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USLHT Columbine

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Love - Love

Call sign (1927):
George - Vice - Negative - Mike

Columbine served the Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Navy

Lighthouse Tender:

  • The second Columbine was built in 1892 by the Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Commissioned USLHT Columbine in September 1892
  • Transferred to the Navy 11 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Columbine
  • Returned to the Lighthouse Service 1 July 1919
  • Rebuilt in 1920
  • Laid up in 1923
  • Returned to duty in 1925
  • Laid up again in April 1927
  • Decommissioned in May 1927
  • Sold 22 July 1927 and served as SS Columbine until 1942 when she was abandoned
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 643 t.
    1927 - 424 t.
  • Length 155'
    1927 - 145'
  • Beam 26' 6"1927 - 27'
  • Draft 15' 2"
    1927 - 15'
  • Complement 21
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Propulsion: Two coal fired cylindrical single-ended Scotch-type boilers, two 400hp compound inverted fore and aft steam engines, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Columbine 103k Photo from Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library Great Lakes Maritime Collection John Spivey
    Columbine 250k Off Tillamook Light [Oregon] in 1893. O. W. Farenholt, Inspector
    Courtesy of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, MC, USN, collection, 1933
    U.S. Navy photo NH 414
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Columbine 250k Steaming, at 15 Knots, Columbia River, 10 May 1894
    U.S. Navy photo NH 55298
    Columbine 230k Alongside the wharf of the U. S. Buoy and Supply Depot, Astoria, Oregon, in 1894. USLHT Manzanita on the left with Columbine on the right
    U.S. Navy photo NH 55298-A
    Columbine 250k At Victoria, British Columbia, on 26 May 1894. Columbine on the left with USLHT Manzanita to the right
    Courtesy Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, MC, USN
    U.S. Navy photo NH 55299
    Columbine 375k 26 October 1892
    U.S. Navy photo NH 55300

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

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