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Portsmouth (Independent City), Virginia
County of Portsmouth.
London Slip, Elizabeth River
National Register Number: 89001080
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Maritime: Vessel. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: VA-3 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Museum Exhibit.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 5, 1989):
Now known as PORTSMOUTH, LIGHTSHIP NO. 101 is one of a small number of preserved American lightships. Essential partners with lighthouses as aids to navigation along the coast of the United States, American lightships date to the 1820s. Built as one of two vessels from the same plan, NO. 101 served at least five stations in the middle Atlantic states guiding coastal, intercoastal, and international vessels into the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, and within Nantucket Bay.

The Lightship is in fairly good condition. Visitors are allowed to board the main floor of the ship only. The city of Portsmouth maintains the vessel as a museum.

Received a general assembly grant for $12,500 to help restore the wheelhouse of the Lightship.

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