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Lighthouse Tender:

  • Built in 1875 at Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • Commissioned 28 July 1875
  • Sunk 23 November 1911.


  • Displacement 507 t.
  • Length 178'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 4' 4"
  • Complement 14 (1888)
  • Propulsion: Two coal-fired boilers, one 90bhp steam engine, two side paddle wheels.
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    Lily 102k Photo from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library
    Photo added 3 June 2021
    John Spivey
    Lily 99k

    Coast Guard History: The United States Lighthouse Tender Lily was built in Jeffersonville, Indiana and was the first tender built specifically for river service. She entered commissioned service in 1875 and served in the 14th Lighthouse District on the upper Mississippi River. She was gutted by fire while tied up at Cincinnati, Ohio in September of 1884 and was completely rebuilt by the Madison Marine Railway for a cost of $10,850. She returned to service in January of 1885.

    She transferred to the 15th Lighthouse District in 1888 to replace the USLHT Ivy that had been wrecked. In 1909 she was transferred to Rock Island, Illinois, on the Missouri River. She sank on 17 October 1911 near Washington, Missouri. She was refloated but sank again after hitting a snag near St. Albans, Missouri on 23 November 1911. She was declared a total loss.

    Apparently her wreck silted up to the point that it formed an island and is now known as "Lily Island."

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