Manzanita, 1880

Feb. 14, 2021

Manzanita, 1880

An evergreen shrub of the genus Arctostaphylos of the North American Pacific coast, especially A. manzanita, bearing white or pink flower clusters.

Builder: H. A. Ramsey Shipbuilding, Brooklyn, New York

Length: 152'

Beam: 26'

Draft: 11' 8"

Displacement: 484 tons

Cost: $53,000

Commissioned: September, 1880

Decommissioned: 1905

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Inverted cylinder direct-action steam engine; coal-fired, single overhead return flue boiler; 300 IHP; single propeller

Performance & Endurance:


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Armament: None

Tender History:

The Manzanita was a wooden-hulled steam-powered tender built by the H. A. Ramsey Shipbuilding company in Brooklyn, New York, as a replacement for the tender Shubrick, which had served on the west coast.  The Manzanita was the second lighthouse tender to serve in the Pacific.  She was first assigned to the 12th Lighthouse District and then transferred to the 13th in 1886.  She was rebuilt in 1887 and received a new boiler in 1902.

She sank near Warrior Rock on the Willamette River in Oregon on 6 October 1905.  She was later raised and repaired for commercial service.


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