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12365. (mounted photo) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Geranium c.1890.

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12365. (mounted photo) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Geranium c.1890.

12365. (mounted photo) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Geranium c.1890. The Geranium began life as the privately-owned side-wheel steam tug John A. Dix in 1863. She was built at Newburgh, New York in 1863. She was commissioned as U.S.S. Geranium at New York Navy Yard on 15 October 1863 and served in the Navy supporting troop movements. On 3 July she contacted and engaged a strong Confederate battery at the mouth of the Dawhoo River, a bombardment which Admiral Dahlgren reported was “done very handsomely.” Geranium decommissioned there in 1865 and sold to the Treasury Department for use in the Lighthouse Service along with the U.S.S. Iris. She was assigned to the 8th Lighthouse District as an inspection tender, based out of New Orleans. She was rebuilt and lengthened to 155 feet by William E. Woodall & Company in 1879 for $14,500.00. She was transferred to the 4th Lighthouse District in 1884 and she was transferred to the 2nd Lighthouse District in 1890. In 1907 she was transferred to the 1st Lighthouse District. She was condemned in 1909 at Portland, Maine and sold the following year. Image measures 3 ½” x 5” and is unusually clear and crisp, providing great detail. Overall with mount 4 ¼” x 6 ½”. Great view. (VG+). $84.