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The Nantucket Lightship was an important aid for vessels making transatlantic crossings and was seen by passengers approaching the coast of the United States long before they saw the Statue of Liberty.
Of the 12 such vessels that served for many years at the Nantucket Shoals Station, Massachusetts, the Nantucket Lightship LV 112 guided ships with its beams of light from 1935 to 1942. In its long history, the Nantucket survived two hurricanes, visited many ports and was once a floating museum in Maine.
In 1993, the Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Museum in New York City acquired the 148-foot lightship, and later donated the vessel to the H.M.S. Rose Foundation in Connecticut.
Later on, Staten Island's National Lighthouse Museum, hoping to open soon, purchased the Nantucket for $1. However, today, no one knows if the museum will ever open because of its financial difficulties. In 2004, the historic lightship was towed to Oyster Bay, Long Island, and was only intended to stay there for a short while to be restored. The Nantucket has remained docked in the bay ever since.
February 15th, 2010
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