Crocus, 1874

Dec. 9, 2020

Crocus, 1874

A plant of the genus Crocus, widely cultivated in gardens and bearing variously colored flowers and grass-like leaves.

Builder:  Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Length: 35'

Beam: 10'

Draft: 2' 2"


Cost: $4,600

Commissioned: 1874

Decommissioned: 1878

Disposition: Sold

Machinery:  Two direct-acting link motion steam engines; coal fired locomotive-type boiler; twin propellers

Performance & Endurance:


Deck Gear: 


Armament: None

Tender History:

The United States Steam Launch Crocus was built for the Lighthouse Service and was assigned to the 6th Lighthouse District as an engineering tender.  It December 1873 her hull was coppered and she was transferred to Charleston, South Carolina where she assisted in the construction of the Morris Island Lighthouse.  She was transferred to Lazaretto Point in the 5th Lighthouse District.

She was sold in 1878.


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