The Challenge was originally a 120-ton private schooner acquired for lighthouse service in May of 1856. She was assigned to the 10th Lighthouse District where she served as a supply tender. Interestingly, she was the first tender to see service on the Great Lakes.
She was renamed the Lamplighter on 29 April 1857 and was damaged when she grounded off Isle Royale but was repaired and returned to service. She ran aground again, this time off Mackinaw Straits, in September of 1859. She was repaired and returned to service.
In April 1862 she was sold and was replaced by the charted tender Dream.
Douglas Peterson. United States Lighthouse Service Tenders, 1840-1939. Annapolis: Eastwind Publishing, 2000.