Snowdrop, 1897

Nov. 9, 2021

Snowdrop, 1897

Any of several bulbous Eurasian plants of the genus Galanthus, having solitary, nodding white flowers that bloom in early spring.

Builder: Gas Engine & Power Company, Morris Heights, New York

Length: 69'

Beam: 10' 6"

Draft: 5'

Displacement: 39 tons

Cost: $9,260.50



Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Internal combustion engine (naptha-powered as launched); twin propellers

Deck Gear: None

Performance & Endurance:


Complement: 4

Armament: None

Tender History:

The Snowdrop and sister Water Lily were constructed as launches. She was assigned as an engineering launch with the 6th and 7th Lighthouse Districts.  She operated from Charleston, South Carolina.  Her engine was converted from naptha-powered to gasoline sometime after 1910.

She was decommissioned in 1922 and sold in 1924.


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