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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)

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 AKA: 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: Dual 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 – 021400Z JUL 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 – 021400Z JUL 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: Jan 1953 – ETC, ET1, 2 ET2, 4 ET3, CS1, EN2, 4 SN
1 JAN 1954 – ETC, ET1, 2 ET2 

Miscellaneous: SEP 1947 - Hurricane washed out 300ft of Station access road.
1 DEC 1953 - Rate 1H6 Semi-Automation
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

Pictures

Loran Station Folly Island from Google Earth

The following 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 circa 1946

Folly Beach Station House c./1946

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

View of station

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 and buildings

Station Road

View of station

Another view of the station

Buildings 1 and 2 at Folly Beach

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

Building 3 at Folly Beach

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

Recreation Hall at Folly Beach

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

General stores and Carpentry shop

Building 5 - General Stores and Carpenter Shop

Buildings 3, 4, and 5 at folly beach

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 at Folly Beach

Building 6 - Fire Pump

Building 7, the paint locker

Building 7 - Paint Locker

Building 8, garage

Building 8 - Garage

Building 9, 10, and 11

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

Loran Quonset Hut at Folly Beach

Building 11 - LORAN Equipment Hut

Loran Hut and Antenna System at Folly Beach

Building 11 - LORAN Equipment Hut  and Antenna System

Receiving antenna at Folly Beach

Station Receiving Antenna

RACON tower at Folly Beach

Building 12 - RACON Tower

Main Gate at Folly Beach

Station Entrance Sign

Roadway away from the station

Roadway departing the station

Folly Beach roadway washed out - Sep 1947 Hurricane

Roadway washed out by Sep 1947 Hurricane

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

Folly Beach 1962

Main gate 1962

Station Entrance 1962

Station 1962

Station 1962

Station 1962

Station 1962

Station Entrance 1962

Station Entrance 2007

Station Road 2007

Station Road 2007

All that remains

What is left

Aerial View 2007

Ariel View 2007

Thanks Phil!