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Call sign (1924):
Nan - Able - Sail - George

Call sign (1927):
George - Vice - Preparatory - William

Sumac served the Lighthouse Service and U.S. Navy

Lighthouse Tender:

  • Built in 1903 by the Burlee Dry Dock Co., Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY
  • Commissioned USLHT Sumac 13 August 1908
  • Transferred to the Navy 11 April 1917 and placed in service
  • Struck from the Navy List 14 May 1919 and returned to the Lighthouse Service
  • Decommissioned in 1930
  • Sold in 1940 for use as a tug and renamed Oscar Lehtinen
  • Scrapped in 1957.


  • Displacement 887 t.
    1927 - 681 t.
  • Length 169'
    1927 - 160'
  • Beam 30'
  • Draft 11' 9"
    1927 - 13'
  • Complement 32
    1927 - 33
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Armament: None
    1945 - One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two single-ended boilers, two 350hp vertical compound steam engines, two shafts.
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    Sumac 224k U.S. Coast Guard photo U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:


    Any of several anacardiaceous trees, shrubs, or woody vines

    Sumac was built in 1903 at Port Richmond, N.Y., for the United States Lighthouse Service and utilized by that organization at Milwaukee, Wis.

    Sumac was not commissioned in the Navy, but jurisdiction over her was transferred to the Navy Department in April 1917, and she was assigned patrol duty in the 9th Naval District. Sumac was returned to the Lighthouse Service on 14 May 1919.

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