Violet, 1871

July 1, 2020

Violet, 1871

 Any of various low-growing plants of the genus Viola, bearing spurred, irregular flowers that are purplish-blue and occasionally yellow or white.

Builder:  Elizabethport, Staten Island, New York

Length: 107'

Beam: 21' 6"

Draft: 4' 2"

Displacement: 231 tons

Cost: $16,827

Commissioned: 1871

Decommissioned: 1910?

Disposition: Sold, 1910

Machinery: Steam engine; coal-fired boiler; 400 IHP; side paddle wheels

Performance & Endurance:


Deck Gear: 

Complement: 21

Armament: None

Tender History:

Violet was originally built in 1864 as the 107-foot steamer Martha Washington.  She was purchased in 1870 in New York and was converted for use as a tender.  She entered service in 1871 under the name Violet and was assigned to duty in the 4th Lighthouse District.  She was overhauled in 1877 and again in 1886.  During the latter overhaul her hull was lengthened to 143-feet.  She was then transferred to the 5th Lighthouse District where she served as an inspection tender.

She was sold in 1910 and became the privately-owned steamboat Charles H. Werner.


Douglas Peterson.  United States Lighthouse Service Tenders, 1840-1939. Annapolis: Eastwind Publishing, 2000.