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13275. (glass plate negative) U. S. Lighthouse Tender Verbena c.1891.

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13275. (glass plate negative) U. S. Lighthouse Tender Verbena c.1891.

13275. (glass plate negative) U. S. Lighthouse Tender Verbena c.1891. Clear glass plate negative captures nicely the large lighthouse tender underway in Massachusetts waters. Early view shows good detail of the Verbena which serviced the Second Light House District. The Verbena was one of two tenders of the Verbena class, the other being the tender Alanthus. Both entered service in 1870. They were wooden hulled, steam powered, side paddle wheelers of 295 tons. The Verbena was assigned to the Second Lighthouse District as an “Inspection Tender” at New Bedford, Massachusetts and tended aids to navigation in Vineyard Sound and Buzzard’s Bay. She replaced the tender Cactus. She was decommissioned and sold in 1911. Large image measures 6 ½” x 8 ½” and is clear and close. Includes one print made from this glass plate negative. Dated “about 1891”, in original paper sleeve. Rare image. (VG). $195.