Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Rhus, having compound leaves, clusters of small greenish flowers, and usually red, hairy fruit. Some species, such as the poison ivy and poison oak, cause an acute itching rash on contact.
Builder: Burlee Dry Dock Company, Port Richmond, New York
Length: 168' 10"
Draft: 14' 11"
Displacement: 875 tons
Commissioned: 21 June 1903
Decommissioned: July, 1937
Machinery: 2 vertical inverted fore & aft compound steam engines; 2 Scotch-type coal-fired boilers, 700 IHP
Performance & Endurance:
Complement: 24 (1907)
The Sumac was built as an inspection tender for use on the Great Lakes. She was commissioned on 21 June 1903 and was assigned to the 9th Lighthouse District and was based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was transferred to the 12th Lighthouse District in 1925 where she was used as a bay and sound tender. She was decommissioned in July, 1937 and sold.
Douglas Peterson. United States Lighthouse Service Tenders, 1840-1939. Annapolis: Eastwind Publishing, 2000.