Monday, February 8, 2010

Leaving the Neighborhood

A familiar sight on the Oyster Bay waterfront will soon be leaving.

Nantucket Lightship 112 was built in 1936, to replace the lightship lost in the collision between RMS Olympic and Lightship 117 in 1934. The ship was retired in 1975, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. Acquired by the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island, the lightship has been docked at the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay since 2003.

In October 2009, she was acquired by the new U.S. Lightship Museum group, with plans to move her to Boston for restoration and display. Preparations for the move are almost complete, and the ship should be heading out any day now.

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