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LORAN STATION FOLLY ISLAND
32 41 02.79N 79 53 13.13W Mar 1949 Op Data Report
32 41 01.86 N 79 53 15.34 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Pictures:

Fact Sheet:

Site Survey:

 

Construction Date

 

Constructed by:

CONSTRUCTION DET B

Established:

JAN 1945

Disestablished:

JAN 1981

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

US EAST COAST

Station Letter designation:

3H6, 3L1 C

Station code name:

 

Station Unit Number:

361

Station nickname:

FOLLY BEACH

On-air testing date:

1H2, 17 JAN 1945
1H1, 25 MAR 1945

Operational date:

11 APR 1945

Operations Ceased:

31 DEC 1980

Station Operation:

Double MASTER

Station pair:

1H1 BODIE ISLAND
1H2, 1H7 HOBE SOUND
1H6, 3H6 CAPE HATTERAS
1H7, 3L1 JUPITER INLET

Loran Rate:

1H1, 1H2, 1H6, 1H7, 3L1, 3H6

On-Air:

1H1 11 APR 1945 BODIE ISLAND
1H2 15 MAY 1945 HOBE SOUND
1H6 1949 CAPE HATTERAS
1H7 1949 HOBE SOUND
1H7 1962 JUPITER INLET
3L1 1968 JUPITER INLET
3H6 1968 CAPE HATTERAS

Off-Air

1H1 1949 BODIE ISLAND
1H2 1949 HOBE SOUND
1H6 1968 CAPE HATERAS
1H7 1962 HOBE SOUND
1H7 1968 JUPITER INLET
3L1 312400Z DEC 1980 JUPITER INLET
3H6 312400Z DEC 1980 CAPE HATTERAS

Monitor Rate:

 

Equipment:

 

Antenna Type: 300ft Wind Turbine

Personnel Allowance:

SEP 1947 Hurricane washed out 300ft of Station access road.
Jan 1953 ETC, ET1, 2 ET2, 4 ET3, CS1, EN2, 4 SN
1 JAN 1954 ETC, ET1, 2 ET2

Miscellaneous:

1968 Xmtr Tower Replaced
1970 - Station Upgrade

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

CO: LTJG Charles Sopko 1946 - 30 AUG 1948
OINC: ETC (Z) Carl S Pierce 30 AUG 1948 -
OINC: ETC(P) W G Stepp 1961
Last OINC: ETC Libby 1977 - JAN 1981

Documents:

30 AUG 1948 - Ltr of Relief - pdf

24 JUN 1947 - Beach Erosion Correspondence - pdf 
15 Dec 1947 - Approach Road - pdf
27 JAN 1948 - Army Excess Property - pdf

20 Mar 1949 - Operational Data Report - pdf
13 JUN 1949 - Maintaining a Entrance Gate - pdf

06 SEP 1949 - Bid for new 300 ft tower -pdf
22 NOV 1950 - Flood Plan Msg - pdf
07 APR 1953 - 2nd endorsement to E -pdf
21 APR 1953 - Garage Requirement - pdf
18 NOV 1953 - Personnel Allowance Change - pdf

Picture: - Click on picture for larger image

Loran Station Folly Island

Picture from google earth.

The below photos were contributed by Steve Sopko
LTJG Charles Sopko - Commanding Office 1946 - 1949

LORSTA Folly Island Barracks, circa 1946

Lorsta Folly Island Barracks, circa 1946

Folly Beach Timer Room circa 1946-1949

Folly Beach Timer Room circa 1946-1949
Ltjg Charles Sopko (CO) and watchstander

Loran Station Folly Beach circa 1946

Loran Station Folly Beach (Folly Island) circa 1946

Loran Station Folly Beach Station House circa 1946

Folly Beach Station House, circa 1946

Folly Beach Station House c./1946

The below photos from Mar 1949 Operational Data Report
(U.S. Coast Guard official photos)


Building 1 & 2 extreme right, Building 12 on left
Building 1 Store Room
Building 2 Station power & water
Building 12 RACON Tower - 5 stories


Station Road


Another view of the station


Building 1 & 2
Building 1 - Sore Room
Building 2 - Station Power and Water supply


Entrance to Building 3
Office, Mess Hall, Galley, Laundry, Crew Qtrs


Building 4 - Recreation Room - front to the rear was the pool table


Building 5 - General Stores and Carpenter Shop


Buildings 3, 4 & 5
Building 3 - Office, Mess Hall, Galley, Laundry, Crew Qtrs
Building 4 - Recreation Room - front to the rear was the pool table
Building 5 - General Stores & Carpenter Shop


Building 6 - Fire Pump


Building 7 - Paint Locker


Building 8 - Garage


Buildings 9 & 10 in foreground & Building 11
Building 9 - Electronics Store-room
Building 10 - Technicians Sleeping Qtrs
Building 11 - LORAN Equipment Hut


Building 11 - LORAN Equipment Hut


Building 11 - LORAN Equipment Hut  and Antenna System


Station Receiving Antenna


Building 12 - RACON Tower


Station Entrance Sign
 


Roadway departing the station


Roadway washed out by Sep 1947 Hurricane

The below photos was contributed by Phil Sorenen C./1962 and 2007


Station Entrance 1962


Station 1962


Station 1962


Station Entrance 2007


Station Road 2007


What is left


Ariel View 2007

Thanks Phil!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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