Charleston Lightship Station (SC)

Historical Light List Characteristics

1858 Light 1: F W. W12. Light 2: F W. W12. LHB Light List (US): 281
1860 LHB Light List (US): 266
1865-1866 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 270
1870 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 279
1878 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 350
1879 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 365
1886 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 433
1888 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 455
1893 Light 1: F W. W111/2. Light 2: F W. W111/2. LHB Light List (Atlantic): 564
1898 LHB Light List (Atlantic): 681
1899 LHB Light List (Atlantic): 701
1905 LHB Light List (Atlantic): 839
1908 LHB Light List (Atlantic): 918
1915 Light 1: F W. W12 (1,000 cp). Light 2: F W. W121/2 (1,000 cp). USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1327
1917 Light 1: Fl(2) W 6s. W12 (700 cp). Light 2: Fl(2) W 6s. W12 (700 cp). USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1393
1920 Fl(2) W 6s. W12 (700 cp). USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1445
1927 Fl(2) W 6s. W12 (1,000 cp). F. W. riding light (20 cp.) on forestay. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1597
1931 Fl(2) W 6s. W12 (3,000 cp). Riding light, F. W. 20 cp., on forestay. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1875

Historical Light List Optics and Structures

1858 Reflector Reflector N/A 44 Hull white; masts yellow; top masts black, with two oval day-marks painted black. Two reflector lights. Placed off Rattlesnake shoal, and opposite north end of Sullivan's island, in 6 fathoms water. LHB Light List (US): 281
1860 Hull, white; masts, yellow; top masts, black, with two oval day-marks painted black. Two reflector lights. LHB Light List (US): 266
1865 Hull, white; masts, yellow; topmasts, black, with two oval day-marks, painted black. Two reflector lights. LHB Light List (All Coasts): 270
1866 Placed off Charleston bar, in six fathoms water. E. 1/2 N. from the bar, and distant from it about 1 mile.
1870 Hull, white; masts, yellow; topmasts, black, with two oval day-marks, painted black. Two reflector-lights. LHB Light List (All Coasts): 279
1878 Hull, white; masts, yellow; topmasts, black, with two oval day-marks, painted black. Name painted on each side in large black letters. Off Rattlesnake shoal, in 51/2 fathoms water. LHB Light List (All Coasts): 350
1879 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 365
1886 Two masts, schooner-rigged; black oval day-mark at each mast-head. Hull, white; masts, yellow; topmasts, black. The words "RATTLESNAKE SHOAL" on each side in large black letters. Off Rattlesnake shoal, S. C. LHB Light List (All Coasts): 433
1888 Two masts; schooner-rigged; black oval day-mark at each mast-head. Hull, white; masts, yellow; topmasts, black. The words "RATTLESNAKE SHOAL" on each side in large black letters. Off Rattlesnake Shoal, S. C. LHB Light List (All Coasts): 455
1893 40 Two masts; schooner-rigged; black oval day-mark at each masthead. Hull, white; masts, yellow; topmasts, black. The words "RATTLESNAKE SHOAL" on each side in large black letters, and "No. 29" on each quarter. Off Rattlesnake Shoal, northeasterly of the entrance to Charleston Harbor, S. C. LHB Light List (Atlantic): 564
1898 Two masts; schooner-rigged; black oval day mark at each masthead. Hull, white; masts, yellow; topmasts, black. "CHARLESTON" on each side in black, and "No. 34" in black on each quarter. Moored in 30 feet of water, off the entrance to Charleston Harbor and on the Swash Channel Range line, S. C. LHB Light List (Atlantic): 681
1899 LHB Light List (Atlantic): 701
1905 Two masts; schooner-rigged; black, oval daymark at each masthead. Hull, white; masts, yellow; topmasts, black. "CHARLESTON" on each side in black, and "No. 34" in black on each quarter. Moored in about 39 feet of water, off the entrance to Charleston Harbor, S. C., about 1/8 mile to the northward of the present Main Channel Range line, about 81/2 miles from Fort Sumter Light, the front light of the range. LHB Light List (Atlantic): 839
1908 Two masts; schooner-rigged; black, oval daymark at each masthead; yellow masts; black topmasts; white hull; "CHARLESTON" on each side in black, and "No. 34" in black on each quarter. Moored in about 39 feet of water, off the entrance to Charleston Harbor, S. C., about 77/8 miles 96° (E 9/16 S) from Charleston Light-House, approximately on the Main Channel Range line, about 81/2 miles 120° 20' (SE by E 5/16 E) from Fort Sumter Light, the front light of the range. LHB Light List (Atlantic): 918
1915 N/A N/A White hull, "CHARLESTON" on sides; two masts, black oval grating at each masthead. In 61/2 fathoms, off entrance to Harbor, on Main Channel Range line. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1327
1917 44 White hull, "CHARLESTON" on sides; two masts, black cylindrical grating at each masthead. In 61/2 fathoms, off entrance to harbor, on Fort Sumter Range line. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1393
1920 N/A In 7 fathoms, off entrance to harbor, on Fort Sumter Range line. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1445
1927 Red hull, "CHARLESTON" in white on sides; red tubular mast, black cylindrical lantern, black smokestack. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1597
1931 375 mm ei NA NA In 42 feet, off entrance to harbor, on Fort Sumter Range line. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1875

Historical Light List Audible Fog Signals

1858 Bell. None LHB Light List (US): 281
1860 Bell & horn. LHB Light List (US): 266
1865-1866 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 270
1870 A bell and horn. LHB Light List (All Coasts): 279
1878 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 350
1879 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 365
1886 Bell or horn. LHB Light List (All Coasts): 433
1888 LHB Light List (All Coasts): 455
1893 LHB Light List (Atlantic): 564
1898 LHB Light List (Atlantic): 681
1899 LHB Light List (Atlantic): 701
1905 8-inch, compressed-air, chime whistle; blasts 3 sec., silent intervals 60 sec. If whistle be disabled a bell will be rung by hand. LHB Light List (Atlantic): 839
1908 If whistle be disabled a bell will be struck by hand three strokes at intervals of about 1 sec. separated by silent intervals of approximately 60 sec. LHB Light List (Atlantic): 918
1915 8-inch, air, chime whistle: Blast 3 sec. Silent 60 sec. Bell (hand) if whistle is disabled: 3 strokes 3 sec. Silent 3 sec. 4 Strokes 4 sec. Silent 50 sec. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1327
1917 Air diaphone: Blast 3 sec. Silent 57 sec. Bell (hand) if whistle is disabled: gps. 3 and 4 strokes ("34") every 60 sec. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1393
1920 USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1445
1927 12-inch steam whistle: Blast 3 sec. Silent 57 sec. Bell (hand) if whistle is disabled: gps. 5 and 3 strokes ("53") every 60 sec. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1597
1931 WHISTLE, 12-inch steam; blast 3 sec., silent 57 sec. Bell, hand, if whistle is disabled: gps. 5 and 3 strokes "53" every 60 sec. USLHS Light List (Atlantic): 1875
1854 - 1897 (Station acant 1861-1863.)
1898 - 1904
1905 - 1933