Goldenrod, 1888

Jan. 25, 2021

Goldenrod, 1888

Any of numerous chiefly North American plants of the genus Solidago, having clusters of small yellow flower heads that bloom in late summer or fall.

Builder: Sweeney & Brothers, Jeffersonville, Indiana

Length: 150'

Beam: 26' 6"

Draft: 3' 8"

Displacement: 283 tons

Cost: $33,221.44

Commissioned: 12 December 1888

Decommissioned: 20 June 1924

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: 2 high pressure non-condensing steam engines; 2 locomotive-type boilers; 152 BHP; stern paddle wheel

Performance & Endurance:

        Max: 12 mph

Deck Gear: 

Complement: 22 (1907)

Armament: None

Tender History:

The United States tender Goldenrod was "a steel stern wheel steamer built from a special appropriation for a 'steam-tender for the Western Rivers."  She was built at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1888 for a contract price of $26,400 with the final cost being $33,221.44 as built.  She was powered by two high pressure, lever non-condensing steam engines.  She was placed on duty in the 14th Lighthouse District in December, 1888.  She was used by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War I.

She was decommissioned in 1924 and sold.


Cutter History File.  USCG Historian's Office, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.

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