Alanthus, 1870

April 13, 2020

Alanthus, 1870

A genus of trees belonging to the family Simaroubaceae, in the order Sapindales. The genus is native from east Asia south to northern Australasia.

Builder: William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Length: 135'

Beam: 25' 5"

Draft: 9'

Displacement: 295 tons

Cost: $44,100

Launched: 1869

Commissioned: 1870

Decommissioned: 1881

Disposition: Sold, 15 February 1882

Machinery: Condensing beam steam engine, IHP 300; side paddle wheel propulsion

Complement: 16

Armament: None Tender


Alanthus was one of two tenders of the Verbena Class, the other being the tender Verbena. Both entered service in 1870. They were wooden hulled, steam powered, side paddle wheelers of 295 tons. 2 Alanthus was assigned to the Sixth Lighthouse District at Charleston. She was overhauled and a new boiler was installed in 1875. She was declared unfit for further use in 1880 and was decommissioned the following year. Apparently useful fittings were removed prior to her sale in 1882 for use on the new tender, Wistaria. 



Douglas Peterson. U.S. Lighthouse Service Tenders, 1840 - 1939. Annapolis, Maryland: Eastwind Publishing, 2000.

Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1982.