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
Beam: 34' 10"
Draft: 5' 6"
Cost: $ ?
Disposition: Sold on 8 September 1932
Machinery: Steam engine; 35 BHP; single propeller
Performance & Endurance:
Complement: No assigned regular crew
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