Monthly Archives: August 2009

WhaZat? Winner! Mike Again!

This week’s winner is Mike once again. He guessed that our mystery boat was the Nantucket Lightship II on the railways in Rocky Neck in 2005 or 2006. Congratulations, Mike! You can pick up your prizes at Capt. Joe’s!

Full copyClick on the photo for more info on the Nantucket Lightship and here too.

Lightship 612 was completed in 1950 at the Coast Guard Yard and sailed for the West Coast where she served as San Francisco Lightship for 18 years and then for a short period (1969-1971) as Blunts Reef Lightship. The ship then returned to the Atlantic Coast, the only lightship to have transited the Panama Canal both ways. 612 served as Portland Lightship, 1971-1975, and then as Nantucket II. In 1983 the last lightship station, Nantucket, was discontinued and 612 had the unique distinction to become a white cutter, sent to the Caribbean to act as a fueling station for the SES (surface effect) vessels engaged in drug interdiction.. When this assignment ended, the ship returned to Boston and was decommissioned in 1985, concluding 35 years of Coast Guard service.