United States lightship Frying Pan (LV-115)

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Fryingpan.jpg
Frying Pan on its last day at station (replaced by light tower)
History
Name: Frying Pan
Builder: Charleston Dry Dock and Machine Co.
Laid down: January 30, 1929[1]
Launched: August 30, 1929[1]
Acquired: April 8, 1930[1]
General characteristics
Displacement: 630 tons
Length: 133 ft 3 in (40.61 m)[1]
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)[1]
Installed power: General Electric generators and motors.[1]
Crew: 15
FRYING PAN SHOALS LIGHTSHIP NO. 115
United States lightship Frying Pan (LV-115) is located in New York City
United States lightship Frying Pan (LV-115)
United States lightship Frying Pan (LV-115) is located in New York
United States lightship Frying Pan (LV-115)
United States lightship Frying Pan (LV-115) is located in the US
United States lightship Frying Pan (LV-115)
Location Pier 63, Chelsea, New York, New York
Coordinates 40°44′59.57″N 74°0′36.7″W / 40.7498806°N 74.010194°W / 40.7498806; -74.010194Coordinates: 40°44′59.57″N 74°0′36.7″W / 40.7498806°N 74.010194°W / 40.7498806; -74.010194
Built 1929
Architect Charleston Dry Dock and Machine Co.
NRHP reference # 98001615
Added to NRHP January 28, 1999[2]
In New York
Frying Pan LV-115 (foreground) and John J. Harvey fireboat (background) in the Hudson River, Manhattan, New York, NY

Frying Pan (LV-115) is a lightvessel moored at Pier 66a in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. It served at Frying Pan Shoals, off Cape Fear in North Carolina, for over 30 years.

Frying Pan Shoals Station[edit]

In 1854, because of complaints from mariners that the height of the existing Bald Head Lighthouse was inadequate, and the light of its Third-order Fresnel lens wasn't bright enough to warn mariners of the shallow waters of the treacherous Frying Pan Shoals off the coast of Cape Fear in North Carolina, United States, the first lightship was stationed on the shoals,[3] in lieu of a proposal to improve Bald Point Lighthouse. The Bald Point lighthouse, and others, were turned off during the Civil War to avoid aiding the Northern ships. Lightships remained on station for 110 years.

On July 29, 1944, Lieutenant (jg) Clarence Samuels became the first Hispanic-American of African descent to command a lightship when he assumed command of Frying Pan.[4]

The ship was replaced by a lighttower in 1964,[5] the lighttower, a Texas tower, was manned until 1979, is known as a diving spot and still stands.

Frying Pan was the last of nine ships that served in succession, with some alternation, at the Frying Pan Shoals station during and since the American Civil War.[6]

Construction and features[edit]

LV-115 was built in 1929-1930 by Charleston Drydock & Machine Co. for a contract price of $274,434.[7][8] The keel was laid January 30, 1929 with launch on August 30 and delivery on April 8, 1930.[1]

Service[edit]

Frying Pan served at Frying Pan Shoals from 1930 to 1942, and again from 1945 to 1964. During World War II the ship was used as an examination vessel, as part of training.

Frying Pan was retired from duty at Frying Pan Shoals in 1964. It served briefly as a relief ship at Cape May, New Jersey, and then was decommissioned in 1965, the ship sank in 1986.[9] It was raised in 1987, then resold and eventually restoration began in 1988,[10] it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Frying Pan is one of about 13 surviving American lightships, out of about 100 built. Three other lightships, Ambrose at South Street Seaport, Nantucket at Oyster Bay, Long Island, and Chesapeake at Baltimore Inner Harbor became National Historic Landmarks and are open to the public as museum ships.

Party ship[edit]

Frying Pan can be rented for events and functions. It became known as a party site in New York.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Pacific American Steamship Association; Shipowners Association of the Pacific Coast (1930). "Progress of Construction: Charleston Dry Dock and Machine Co.". Pacific Marine Review. San Francisco: J.S. Hines. 27 (June): 268. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ http://www.itpi.dpi.state.nc.us/caroclips/FRYINGPAN.html, accessed 2007-09-15
  4. ^ LT Clarence Samuels, USCG (Ret.)
  5. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=Qppzt4OYsdcC&pg=PA417&lpg=PA417&dq=frying+pan+lightship&source=web&ots=Mrhrezuzt0&sig=w-AnxaE8CySoXRMbV4TnPipv-gk#PPA417,M1 Naval Records
  6. ^ "Frying Pan Shoal Lightship Station History". United States Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association, Inc. 2007-09-15. 
  7. ^ "USCG LV-115 / WAL 537". United States Coast Guard. 2007-09-15. 
  8. ^ "Frying Pan Shoal Lightship Station History: LV-115 WAL 537". United States Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association, Inc. 2007-09-15. , includes photos of the sinking in progress, and a description of its history
  9. ^ {{cite http://www.uscglightshipsailors.org/frying_pan_lightship_lv115_wal537_the_sinking.htm |title=Frying Pan Shoal Lightship Station History: LV-115 WAL 537: the sinking|date=2007-09-15|work=|publisher=United States Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association, Inc.}}
  10. ^ http://www.uscglightshipsailors.org/frying_pan_shoal_lightship_lv115_wal537.htm
  11. ^ Lee, Denny (August 18, 2002). "Chelsea; A Once Rowdy Pier Faces a Quiet Future". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 

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