Meet the Crew
By Diane Cripps, Curator of History, Portsmouth Museums, Portsmouth, Virginia
Thanks to recent research by assistant curator Ross Patterson, we know a whole lot more about the ship’s crew in the middle of the 1950s, when the ship was serving on Stone Horse Shoal station off Massachusetts. Visitors can now view more images of the crew, connect individuals to their respective quarters, and understand more about the men who stood watch aboard LV101.
Upon entering the ship, visitors will see an introductory label that sets the “date” for their visit: March 4, 1955. This date comes from a group photograph of the crew, taken when LV-101 was stationed at Stone Horse Shoal off the coast of Massachusetts late in its 1916 to 1964 commission.
Just outside the crew’s quarters, visitors can now see what the 1955 enlisted crew members looked like, where they hailed from, and glance at a bit of information to help bring the crew to life.
Those who come aboard eager to learn about the ship’s technical specifications will also find information about the Engine Room and Superstructure.
Diane L. Cripps
Curator of History, Portsmouth Museums
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, Lightship Portsmouth Museum,
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