California Historical Landmarks in Alameda County

California Historical Landmark 1036
Coast Guard Lightship WLV 605 - Relief
Oakland Estuary in Brooklyn Basin
Oakland
Commissioned 1951

California Historical Landmark #1036: Coast Guard Lightship WLV 605 (Relief), California
29 April 2012
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Coast Guard Lightship WLV 605 - Relief

Lightships were floating lighthouses anchored in areas where it was too deep, expensive, or impractical to construct a lighthouse. Lightship WLV 605 was built by the Rice Brothers Shipyard in Boothbay, Maine, and was one of six lightships constructed by the Coast Guard. She was commissioned in 1951 and served at Overfalls lightship station off Delaware coast. In 1959 she was transferred to the Blunts Reef station off Cape Mendocino, where she served until 1969. In 1969 she was assigned as “Relief” for all West Coast lightship stations. She was retired from duty in 1975, and decommissioned the following year. The WLV-605 is one of a small number of only 22 surviving American lightships in the United States and she is the last lightship in California. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

Lightship Relief is also Listing 89002462 on the National Register of Historic Places.

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