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ex-Light Vessel No. 76

Light Vessel No. 76 served the U. S. Lighthouse Service, Navy and Coast Guard.

Light Vessel:

  • Built in 1904 by Burles Drydock Co., Port Richmond, NY
  • Completed 26 May 1904
  • Placed in service as LV-76, 14 February 1898
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 August 1918
  • Returned to the Lighthouse Service 30 August 1919
  • Reclassified WAL-504
  • Placed out of service 16 September 1960
  • Sold 9 October 1961
  • Named Belle Blonde andMaudi Morgan
  • Sold 9 October 1961 and renamed Ark
  • Sold in 1964/1965 to the Belche family of Seattle, WA and renamed Claire Anne
  • Sold 22 October 1980 to Victor Kent Staudinger, Michael J. Wilson and William T. Bonniman.


  • Displacement 578 t. (1904), 668 t. (1945)
  • Length 129' 6"
  • Beam 28' 8"
  • Draft 12' 6"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement eight (1904), 15 (1945)
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: Two Foster-Wheeler watertube boilers and one 380shp compound reciprocating steam engine, one shaft (for station keeping).
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    LV-76 107k Photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina Robert Hurst

    View the
    WAL-504 history entry located on the Coast Guard Cutter History website
    View the WAL-504
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.

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