WLV-613 Lightship
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WLV-613 Quick Facts

Year Built: 1952

Length: 128 feet

Beam: 30 feet

Draft: 11 feet

Tonnage: 617 tons displacement tons displacement

Construction: Steel hull deck and house. Single tripod lantern mast forward with conventional mast aft.

Propulsion: 4 Detroit Diesel 671s

Station on Assignment:

1952 - 1967 - Ambrose Channel (NY) 1967 - 1979 - RELIEF (Ma)
1979 - 1983 - Nantucket Shoals

 



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Lightship WLV-613, Nantucket II
Wareham, MA

Cyberlights Lighthouses - Lightship WLV-613, Nantucket II

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Last Visited: November, 2001

History:
The lightship, designated WLV-613, was built in 1952 and originally stationed at Ambrose Channel in New York until 1967. Eventually in 1979 it was stationed off of Nantucket Island and designated with the name Nantucket II. It alternated duty with WLV-612, also known as Lightship Nantucket I. One ship would relieve the other ship every 21 days until both ships were relieved of their lightship duties in 1983.

After deactivation the ship eventually was docked in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, MA, near the historic ship USS Constitution. In 1998 the lightship was purchased by a private businessman. It is currently located in Wareham, Ma. where it is undergoing interior renovations (the exterior has already been renovated).

Personal Note:
As of our last visit the Nantucket II Lightship is currently undergoing restoration at the shipyard near Wareham Center.

Latitude/Longitude: 41.755002,-70.710896

Nearest Address: 59 Main St, Wareham, MA

Directions:
  • From Interstate 195 take exit 21 onto Route 28 south.
  • Take Route 28 south for about 0.5 miles then bear right onto Tremont Road.
  • Tremont Road ends and take a left onto Main St.
  • Follow Main St. through Wareham Center. On the far side of the center Route 6 goes off to the left and over a bridge. Stay straight on Main St. and park in the small lot on the left.
  • Take the sidewalk along the water which leads you to the pier where the Lightship is.


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