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USLHS tender Cypress

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USLHS tender Cypress


This object appears in the following sections:

Work and Industry
Tending Aids to Navigation — The Tenders

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USLHS tender Cypress
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This is one of 11 large photographic prints of U.S. Lighthouse Service tenders in the History of Technology's Transportation Collection files. The view is from the starboard bow quarter and shows the vessel underway. A deck officer stands on the bridge and several people can be seen on the buoy deck. Smoke drifts out of the single stack toward the rear of the craft.
Physical Description
Photograph. This sepia print is mounted on matte board. The print itself measures 14" x 11"; with the board the dimensions are 16" x 11". Written in black ink in the lower right below the ship is the inscription "Cypress." The same inscription appears in white lettering in the center of the lower edge of the matte.
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1908 - 1947
New Jersey, New York, South Carolina
South Carolina coastal waters
The U.S. Lighthouse Service tender Cypress was built in 1908 at the New York Shipbuilding Company, in Camden, New Jersey, one of eight tenders built at the same time. Called the "Manzanita class" of tender (after the first of the eight to be launched), this class represents the first large group of tenders to be built to a standard design. The vessels' steel hulls measured 190' long x 30' beam x 15' 5-1/2" deep. Cypress spent its entire career working out of Charleston, South Carolina. Sold in 1947, the Cypress was renamed and became the merchant ship Drafin.

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