Birch, 1917

Nov. 6, 2020

Birch, 1917

Birch: Any of several deciduous trees of the genus Betula, common in the Northern Hemisphere and having white, yellowish or gray bark separable from the wood in sheets.

Builder:  ?; Erie, Pennsylvania

Length: 40'

Beam: 34' 10"

Draft: 5' 6"

Displacement: 13-tons

Cost: $ ?

Commissioned: 1917

Decommissioned: 1930

Disposition: Sold on 8 September 1932

Machinery: Steam engine; 35 BHP; single propeller

Performance & Endurance:


Deck Gear: 

Complement: No assigned regular crew

Armament: None

Electronics: None

Tender History:

Birch was a 13-ton steam-powered small harbor tender that served as a buoy boat in the 10th Lighthouse District from 1917 until 1930.  She was decommissioned in 1930 as being "beyond economical repair" and was sold.  She became a private tug named Avalon.


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