Lighthouse tender

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US lighthouse tender USCGC Fir at sea with the Cape Flattery Light in the background.
Hellenic Navy lighthouse tender HS Karavogiannos, A-479.
THV Galatea, a lighthouse tender operated by Trinity House.

A lighthouse tender is a ship specifically designed to maintain, support, or tend to lighthouses, or lightvessels, providing supplies, fuel, mail and transportation.

In the United States, these ships originally served as part of the Lighthouse Service and now are part of the Coast Guard. The first ship constructed as a tender was Shubrick. However, the first American tender of the Lighthouse Service was a former revenue cutter Rush, which was acquired in 1840.[1]

USCGC Fir was the last active representative of the service, and is now a US National Historic Landmark.

See also


  1. Shanks, Ralph (1991). "Lighthouse Tender U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Fir (WLM 212)". Maritime History. National Historic Landmark Study National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> designated April 27, 1992

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