Digest>Jan/Feb 2010

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During high seas all that can be seen here are the masts of the Lightship Nantucket LV-112. Regardless of the weather, a lightship was not allowed to leave its station. Because of this, lightship duty was considered the most dangerous duty of the Lighthouse Service and later the Coast Guard. Bob Gubitosi, who was a crewman onboard the lightship from 1957 to 1961, recalled many storms and hurricanes. But, one frightful night in the late 1950s stood out amongst the others. He wrote, “I remember going to the bridge that night and watching the ship through the porthole going up walls of water that looked like five- to ten-story buildings high, then taking a nose dive straight down.” What they did not know that night was that the ship had broken its anchor chain, and by morning, the lightship was off the coast of New Jersey.
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