At this time Large Navigational Buoys, complete with lights and radio transmitters, were taking the place of the venerable lightships.Other competition for the lightships niche came from sturdy permanent structures dubbed Texas Towers, which were used at hazardous coastal locations.LV 101 was equipped with a number of fog signals as well: a 6-inch air siren was on deck, complimented by a submarine bell and a thousand-pound bell which was operated by hand.The lightship had a sister ship, known simply as LV 102, and together they sported the novel feature of a hollow mast.LV 101 was built by Pusey and Jones of Wilmington, Delaware for 8,507.
Lightships still had their geographical names painted in very large white letters on red hulls, so that captains could recognize them from a great distance.
This allowed the sailors protection from the elements as they ascended to service the lantern.
Both ships also possessed a steel pilot house on the bridge, at the foot of the mast.
LV 101 had been docked in Portland, Maine after her last stint in Nantucket, and this came to the attention of Portsmouth.
The city sought the aid of Anthony Penello, a native of Portsmouth working as a fisherman in New England.