Nantucket Lightship LV-112
Special Events, February 2012

In this issue
Former LV-112 crew member celebrated
USCG lightship exhibit
Recommended reading




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Former LV-112 Lifesaving Hero Celebrated, Feb. 15 and 18

In Memoriam, Bernard C. Webber (USCG ret.)

Bernie Webber


Bernard Webber (Bernie), a former crew member on Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 (1958-60) was an American hero. Webber was awarded the coveted U.S. Coast Guard Gold Lifesaving Medal for his heroism in the rescue of the Pendleton and Fort Mercer, considered by many maritime historians to be the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history. To hear Webber's own account of this harrowing experience, click here. Webber, who was a member of the USCG Lightship Sailors Association, helped our organization, the U.S. Lightship Museum, compile information and historic photos of LV-112. Prior to his passing in 2009, we asked, "What were your most terrifying and pleasurable moments on LV-112?" Read his answers.


Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1-3pm, U.S. Coast Guard First District Headquarters, Base Boston, 427 Commercial St., Building No. 1 (function hall). Anniversary celebration of the famous Pendleton/Fort Mercer rescues on Feb. 18, 1952, off the coast of Chatham. Among several displays, the event will feature exhibits from the USCG Heritage Museum (Cape Cod) and the U.S. Lightship Museum (LV-112). Open to general public.


Saturday, Feb. 18, 12-4:30pm, Coast Guard Station Chatham, Open House, 60th Anniversary of Pendleton/Fort Mercer Rescues. Guest speakers, imagery, artifacts; meet people involved in the rescues. Open to general public.


Saturday, Feb. 18, 6pm, Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham. Dinner titled "Tales from the Sea." Dining and lecture on the 60th anniversary of the Pendleton/Fort Mercer rescues. Kicks off with a champagne reception, followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner and lecture by Casey Sherman, co-author of "The Finest Hours," the story behind the rescue (see book details below). $65 per person; reservations required; call 508-945-0096.


Bernie Webber
Bernie Webber (center) on fantail of LV-112, 1959 photo, Kodak Brownie snapshot taken by fellow crew member 



Fast Response Cutter named for Bernard C. Webber

The first Fast Response Cutter, Bernard C. Webber, gets underway off the coast of Grand Isle, La
The first Fast Response Cutter, Bernard C. Webber, gets underway off the coast of Grand Isle, La


In 2008, Bollinger Shipyards was awarded $88 million to build a series of Fast Response Cutters, a new generation of USCG patrol boats that will continue the Coast Guard's long history of protecting America's citizens, assets and interests. The first cutter was named USCG Bernard C. Webber, and all future Sentinel Class cutters are being named after enlisted Coast Guard heroes. The Bernard C. Webber was launched on April 21, 2011, and is stationed in Miami. For more information on the building of these cutters, visit USCG website.


USCG First District Headquarters Lightship Exhibit

US Coast Guard Exhibit
US Lightship Exhibit
at USCG First District Headquarters. Boston
The USCG First District Headquarters in Boston recently featured an exhibit on U.S. Lightships. Bill Collette (USCG Ret.) of the USCG Heritage Museum (Cape Cod) and Capt. Robertson Dinsmore (USCG/USMS Ret.) from the U.S. Lightship Museum helped to prepare the exhibit with PA3 Connie L. Terrell, from the USCG First District Public Affairs Office. The USCG First District Headquarters, 408 Atlantic Ave., Boston, features USCG informative rotating exhibits on a regular basis that can be viewed by the general public. They are currently creating an exhibit on the Pendleton/Fort Mercer rescue

Recommended Reading


The Finest Hours


The Finest HoursThe true story of the U.S. Coast Guard's most daring sea rescue involving former LV-112 crew member Bernie Webber. Per the publisher:


"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....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." 

Product details: Simon & Schuster, 2009, Hardcover, 224 pages.

Due to Enemy Action


Due to Enemy Action

The true story of Nantucket / LV-112's involvement with a German U-boat attack off Portland, Maine, during WWII.


Written by Stephen Puleo, this book tells 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. 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, click here.

Product details: Globe Pequot, 2005, Hardcover, 352 pages. 



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. 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.