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Sherwin-Williams assists in restoration of historic lightship.

The United States Lightship Museum (USLM), a non-profit volunteer organization, is in the process of restoring the U.S. Coast Guard Lightship Nantucket/LV-112. Assisting in this effort is The Sherwin-Williams Company which provided coatings to protect the 75-year-old lightship one of only 17 such vessels still in existence. Together with the efforts of volunteers and donations from corporations, private foundations, and individuals, the USLM has brought the ship back to her original homeport of Boston. Once the restoration is completed, the LV-112 will serve as a floating learning center and museum.

For 39 years, the vessel guided transatlantic shipping from Nantucket Shoals lightship station to and from the U.S. East Coast and Europe, notably in some of the world's most treacherous shipping lanes.

Following its decommissioning in 1975, the ship fell into disrepair after many years of abandonment. Built in 1936, it has a riveted hull. As a result of aging and neglect of the hull, the armored steel shell plating had visible areas of pitting from active corrosion caused by seawater and electrolysis.

The protective coatings being donated for the restoration project by Sherwin-Williams include SeaGuard 5000HS Epoxy, a high-performance, low-VOC, high solids, anti-corrosive epoxy coating that will cover the ship's entire hull; SeaVoyage Ablative Antifoulant, a solvent-based, copper-and tin-free ablative coating that deters soft and hard fouling; and Proline 4800, a linear polyurethane finish coat to match the red color that is standard on U.S. Coast Guard lightships. Proline 4800 in white was also used for the ship's lettering.

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"Sherwin-Williams' support was crucial to our success in preserving one of America's most unique historic landmarks," said Robert Mannino Jr., president of the United States Lightship Museum.

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"In addition to simply providing the coatings, Sherwin-Williams helped make the recommendations for how to prepare and coat the ship's exterior hull surface, above and below the waterline," noted Narsi Bodapati, vice president of marketing, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.

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LV-112 had been dry-docked at Fitzgerald Shipyard in Chelsea, MA, while the exterior hull was being restored. The vessel returned to its berth at the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina in February.
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