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Grace Darling, 1883


A famous daughter of a British lighthouse keeper.

Builder:  ?

Length: 92'

Beam: 17' 7"

Draft: 6' 6"

Displacement: 107 tons

Cost: $4,850

Commissioned: 1883

Decommissioned: 1899

Disposition: 1899

Machinery: Keel condensing steam engine; IHP 200; coal-fired upright tubular boiler; single propeller

Performance & Endurance:


Deck Gear: 


Armament: None

Tender History:

The Rose started life as a privately-owned 77-foot boat that was purchased in 1883.  She was named the Grace Darling, after a famous daughter of a British lighthouse keeper.  She was assigned to the 3rd Lighthouse District.

In August of 1892 she was renamed to Rose, the second tender to bear that name.  She was rebuilt, with 15 feet added to her length, and was given a new powerplant.  She was given another powerplant in 1894.  She was sold out of service in 1899.


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

Last Modified 1/12/2016