Daisy, 1873

Dec. 15, 2020

Daisy, 1873

Daisy: A plant having rayed flowers, especially a widely naturalized Eurasian plant, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, having flowers with a yellow center with white rays.

Builder: ?

Length: 91' 6"

Beam: 18'

Draft: 7' 6"

Displacement: 43.66 tons

Cost: $11,000

Commissioned: 1873

Decommissioned: 1885

Disposition: Transferred to U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey

Machinery: Low pressure surface-condensing steam engine; tubular, coal-fired boiler; single propeller

Performance & Endurance:


Deck Gear: 


Armament: None

Tender History:

The U.S. Lighthouse Service purchased the private steam launch On Time, originally built in 1869, in June, 1873 for $11,000.  She was modified for Lighthouse Service use, renamed Daisy, and became an inspection tender assigned to the 2nd Lighthouse District out of Boston, Massachusetts.  She serviced aids to navigation north of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  In June, 1883, she was transferred to the 3rd Lighthouse District at New York City, trading places with the tender Warrington.

She was turned over to the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey on 22 May 1885 after her sale to a private owner was overturned by the Secretary of the Treasury.  She later became the merchant vessel SS Clarence and remained in service until 1904.


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