Lighthouse Tender Hickory Gauge



Hickory, 1933 WAGL / WLI-219 See the Hickory passing Stepping Stone Lighthouse here: Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine Length: 131' 4" Beam: 24' 6" Draft: 9' 5" Displacement: 438 tons Cost: $152,480 (bid price) Commissioned: March, 1933 Decommissioned: 10 January 1967 The Hickory was built as a coastwise tender to replace the Pansy. She was assigned to the 3rd Lighthouse District for use in tending aids to navigation in New York Bay and Long Island Sound. She was based out of the depot at St. George, Staten Island. During World War II she was given light armament and continued to tend aids to navigation in New York Bay and Long Island Sound. From 1946 until her decommissioning, the Hickory continued operating out of Coast Guard Base St. George. On 2 July 1950 she assisted the M/Vs Sandcraft and Melrose following their collision in New York harbor. On 9 March 1957 she assisted the M/V Steel Admiral, the tanker Val T, and water taxi Oscar Gordon following their collision off Brooklyn. This Guage is the only known artifact from this vessel. We know of no other Lighthouse Service ship Guages anywhere.





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