Any of various deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs of the genus Magnolia of the Western Hemisphere and Asia, many of which are cultivated for their showy white, pink, purple, or yellow flowers.
The Magnolia was a 118-ton, 97-foot privately owned vessel, the George E. Smoot, that was purchased for service as a tender in 1871. She was renamed Magnolia and was assigned to the 8th Lighthouse District. She was taken out of service and sold in 1882.
Douglas Peterson. United States Lighthouse Service Tenders, 1840-1939. Annapolis: Eastwind Publishing, 2000.