 2010/2011, Nantucket / LV-112 was a featured segment on ABC-TV Boston affiliate, WCVB's Chronicle HD. LV-112 was included on a segment about the Boston "Harborwalk," where the city meets the sea, and is open to all: 39 miles of waterfront access that can be explored by foot and other transportation alternatives.


PowerShips Magazine LV-112 featured in issue of "PowerShips" magazine

Steamship Historical Society of America publishes PowerShips, The Magazine of Engine-Powered Vessels. Launched in 1940 as The Steamboat Bill of Facts, this quarterly magazine has been published continuously for 71 years, without interruption.This 88-page magazine includes regional columns from across the United States and overseas, special columns on cruise ships, yachts, tugboats, reviews of newly published maritime books and much more. PowerShips, (LV‑112 feature).


Nantucket / LV-112 moves back home to Boston

Nantucket / LV-112 being towed by the tugboat Lynx, heading east-bound from Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY to Boston on the Cape Cod Canal, May 2010.

After being stranded and virtually neglected at the public pier in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY for eight years, Nantucket / LV-112 was finally towed on May 10th by the tugboat Lynx to Boston Harbor. LV-112 arrived on May 11, 2010, was welcomed by former crewmembers, National Park Service personnel and the general public. The historic LV-112 had not been back to Boston since the U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned her in 1975.

The U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM - new owners of LV-112) is extremely grateful to everyone that helped with LV-112’s transport / rescue and continues to assist with the ship’s preservation. In addition, the USLM is especially thankful to the Town of Oyster Bay, NY and it’s residents for their patience and support. For more information about LV-112’s transport, log on to: the USCG Lightship Sailors Association. Photo: Courtesy of Ron Janard


Sea HistoryLV-112 is featured in Sea History Magazine

Co-authored by Robert Mannino, Jr. and Donald Whitehead, Nantucket Lightship / LV-112 is featured in the Spring 2009 issue of Sea History Magazine. Sea History is published by the National Maritime Historical Society and is recognized as the pre-eminant journal of advocacy and education in their field. In addition, Sea History covers the world of maritime museums, sail training, art, literature, lore and learning of the sea with a national focus and an international scope.

LV-112 Model kit available

Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 model kit

A Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, model kit is available from Blue Jacket Shipcrafters in Searsport, Maine. Blue Jacket Shipcrafters is the oldest (since 1905) ship and boat modeling company in the United States. Also, every kit and ship model is built in Maine by their own craftsmen. The Blue Jacket kit shows LV-112 as launched with a tall stack for her steam boiler, which was modified in 1960 when she was converted to diesel power. This is a dramatic and colorful model (as shown in photo above) with many custom etched brass and Britannia fittings.

Blue Jacket Shipcrafters offers many other replica model kits of famous sail and power vessels in addition to half hull models, misclaneous fittings, tools and books.  For more information, log on to the Blue Jacket website at: or call:1-800-448-5567 to order a product catalog.

NEW BOOK RELEASE — "The Finest Hours"
The true story of the U.S. Coast Guard's most daring sea rescue involving former LV-112 crew member Bernie Webber.

The Finest HoursIn the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril.

In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic's mercy.

The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. Coast Guard cutters raced to the aid of those on the Fort Mercer, and when it became apparent that the halves of the Pendleton were in danger of capsizing, the Guard sent out two thirty-six-foot lifeboats as well. These wooden boats, manned by only four seamen, were dwarfed by the enormous seventy-foot seas. As the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the men aboard were all fully aware that they were embarking on what could easily become a suicide mission.

The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the mind's eye, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.

Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it's a miracle -- and a testament to their bravery -- that any came home to tell their tales at all.

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman have seamlessly woven together their extensive research and firsthand interviews to create an unforgettable tale of heroism, triumph, and tragedy, one that truly tells of the Coast Guard's finest hours. Find out more: Read an excerpt

Product Details: Scribner, May 2009 Hardcover, 224 pagesISBN-10: 1-4165-6721-6ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-6721-9


RECOMMENDED READING — “Due to Enemy Action”
The true story of Nantucket / LV-112’s involvement with a German U-Boat attack off Portland Maine, during WWII.

Due to Enemy ActionIt 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



Bernard C. Webber

In Memoriam, Bernard C. Webber (USCG Ret)

Mr. Webber (Bernie) suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in January 2009. He was considered “A Real American Hero” and served as a crew member on Nantucket Lightship / LV-112, 1958-1960. Bernie was awarded the coveted The USCG Gold Lifesaving Medal for his heroism in what is considered  by maritime historians  to  be “The Greatest Small Boat Rescue  in Coast  Guard  History.” You can listen to the historic audio interview of his harrowing rescue experience at sea. Mr. Webber, who was a member of the USCG Lightship Sailors Association, was very helpful in helping us compile research information and historic photos of LV-112. He was a pleasure and honor to work with. We will miss him dearly.