Water Lily, 1895

July 31, 2020

Water Lily, 1895

Any of various cosmopolitan aquatic herbs of the genus Nymphaea, having floating leaves and showy, variously colored flowers, especially N. odorata, with fragrant many-petaled white or pinkish flowers.  Also called pond lily.

Builder: Gas Engine & Power Company, Morris Heights, New York

Length: 69'

Beam: 10' 6"

Draft: 5'

Displacement: 39 tons

Cost: $9,260.50

Commissioned: 31 October 1895

Decommissioned: 1929

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Internal combustion engine (naptha-powered as launched); twin propellers

Deck Gear: None

Performance & Endurance:

Complement: 4

Armament: None

Tender History:

Water Lily and sister Snowdrop were constructed as launches.  Water Lily served as an Inspector's launch at Charleston, South Carolina, then the Indian River, Florida, and was then transferred to the 6th Lighthouse District in 1927.  Her engine was changed from naptha to gasoline-powered in 1912.

She was sold in 1929.


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