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Lighthouse Tender Photo Archive
Call sign (1927):
George - Vice - Love - Hypo
River Tender:The first Dandelion was built in 1893 as F. Weyerhaeuser by Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann, Rock Island, IllinoisAcquired by the Lighthouse Service 2 March 1917Commissioned River Tender Dandelion 6 April 1917Decommissioned in 1926 and soldAbandoned in 1931.
Specifications:Displacement 302 t.1927 - 232 t.Length 140'Beam 31'Draft 3' 3"Complement 171927 - FivePropulsion: Three Mississippi-type horizontal water tube boilers, one 503hp horizontal single cylinder steam engine, one stern paddle wheel.
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The sidewheelers and sternwheelers Minnesota, Hiawatha, Idler, Wanderer II and F. Weyerhaeuser docked at Steamboat landing and Union Station, St. Paul, MN. F. Weyerhaeuser is moored inboard of Idler
||Photo from University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library
U.S. Lighthouse Service photo
Photo added 31 July 2021
Coast Guard History: The Dandelion was originally built as the river steamer F. Weyerhaeuser for the lumber company in St. Paul, Minnesota, of the same name for use as a log pusher on the Mississippi River. She was purchased by the Lighthouse Service on 2 March 1917 for $23,173.90 from the Rock Island Steamboat Company and was renamed Dandelion.
She operated out of Rock Island, Illinois and serviced aids to navigation on the upper Mississippi River until she was placed out of service in 1926. She was ultimately abandoned in 1931
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