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USLHT Wistaria

Wistaria served both the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the Public Health Service

Lighthouse Tender:

  • Built in 1882 by Pusey & Jones Company, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Commissioned in 1882
  • Decommissioned in February 1911
  • Transferred to the Public Health Service 24 February 1911 for use as a disinfecting steamer at Fort Morgan, AL and later at Key West, FL
  • In 1925 she moored at Tank Island (Sunset Key) and burned to her waterline.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • Length 167' 6"
  • Beam 41' 4"
  • Draft 10'
  • Complement 23
  • Propulsion: one coal-fired return flue boiler, one 355bhp condensing beam steam engine, side paddle wheels.
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    Wistaria 116k Photo from U.S. Lighthouse Society website John Spivey

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    Coast Guard history entry located on the USCG Historian's Office website
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