East Boston, Massachusetts: Tour a Lightship

The Nantucket Lightship LV-112 spent many years afloat offshore, supporting a mini-lighthouse that warned ships away from hazardous rocks and shoals.

East Boston Shipyard and Marina

Address:
256 Marginal St., East Boston, MA
Directions:
East Boston Shipyard and Marina. Hwy 1A just north of the Inner Harbor. Exit at Porter St. (East Boston), drive east a couple of blocks, cross the little bridge, then turn right at the stoplight onto Orleans St. Drive south until the street ends, then turn left onto Marginal St. Drive to the gatehouse for the shipyard. You should park on the street just before it.
Hours:
May-Oct. Sa 10-4. Otherwise by appt. (Call to verify)
Phone:
617-797-0135
Admission:
$5 Donation
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Tour a Lightship

The Nantucket Lightship LV-112 is a floating museum, one of 12 surviving decommissioned USCG Lightships. She was built in the U.S. but paid for by the British, because her predecessor had been rammed and sunk in 1934 by the HMS Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic. Lightships were built to be placed where a lighthouse could not be built, to mark hazardous rocks or shoals and prevent mariners and ocean liners from having a collision or sinking.

[Lightshipalley, 11/22/2015]

Sounds like the Olympic suffered from the same bad steering that doomed her more famous sister ship.

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