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USCGC Hydrangea (WAGL 236)

Call sign:
Nan - Roger - William - Sugar

ex-USCGC Mayflower
ex-USS Suwanee
ex-USLHS Mayflower

Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Nan - Watch

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

Lighthouse Tender:

  • The third Mayflower was built in 1897 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME
  • Commissioned USLHS Mayflower in November 1897
  • Transferred to the Navy 27 April 1898 and renamed Suwanee to avoid confusion with the converted yacht USS Mayflower (later the Presidential yacht)
  • Returned to the Lighthouse Service in December 1898 and renamed Mayflower
  • Transferred to the Navy and commissioned USS Mayflower 10 May 1917
  • Returned to the Lighthouse Service 1 July 1919
  • Decommissioned in December 1939 and transferred to the Maritime Training Service in Boston, MA
  • Recommissioned in July 1940 as USCGC Mayflower (WAGL 236)
  • Renamed Hydrangea 15 August 1943 to again avoid a naming conflict with USS Mayflower (PY 1) (also back in the Navy again as a patrol craft)
  • Decommissioned 8 October 1945 and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal and was sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 650 t.
    1919 - 572 t.
    1945 - 821 t.
  • Length 164'
  • Length between perpendiculars 155'
  • Beam 30'
  • Draft 8' 1"
    1919 - 12'
    1945 - 9'
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 29
    1909 - 23
    1919 - 29
    1945 - 40
  • Armament: Two 20mm mounts and two depth charge tracks (1945)
  • Propulsion: Two Almy watertube coal fired boilers, two 325shp Steeple compound reciprocating steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USLHS Mayflower
    Unalga 65k Photo and text from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina Robert Hurst
    USS Suwanee
    Unalga 115k Halftone photograph, published in the book War in Cuba, 1898, showing Suwanee underway off Siboney, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War. Ships in the background include USS St. Louis (left) and USS Vixen (right)
    Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 85649
    Robert Hurst

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    Mayflower history entry located on the Coast Guard Cutter History website
    View the Suwanee
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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