Hyacinth, 1903

Jan. 31, 2021

Hyacinth, 1903

A bulbous plant of the genus Hyacinthus, native to the Mediterranean region, bearing narrow leaves and a terminal cluster of variously colored, usually very fragrant flowers, especially the widely cultivated species H. orientalis.

Builder: Jenks Shipbuilding Company

Length: 160' 6"

Beam: 14'

Draft: 14'

Displacement: 950 tons

Cost: $115,000

Commissioned: 26 June 1903 

Decommissioned:  15 November 1945

Disposition: Sold 

Machinery: 1 compound fore & aft express steam engine; 2 Scotch-type boilers; single propeller; 878 SHP

Performance & Endurance:


Deck Gear: 

Complement: 23 (1907)

Armament: None

Electronics: None

Tender History:

The Hyacinth entered service in 1903 and was based out of Milwaukee in the 9th Lighthouse District where she saw service as an engineering tender.  She was converted from coal to diesel in the mid-1930s and was decommissioned on 15 November 1945.  She was sold on 19 October 1946.


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