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Call sign:
George - Vice - Nan - Pup

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Unit - Cast - Fox

Lilac served both the Lighthouse Service and U. S. Navy

Lighthouse Tender:

  • The second Lilac was built in 1892 at Cleveland, OH
  • Transferred to the Navy by Executive Order of 11 April 1917
  • Returned to the Department of Commerce 1 July 1919
  • Decommissioned in 1930
  • Sold 24 March 1931
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 582 t.
  • Length 155'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 11' 6"
  • Complement 32
  • Propulsion: One 800hp steam engine, one shaft
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    Size Image Description Source
    Lilac 43k c. 1927
    U.S. Lighthouse Service photo
    John Spivey

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

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