Lighthouse Tender Hickory Gauge
Hickory, 1933 \r\nWAGL / WLI-219\r\nSee the Hickory passing Stepping Stone Lighthouse here: \r\nhttp://www.uscg.mil/history/weblighthouses/steppingstones.JPG\r\n\r\n\r\nBuilder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine \r\nLength: 131' 4" \r\nBeam: 24' 6" \r\nDraft: 9' 5" \r\nDisplacement: 438 tons \r\nCost: $152,480 (bid price) \r\nCommissioned: March, 1933 \r\nDecommissioned: 10 January 1967 \r\n\r\nThe Hickory was built as a coastwise tender to replace the Pansy. She was \r\nassigned to the 3rd Lighthouse District for use in tending aids to navigation in New York Bay and Long Island Sound. \r\n\r\n 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. \r\n \r\nFrom 1946 until her decommissioning, the Hickory continued operating out of \r\nCoast Guard Base St. George. On 2 July 1950 she assisted the M/Vs Sandcraft \r\nand Melrose following their collision in New York harbor. On 9 March 1957 she \r\nassisted the M/V Steel Admiral, the tanker Val T, and water taxi Oscar Gordon \r\nfollowing their collision off Brooklyn. \r\n\r\nThis Guage is the only known artifact from this vessel. We know of no other Lighthouse Service ship Guages anywhere.\r\n
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