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USCGC Hyacinth

Call sign:
Nan - Roger - Xray - Sugar

ex-USLHS Hyacinth

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

Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Pup - Quack

Hyacinth served the Lighthouse Service, U. S. Navy and the Coast Guard

Lighthouse Tender:

  • The second Hyacinth was built by Jenks Shipbuilding Co., Port Huron, MI
  • Launched 26 July 1902
  • Commissioned USLHS Hyacinth, 26 June 1903
  • Transferred to the Navy with the entire Lighthouse Service by Executive order 11 April 1917
  • Returned to the Department of Commerce 1 July 1919
  • Decommissioned 15 November 1945
  • Sold 19 October 1946 to the Lyons Construction Co. of Whitehall, MI
  • Scrapped in January 1957 at Sturgeon Bay, WI.


  • Displacement 738 t.
  • Length 165'
  • Length between perpendiculars 150'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 11' 6"
    1919 - 14'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 26
    1919 - 25
    1945 - 39
  • Propulsion: Two Scotch boilers, one 878shp compound fore and aft express steam engine (converted to diesel in the mid-1930s), one shaft.
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    Hyacinth 195k Photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft in World War II" by Robert L. Scheina Robert Hurst
    Hyacinth 31k Photo from Historical Collections of the Great Lakes Joe Radigan
    Hyacinth 90k c. September 1914
    National Archives photo from U.S. Lighthouse Society website
    John Spivey
    Photo added 24 December 2021

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