Woodbine, 1914

July 10, 2020

Woodbine, 1914

A vine native to North America also known as honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, and American ivy.

 Builder: West New Brighton, New York

Length: 95' 01"

Beam: 16'

Draft: 7'

Displacement: 107 tons

Cost: $24,727.85

Commissioned: 1 March 1914

Decommissioned: 16 April 1933

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Corliss internal combustion kerosene engine; 125 BHP; single propeller

Deck Gear: Wood derrick, 3-ton capacity

Performance & Endurance:


Complement: 6

Armament: None

Electronics: None

Tender History:

Woodbine was a wooden-hulled launch, built in 1913 at New Brighton, New York, for the United States Lighthouse Service.  She initially served as a lighthouse tender at Baltimore until she was shifted to Philadelphia in about 1915. 

The Navy took over the ship during World War I for use as a section patrol craft and operated her in the 4th Naval District (Philadelphia) into 1919.  She was returned to the Lighthouse Service on 1 July 1919 and was struck from the Navy list the same day.  Her power-plant was removed and a triple-expansion steam engine was added in 1925.

Woodbine remained in operation with the Lighthouse Service until she was decommissioned on 16 April 1933 and was sold on 20 October of that same year.


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