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29337a,b. [Lightship] No. 50’s Voyage on Land. Harper’s Weekly. March 28, 1903

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29337a,b. [Lightship] No. 50’s Voyage on Land. Harper’s Weekly. March 28, 1903

29337a,b. na. [Lightship] No. 50’s Voyage on Land. Harper’s Weekly. March 28, 1903. 1p. LV 50 was a wooden-hulled vessel constructed in San Francisco and housed two coal-fired boilers, which produced steam for a twelve-inch fog whistle. The ship had no engine for propulsion, but was equipped with sails in case the anchor chain, which held the vessel at a position roughly five miles west of the Columbia River ‘s mouth, broke. During a severe storm on the evening of November 28,1899, the chain did break. The crew quickly set the sails and kept the vessel from grounding. After several attempts to tow the ship to safety failed the next day, the vessel was intentionally grounded at McKenzie Head near Cape Disappointment . The Lighthouse Service contracted house-movers Allen & Roberts Co. of Portland, Oregon to move the lightship ½ mile overland on rails. Eighteen months later, after the ship was successfully hauled 700 yards overland, LV 50 was launched into Baker Bay in the Columbia River . The ship returned to station in August of 1901, after a trip to Portland for repairs. One page article with two photo illustrations details this remarkable voyage. Full issue with other interesting articles of the day. (VG+). $56.