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U.S. Lightships[edit]

Operated under the U.S. Lighthouse Service, later under the U.S. Coast Guard. Ships were identified by Light Vessel (number); for example, L.V. No. 2, LV-117. The ships station (Buffalo, Nantucket Shoals) was painted on the side of the ships with extra ships serving temporary duty painted Relief. Some ships served multiple stations in their career so the name on the ship would change while the LV number remained constant.