Thistle, 1927

Sept. 8, 2020

Thistle, 1927

Any of numerous weedy plants, chiefly of the genera Cirsium, Carduus, or Onopordum of the composite family, having prickly leaves and variously colored flower heads surrounded by prickly bracts.

Builder: Newburgh, New York

Length: 59'

Beam: 20' 

Draft: 10'

Displacement: 128 tons

Cost: ?

Commissioned: 1927

Decommissioned: 1934

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: steam engine; coal-fired boiler; single propeller

Deck Gear: 

Performance & Endurance:


Complement: no permanent crew

Armament: None

Tender History:

The second tender named Thistle was built in 1907 for the War Department as an auxiliary steamer.  The Lighthouse Service acquired her in 1922 although she did not enter formal service until 1927.  She was utilized as harbor launch in Detroit, Michigan.  She did not have a permanent crew.

She was placed out of service and sold on 4 April 1934.


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