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Lighthouse Tender Photo Archive


Call sign (1927):
George - Vice - Nan - Dog

Oleander served both the U.S. Lighthouse Service and U.S. Army

River Tender:

  • Built in 1903 by Iowa Iron Works, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Commissioned 23 January 1903
  • Decommissioned 23 April 1928 and transferred to the War Department
  • Acquired in 1930 by Captain Russell Warner and stripped off the cabin. The steel hull was eventually acquired by the Ohio River Co. and used at Huntington, WV as a coal fueling barge with a steam hoist
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 548 t.
  • Length 188' 6"
  • Beam 34'
  • Draft 7'
  • Complement 29 (1907)
    1927 - 22
  • Propulsion: Two Hopkinds combined tubular and water-tube coal-fired boilers, two 300hp Baldwin-Vulclain horizontal compound steam engines, one stern paddle wheel.
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    Oleander 125k Photo from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library John Spivey
    Oleander 92k Interior of Oleander just before President Taft came aboard for his 1909 inspection trip. The first door on the left leads to President Taft's room
    Photo from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library
    Oleander 95k Photo from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library
    Photo added 4 June 2021

    Coast Guard History: The first Oleander was a steam-powered, stern paddle wheel river tender with a steel hull and deck and wood upperworks. She was built by the Iowa Iron Works of Dubuque, Iowa, for use on the upper Mississippi River. She was commissioned on 23 January 1903. She was based out of St. Louis.

    She was decommissioned on 23 April 1928 and was transferred to the War Department.

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