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USCGC Amaranth (WAGL 201)

Call sign:
Nan - Roger - William - Xray

ex-USLHT Amaranth

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Able - Pup - Tare

Call sign (1927):
George - Vice - Nagative - Roger

Amaranth served the Lighthouse Service, the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard

Lighthouse Tender:

  • Built in 1892 by the Cleveland Ship Building Company, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Launched 18 December 1891
  • Commissioned USLHT Amaranth 14 April 1892
  • Transferred to the Navy by Executive Order of 16 April 1917
  • Returned to the Department of Commerce 1 July 1919
  • On the morning of 23 July 1920, while supplying Passage Island Light Station, Lake Superior, Michigan, struck the rocks under water at the extreme south westerly point of the island, breaking the shoe
    and rudder, with the total loss of the latter. Repairs were made by the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company, Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada. She also received new boilers and then returned to service
  • Transferred to the Navy again under Executive Order 8929 of 1 November 1941
  • Designated WAGL-201
  • Decommissioned 29 September 1945
  • Sold in 1946 to Commerce Lines, Inc. of Grand Haven, MI and rebuilt as a package freighter
  • Returned to service in 1949
  • Registered in 1950 to Commerce Lines, Inc. of Grand Haven as the freighter South Wind out of Muskegon, MI
  • Laid up in 1954 at Whitehall, MI
  • Out of documentation in 1954
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 975 t.
    1927 - 744 t.
    1950 - 711 t.
  • Length 166'
    1927 - 150'
    1950 - 147.3'
  • Beam 28'
    1950 - 27.7'
  • Draft 14'
    1950 - 13.6'
  • Complement 29
    1907 - 17
    1927 - 30
    1950 - 18
  • Speed 10.4 kts.
  • Armament: One 6-pounder. Later one 3"/50, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two Page and Burton coal fired water tube Scotch-type boilers (converted from coal to oil fired in 1934), one 600hp compound inverted reciprocating steam engine, one shaft.
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    Amaranth 294k

    Amaranth - A legendary plant whose flowers are supposed never to fade, even when cut

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 8 March 2022
    Amaranth 236k U.S. Coast Guard photo The J. Candace Clifford Lighthouse Research Catalog

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