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USAT Heather (FS 534)
ex-USCGC Heather
ex-USLHS Heather

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Able - King - Love

ex-USS Heather
ex-USLHS Heather

Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Pup - Love

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

Lighthouse Tender:

  • Built in 1903 by Moran Shipbuilding, Seattle, WA
  • Commissioned USLHS Heather 10 June 1903
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 April 1917
  • Returned to the Department of Commerce 1 July 1919
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard in 1939 and designated USCGC Heather
  • Decommissioned 1 September 1940, loaned to the War Department and renamed USAT Heather (FS 534)
  • Permanently transferred to the War Department 6 September 1940
  • Sold to a foreign buyer after the war and worked off the China coast in the 1950s
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 831 t.
    1917 - 731 t.
    1919 - 631 t.
  • Length 178' 6"
  • Length between perpendiculars 165'
  • Beam 28' 6"
    1919 - 28'
  • Draft 14' 11"
    1917 - 8'
    1919 - 15'
  • Complement 27
    1917 - 26
  • Propulsion: Two Scotch-type boilers, one 750shp vertical condensing fore and aft compound steam engine, one shaft
    1919 - 685ihp
    1930 - Converted to diesel.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Heather 192k Seattle, WA
    Corps of Engineers, Seattle District photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
    Robert Hurst
    Heather 83k 17 February 1915
    National Archives photo from U.S. Lighthouse Society website
    John Spivey
    Photo added 22 December 2021

    View the Heather
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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