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Old 02-16-2019, 04:20 PM
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Default Nantucket lightship for sale, only $5.2 mil

Iím not sure if this was Nantucket I or Nantucket II.

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/to...g-for-millions

I remember seeing them at Support Center Boston when I was on the Chase (Ď83-Ď84).
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She is the ex- Lightship Nantucket 1, (WLV-612). I was the last CO of that cutter. Got to take a quick peek at her about 10 years or so ago. An absolute first class conversion job and no doubt will continue as a unique vacation home or nautical themed B & B.

Good luck and longer life to the last US Lightship..
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I was the last CO of that cutter.
Was that when it was refueling WPBís in the Caribbean? If so, it was painted white then, was it not?
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It was during the deployment to provide diesel fueling for the patrol boats on the Bahamas Banks. When we arrived in Miami Beach she was still Lightship Red with NANTUCKET painted over. Miami CG gave us gallons of formula 30 white paint, to make her a white hull by Monday. Takes a lot of white to successfulll make her white. Monday morning she was a kind of tittie pink. Took another truck load of governent issue formula 30 white to make the transition, but we did it. Left lightship red for the racing stripe, and the stern name and hull side numbers were done in red.
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What year was that? Iím just wondering if my memory is correct that I was in Key Largo at the time. I seem to recall learning of the refueling by reading the D7 magazine or possibly the Commandantís Bulletin over at Station Islamorada.
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We sailed from Boston towards the middle of October 1984. When we got to Key West, the prop shaft had crokscrewdw itself and we got towed up to Tampa for a couple of weeks drydock. Left Tampa about 1 January 1984 and then ran down to the Bahamas and offshore the Cuban coast as far eastward as Windward Point. There we were dispatched to tow a disabled CG air cushion vessel from just about the 12 mile limit +/- off Cuba. Had Cuban aircraft escort for a couple of days or so. Just as we got to the Key West sea buoy, the CG surface effect ship miraculously had enough engine life left in her to make port on her own.. Guess they did not want the embarresment of being towed into port by a damned Lightship. By mid/late February 1985 we were released to return to Boston and be decommissioned.

The experiment was called off because scuttlebutt had it the a number of the Patrol Boat skippers complained about the more underway day they would rack up if thet didn't have to run in for fuel every couple of days.. Oh well..
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I didn’t realize it was that far back. I was at Station Merrimack River then before heading to the Keys in ‘85.
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