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USLHT Cactus
ex-USS Cactus

Cactus served both the U.S. Navy and the Light House Establishment


Light House Tender:

  • Built in 1864 as Polar Star in Brooklyn, New York
  • Purchased by the Navy 9 December 1863
  • Commissioned USS Cactus 4 May 1864
  • Decommissioned 8 June 1865 at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC
  • Transferred to the Light House Board 20 June 1865 and commissioned USLHT Cactus
  • Rebuilt in 1870
  • Refitted in 1882 and 1887
  • Decommissioned 31 January 1909
  • Sold in 1909 and became the merchant freighter Prospect, homeported in New York, NY
  • Changed homeport to Philadelphia, PA in 1920 and operated until 1921
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 242 t.
    1910 - 188 t.
  • Length 140' 7"
    1910 - 144.7'
  • Beam 22' 6"
    1910 - 21.4'
  • Draft 7' 6"
    1910 - 8.3'
  • Complement: 15
    1910 - Eight
    1920 - Six
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Armament: One 30-pounder and two 12-pounders (USN)
  • Propulsion: One coal fired boiler, two side paddle-wheels.
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    Cactus 93k U.S. Lighthouse Establishment photo from U.S. Lighthouse Society website John Spivey

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