Hunting New England Shipwrecks

Lightship LV-58

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LV-58 sinking incident
New Yort Times report
(Author's collection)

 Lightship LV-58 at dock
in Philadelphia
(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Lightship LV-58
Other Names  
Vessel Type Relief Lightship
Owner U.S. Government
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 121' / 24' / 12'
Tonnage 449
Hull Construction Iron
Propulsion Steam screw; also rigged for sails
Cargo None
Built 1894 at Toledo, OH
Date of Loss December 11, 1905
Reason for Loss Sprang a leak and sank while being towed into port
Fatalities None (13 crewmen rescued)
Location South of Nantucket Island, MA
Coordinates (Lat/Lon)  
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) Probably about 150'
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition Unknown; probably somewhat intact
Diving Considerations A deep dive and strong current area
Other Information The U.S. Coast Guard has a Web page with details on the LV-58. Here's the link. As far as we know, the LV-58 wreck has never been found.
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