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USLHT Arbutus

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Able - George - Mike

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

Lighthouse Tender:

  • The second Arbutus was built in 1879 by William J. Malster and Co., Baltimore, Maryland
  • Commissioned USLHT Arbutus in September 1879
  • Transferred to the Navy by Executive Order of 16 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Arbutus 4 June 1917
  • Returned to the Lighthouse Service 1 July 1919
  • Laid up due to a lack of funding in January 1921
  • Decommissioned 8 April 1924
  • Sold 3 March 1925
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 500 t.
  • Length 145'
  • Beam 25'
  • Draft 10' 7"
  • Complement 19 (1907), 22 (1917)
  • Speed 13
  • Propulsion: Two coal fired boilers, one 400bhp steam engines, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Arbutus 58k Lighthouse Service photo The J. Candace Clifford Lighthouse Research Catalog

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

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