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Lighthouse Tender Photo Archive


Call sign (1912):
George - Vice - Nan - Have

Goldenrod served both the U.S. Lighthouse Service and U.S. Army

River Tender:

  • Built in 1888 by James W. and Michael A. Sweeney, Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • Launched 27 August 1888
  • Commissioned 12 December 1888
  • Decommissioned 20 June 1924 and sold
  • Moored in 1927 under the ice piers in Middleport, OH, broke away in a flood and was lost.


  • Displacement 283 t.
    1912 - 461 t.
  • Length 150'
  • Beam 26' 6"
    1912 - 27'
  • Draft 3' 8"
    1912 - 4'
  • Complement 21 (1912)
  • Speed 12mph
  • Propulsion: Two locomotive-type boilers, two 150bhp high pressure non-condensing steam engines, one stern paddle wheel.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Goldenrod 170k Photo from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library John Spivey
    Goldenrod 129k
    Goldenrod 119k John Spivey
    Photo added 31 January 2022
    Goldenrod 59k U.S. Lighthouse Service photo John Spivey

    Coast Guard History: The United States tender Goldenrod was "a steel stern wheel steamer built from a special appropriation for a 'steam-tender for the Western Rivers." She was built at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1888 for a contract price of $26,400 with the final cost being $33,221.44 as built. She was powered by two high pressure, lever non-condensing steam engines. She was placed on duty in the 14th Lighthouse District in December, 1888. She was used by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War I.

    She was decommissioned in 1924 and sold.

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