Kristen Golden

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Kristen Kerr Golden is an American designer who oversaw the redesign of the historic WLV-612 Coast Guard Lightship and is the President of Lightship Brands, an American fashion design company. Kristen is married to American attorney, business man and former Massachusetts State Senator. William B. Golden. Kristen and Bill co-own both the WLV-612 and the WLV-613 Lightships. Kristen was born in Wellesley, MA and is a graduate of the Trinity School in Manchester, NH. She attended Suffolk University School of Design. Kristen is mother to Braden Keefe Golden.

Design Work[edit]

WLV-612 Redesign[edit]

Kristen Golden lead the interior redesign and exterior restoration of the WLV-613 ship after she and husband William Golden purchased the WLV-612 in 2000 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in an auction on eBay.[1] The ship was originally built in 1950 and served as a commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard as a light vessel from 1951 to 1983. It is currently the only lightship in the US that is fully powered and operational.

The ship has over 4,000 square feet of interior space on 3 decks, as well as over 2,000 feet of exterior space.[2] While Kristen elected to preserve the exterior of the vessel, so that from the outside it looks like an active Lightship, the interior of the vessel received a complete redesign. Prior to the redesign, the ship did not include any wood. Kristen's 16 person team of local New Bedford artisans and contractors "furnished its walls with oak, mahogany, and American cherry, transforming the vessel into a yacht."[3]

Lightship Brands, LLC[edit]

In 2020, Kristen started Lightship Brands, LLC with her husband William and former American Express executive, Carolyn Shapiro. Lightship Brands is a lifestyle brand that centers around the ethos of the Lightship.


  1. Clarke, Katherine (2019-01-24). "The Former Senator Who Made His Home Aboard a Historic Lightship". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  2. Flamer, Keith. "This Historic U.S. Coast Guard Ship Doubles As $5.2 Million Luxury Residence". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  3. "Want to live on this Nantucket lightship? Now's your chance". Real Estate. 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2020-12-21.

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