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Postby mikev » Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:13 am


FYI, this alert from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is being spread throughout the lighthouse community.
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The National Trust's Northeast Office just received word that the City of New Bedford, MA has surplused the 1930 Lightship New Bedford (LV 114/WAL 536) and intends to put her up for auction tomorrow morning at the City's yard. The National Trust is deeply concerned that the City, which has been steward of this historic vessel for 30 years, is auctioning the lightship without effort to assure that it gets into the hands of a preservation-minded buyer. The only advertisement seems to have been a legal notice in the 9/11/2006 edition of the New Bedford Standard Times. Please help spread the word to people and organizations that might have an interest.

PUBLIC AUCTION OF THE LIGHTSHIP NEW BEDFORD

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2006

10:00 A .M .

CITY YARD, SMITH AND LIBERTY STREETS, NEW BEDFORD, MA

The City of New Bedford, MA plans to auction off the Lightship New Bedford tomorrow morning, 10AM, at the City yard. With little more announcement than a legal advertisement placed in the New Bedford Standard-Times on 9/11/2006, the City plans to surplus this historic vessel which it acquired from the US Coast Guard 30 years ago with intention of creating a lightship museum. If you don't want to see the ship sold for scrap, place your bid tomorrow. Help spread the word to maritime preservationists and other interested parties, as well.

The Terms/Conditions for the auction are: Cash or check at time and place of sale including 5% MA Sales Tax. All material purchased must be removed from the premises within five (5) days from the date of sale. The rights to reject any and all bids is hereby reserved.

For more information, contact the office of Mayor Scott Lang, 508-979-1410 or the Committee on City Property: Councilor Joe F. DeMedeiros, Chairman , 508-979-1482.

Listed in the National Register, the Lightship New Bedford was built in 1930 by the Albina Iron Works of Portland, Oregon, and served at Diamond Shoals NC ; Fire Island, NY ; Portland ME ; and at Pollock Rip, Cape Cod, MA, under the name Pollock Rip or LV 114/WAL 536. Decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1971, it was acquired by the City of New Bedford in 1975. Reportedly one of only 13 lightships left in the country, the New Bedford needs your help tomorrow morning. In the words of Bob Trapani of the American Lighthouse Foundation, "With so few lightships left in the country, we can ill-afford to lose this treasure."

For more information on the ship, see http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/ma.htm, http://www.feuerschiffseite.de/SCHIFFE/ ... l536gb.htm


photo copyright John Ozment, Source: http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/ma.htm



Wendy Nicholas | Director, Northeast Office
National Trust for Historic Preservation | 7 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4th Floor. Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-523-0885 | Fax: 617-523-1199 | Email: wendy_nicholas@nthp.org| www.nationaltrust.org
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Postby Hersh » Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:54 pm


Well, if it's a matter of letting the thing deteriorate and sink again or this, I think this is the better option. I'm curious to see how the auction went today.
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Postby Lighthouse Joe » Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:14 am


Here is the latest... No Bidders. Why? The city retains the artifacts on board. read on...

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/09 ... 1local.htm
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Postby Rob143 » Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:46 am


Utterly disgusting. The city has to be one of the poorest stewards of such a resource possible. I may be out of line for saying this, but if they're going to sell it off for scrap anyway then it's already lost. That said I hope they remove all the artifacts they plan to remove, and the very night they've finsihed doing so she sinks where she is. I know it's a hateful thing to say, but these clowns are only looking at the money they can realize. If she's disappearing into the pages of time the least she can have is a respectful burial at sea.
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Postby Ross » Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:06 pm


This Conrad Roy is an Emmy award winner:

"Conrad Roy, owner of C. Roy Enterprises in New Bedford, said he wanted to buy the lightship for scrap metal and sell the historic artifacts.

In June, the city paid C. Roy Enterprises $212,000 to right the ship"

HOW MUCH!?

And I don't understand this moronic mayor's response:

"The city is not looking to save the ship; it just wants to get the most value for it, either through an auction or scrapping it piece-meal. The money earned could be used toward restoring the historic schooner Ernestina, Mayor Lang said. "

Screw the lightship, lets save the schooner. ?

I'm not understanding a lot of this, but I'll go on record saying that these two are idiots, and the dump known as New Bedford doesn't surprise me with their lack of effort. The reason it's in disrepair is BECAUSE of New Bedford, so take the loss you fools. I'm never impressed nor intimidated by retarded public officials.
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Postby Hersh » Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:23 pm


Well said Ross !
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Postby Pharoslvr » Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:05 pm


.....given'em hell, Ross!! :yay:

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Postby Grover1 » Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:33 am


Next step ... EBAY ... from WPRI NEWS 12 out of Providence, RI ...

http://www.eyewitnessnewstv.com/Global/ ... 9&nav=F2DO
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Postby Hersh » Sat Nov 18, 2006 5:19 pm


And I'm sure they took great care in removing the artifacts from the ship... We've seen how much they care.
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Postby tekkybob » Sun Nov 26, 2006 6:45 pm


as long as they got what they wanted from the ship. I guess we are supposed to handily forget where the ship has been all these years while it was deteriorating. They must be pretty set on getting rid of it ASAP if its even on Ebay. Its a shame to lose such an important piece of history but it appears that their mind was already on saving something more important to them.
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Postby vacastle » Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:39 am


The lightship as seen on the waterfront in New Bedford, MA January 12, 2007 on the way to the NELL LHHC&Y on Cape Cod...

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Has anyone seen any news since the Ebay auction ended?

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Postby Grover1 » Sat Jun 02, 2007 7:58 pm


Mike ("Hersh") sent this along ... from SouthCoast Today ... This is a sad conclusion to a sorry episode ...

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbc ... 011/TOWN10
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Postby Keeper » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:10 pm


Very sad. I know from first hand experience that there are many people in New Bedford who care passionately about preserving their city's proud maritime history, and I know they're as sad about this as I am. This is very hard to swallow.

The article says the lightship is one of 13 left in the world. It's actually one of 13 left in the U.S.; there are many other lightships in the word, some still in operation.
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Postby bert911 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:57 am


From the article:

Built in 1930, the ship is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of 13 remaining lightships in the world.

If it is on the National Register of Historic Places, are there not guidelines that dictate what can happen to it?

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Postby Keeper » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:53 am


There's nothing stopping anyone from destroying a property on the National Register. Protection and review is assured for National Register properties only when federal funding is involved.
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