Nantucket Lightship/LV-112
Special Event: July 4, 2014




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If you love lighthouses and want to learn about these guiding lights and navigational aids from 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Rowlett tried to maintain a list of lighthouses from his many friends and contacts, but it had grown too long (and too out of date) to display on the comprehensive site.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.

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Another unique educational resource for U.S. Lighthouse history, Lifesaving and Lightship Service 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 United States 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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You are invited July 4th
Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 salutes
'Old Ironsides' in Boston Harbor

: Join us on board the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 to celebrate the July 4th turnaround cruise of the USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides." - Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, berthed in Boston Harbor, has one of the best waterfront views of this famous annual event. This year's cruise is scheduled to be the ship's final Independence Day voyage until 2018, as 'Old Ironsides' is scheduled to enter a Charlestown Navy Yard dry dock in early 2015 for restoration and repairs. Space is limited to the first 60 people who reserve with a $25 donation (see details below). This also is a chance to see LV-112's newly restored hull, weather-deck and superstructure. 


WHEN: Friday, July 4, 10am to 2pm.  


WHO'S INVITED: Everyone who wants to see these two National Historic Landmark vessels on the same historic day.  


WHAT TO BRING: Picnic lunch, your favorite beverages, beach/lawn chairs to sit on the decks of LV-112, which will remain at the dock. We'll supply the ship and panoramic views.  

WHY: We want to show you our restoration progress. Plus this is a fundraising event for LV-112, for which we still have muchwork to do; visit our Facebook page. The ship's restoration currently is solely dependent on the generous contributions of corporations, private foundations, special-interest groups and individuals such as you. 

RESERVATIONS: For this event, we request a $25 donation per person. Please make your check payable to USLM Nantucket Lightship/LV-112; mail to U.S. Lightship Museum, P.O. Box 454, Amesbury, MA 01913. Or make your reservation electronically via credit card by clicking here. For more information, contact us via email or call 617.797.0135.

WHERE: LV-112 is berthed at the Boston Harbor Shipyard &  Marina, 256 Marginal St., East Boston, MA; directions. There's free parking at the marina, but it's limited due to holiday volume.

Best option is public transportation. MBTA Subway: take Blue Line to Maverick Station, walk to marina (approx. 15 minutes); view walking route. City Water Taxi to Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, stop #68, view map.

We look forward to seeing new faces and everyone who has attended in the past, joining us again on board! If you know anyone who did not receive this invitation, please forward this email to them and copy us so we can include them on our mailing list. Thank you.

Sunset view seen from Nantucket/LV-112
(photo by Ron Janard)
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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We thank all our volunteers and contributors for their commitment and support 

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.