Dahlia, 1874

Dec. 15, 2020

Dahlia, 1874

Dahlia: a plant of the genus Dahlia, indigenous to Mexico and Central America, with tuberous roots and usually large, variously colored flowers.

Builder: Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Length: 141' 6"

Beam: 25'

Draft: 10' 6"

Displacement: 426 tons

Cost: $81,800

Commissioned: May, 1874

Decommissioned: 1909

Disposition: Sold

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

Performance & Endurance:


Deck Gear: Wood derrick

Complement: 21

Armament: None

Tender History:

The United States Lighthouse Tender Dahlia was the first tender built specifically for service on the Great Lakes.  She was an iron-hulled steamer of over 400 tons displacement when fully loaded.  She was assigned as an inspection tender to the 11th Lighthouse District on Lake Michigan.

She was sold for $5,400 on 17 February 1909 and became the passenger steamer Flora M. Hill.  She later sank off Chicago Harbor on 11 March 1912.


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