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USLHT Gardenia
ex-USS Gardenia
ex-USLHT Gardenia

Call sign:
George - Vice - Nan - Sail

Gardenia served both the U.S. Light House Service and U.S. Navy

Light House Tender:

  • Built as George W. Beale in 1879 at East Deering, Maine
  • Acquired by the Light House Service 12 June 1888 and commissioned USLHT Gardenia
  • Laid up 11 February - 30 April 1890 to replace boiler
  • Laid up in 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 4 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Gardenia 13 September 1917 at New York, NY
  • Returned to the Lighthouse Service on 1 July 1919
  • Condemned and sold 19 September 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 245 t.
    1917 - 217 t.
  • Length 117'
  • Beam 20' 2"
    1917 - 20"
  • Draft 6' 6"
    1917 - 6'
  • Complement 15
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Propulsion: One coal fired boiler, one 130bhp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Gardenia 76k c. 1916
    National Archives photo from U.S. Lighthouse Society website
    John Spivey

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