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The first United States lightship was established at Chesapeake Bay in 1820, and the total number around the coast peaked in 1909 with 56 locations marked with these vessels. A total of 116 stations have been marked with lightships, including ones on the Great Lakes. Approximately 174 vessels were constructed to man these stations. Of those ships, 168 were constructed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service and six by the U.S. Coast Guard, which absorbed it in 1939.

The official use of lightships in the United States ended March 29, 1985, when the U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned its last such ship, the Nantucket I. Many lightships were replaced with offshore light platforms called "Texas Towers" (as they were modelled after the small offshore oil drilling platforms first used off the Texas coast[1]) or large navigational buoys - all of which are cheaper to build and operate than lightvessels.

It is estimated that there are 15 left today. Three lightships are in New York Harbor: the Ambrose (No. 87) at the South Street Seaport; the Nantucket (No. 112), moored in Oyster Bay, NY at The Waterfront Center; and the Frying Pan (No. 115), docked at Pier 63 in Chelsea.

A fourth Lightship, Lightship No. 84 (135 feet long, weighing 683 tons), lies sunk in a shallow section of New York Harbor and its two masts are still visible above the surface [2].

The first lightship on the Pacific Coast, the Lightship Columbia, marked the entrance to the Columbia River, near Astoria, Oregon. Another Pacific Coast lightship, Swiftsure, is displayed at South Lake Union Park in Seattle.

The City of Portsmouth, VA, has LV-101 in their naval shipyard museum. LV-101 was built in 1915 by Pusey & Jones. It first served at Cape Charles, VA, then Relief, Overfalls, DE, and Stonhorse Shoal, MA. After being decommissoned it was stored in Portland, ME, before being sold to the museum. Today LV-101 is dry docked and lettered as Portsmouth, having never served there. (Source: Wikipedia)
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British vessels
In England and Wales, Trinity House is in charge of all lightvessels. All are now unmanned, but had nine crew in the past. There are 11 lightvessels and 2 smaller lightfloats. The first lightvessel was changed to solar power in 1995, and all except the '20 class' have been converted. The '20 class' represents a slightly larger type of vessel that derives its power from diesel electric generators and has not been converted to solar power due to navigational requirements. Where a main light with a visible range in excess of 20 nautical miles (37 km) is required, a '20 class' vessel is used, as the main light from a Trinity House solar lightvessel has a maximum range of 19 nautical miles (35 km). There are currently hull numbers: 19, 22, 23 and 25 (the 20 class); 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 17 (solar lightvessels); and LF2 and LF3 (solar lightfloats). Solar lightvessels 93 and 95 have recently been decommissioned and scrapped. (Source: Wikipedia)
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