A plant of the genus Tagetes, native to tropical America and widely cultivated for its bright orange or yellow flowers.
Builder: Detroit Dry Dock Company, Wyandotte, Michigan
Length: 159' 6"
Draft: 11' 7"
Displacement: 587 tons
Commissioned: 4 October 1891
Decommissioned: 3 December 1945
Machinery: 1 triple expansion inverted cylinder steam engine; 2 coal-fired cylindrical tubular Scotch-type boilers; 550 IHP; single propeller.
Performance & Endurance:
Max: 11.0 knots (1945)
Cruising: 10 knots; 815 mile range (1891); 800 mile range (1945)
Complement: 26 (1891); 39 (1945)
The Marigold was built for service in the 11th Lighthouse District as an inspection tender and to carry supplies to remote lighthouse stations. She operated on Lake Superior and Lake Huron and was based out of Detroit. She was rebuilt in 1919 and later classified as a bay and sound tender. She remained in service until 3 October 1945.
Douglas Peterson. United States Lighthouse Service Tenders, 1840-1939. Annapolis: Eastwind Publishing, 2000.
Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1982.