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USCGC Magnolia (WAGL 231)

Call sign:
Nan - Roger - Xray - Xray

ex-USLHT Magnolia

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

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

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

Magnolia Class Lighthouse Tender:

  • The second Magnolia was built in 1903 by the Baltimore Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD
  • Launched in October 1903
  • Commissioned USLHT Magnolia 5 May 1904
  • Transferred to the Navy by Executive Order of 9 April 1917
  • Returned to the Treasury Department at the end of hostilities
  • Transferred to the Navy again under Executive Order 8929 of 1 November 1941
  • Designated WAGL-231
  • Sank off Mobile, AL 25 August 1945 after a collision with the American Mail Line Freighter SS Marguerite Leland.


  • Displacement 685 t.
    1927 - 550 t.
  • Length 173'
    1927 - 165'
  • Beam 30'
  • Draft 7' 6"
    1927 - 13'
  • Complement 29
    1927 - 32
  • Speed 12 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 boilers (converted from coal to oil fired in 1934), two 2-cylinder 350hp compound steam engines, two shafts.
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    Magnolia 104k U.S. Coast Guard photos The Sinking of the USCGC MAGNOLIA (WAGL 231)
    Magnolia 64k
    Magnolia 53k John Spivey

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