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LIGHTSHIP NO. 112 "NANTUCKET"

Boston, Massachusetts
County of Suffolk.
National Register Number: 89002464
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Maritime: Vessel. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2010.
Certified Local Government: YES
Current use/information: Floating museum exhibit.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 20, 1989):
The 1936 Lightship No. 112, known by her last official designation, Nantucket, outlasted all other lightships assigned to that station, having marked it for 39 years. The Nation's most significant lightship station for transatlantic voyages, Nantucket, established in 1854, marked the limits of the dangerous Nantucket Shoals and the eastern end of the Ambrose shipping canal into New York harbor. She was the last lightship seen by vessels departing the United States, as well as the first beacon seen entering the country.

Ownership of the Lightship No. 112 was transferred the United States Lightship Museum on October 20, 2009. The ship moved from Oyster Bay, New York to Boston Harbor on May 11, 2010. The ship will be open to the public starting in 2011.


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