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USLHT Arbutus
ex-USS Daffodil

Arbutus served both the U.S. Navy and Lighthouse Service

Lighthouse Tender:

  • The first Arbutus was built as Jonas Smith in 1861 by B. C. Terry Shipyard, Keyport, New Jersey
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 November 1862 and commissioned USS Daffodil
  • Sold 13 March 1867 at Savannah, GA and renamed Aaron Wilbur
  • Purchased by the Lighthouse Service in 1871 and commissioned USLHT Arbutus
  • Decommissioned in 1874 and declared as unfit
  • Sold 13 April 1875 and renamed Cora
  • Scrapped in 1880.


  • Displacement 264.04 t.
    USN - 173 t.
  • Length 125'
    USN - 110' 6"
  • Beam 22' 6"
  • Draft 7' 3"
    USN - 5' 6"
  • Speed 8 kts. (USN)
  • Complement 35 (USN)
  • Armament: Two 20-pounders (USN)
  • Propulsion: One boiler, one single beam steam engine, side paddle wheels.
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    Arbutus 183k

    Arbutus - Any of 20 species of evergreen shrubs or trees of the heath family found in southern Europe and western North America

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 9 March 2022
    Arbutus 143k Lighthouse Service photo from U.S. Lighthouse Society website John Spivey

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    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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