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Dahlia, 1874


Dahlia: a plant of the genus Dahlia, indigenous to Mexico and Central America, with tuberous roots and usually large, variously colored flowers.


Builder: Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Length: 141' 6"

Beam: 25'

Draft: 10' 6"

Displacement: 426 tons

Cost: $81,800

Commissioned: May, 1874

Decommissioned: 1909

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: steam engine; coal-fired boiler; single iron propeller

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Deck Gear: Wood derrick

Complement: 21

Armament: None


Tender History:

The United States Lighthouse Tender Dahlia was the first tender built specifically for service on the Great Lakes.  She was an iron-hulled steamer of over 400 tons displacement when fully loaded.  She was assigned as an inspection tender to the 11th Lighthouse District on Lake Michigan.

She was sold for $5,400 on 17 February 1909 and became the passenger steamer Flora M. Hill.  She later sank off Chicago Harbor on 11 March 1912.


Sources:

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


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