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Profile view of the U.S. Lighthouse Service buoy tender Oak, showing the location of the engine room.

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Profile view of the U.S. Lighthouse Service buoy tender Oak, showing the location of the engine room.
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IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Work and Industry
Tending Aids to Navigation — The Engine

The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s
The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s — The Oak

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Steam Engine, USLHS tender Oak


The Oak engine sees daylight


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USLH tender Oak profile
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This graphic was produced for the exhibition "America on the Move" to illustrate the location of the triple-expansion steam engine in the vessel's hull.
Physical Description
Custom graphic showing a profile view of the USLHS tender Oak and the location of the triple-expansion steam engine in the hull.
Details
Date Made:
1921
Dates Used:
1921 - 1971
Locations:
New York
Note:
New York harbor and surrounding waters
History
The USLHS buoy tender Oak was built at the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation, Bronx, NY, in 1921. Its length overall was 160 feet, breadth 30 feet, and draft 10 feet six inches. Oak was assigned to the Third Lighthouse District where her home port was Staten Island, New York. The Oak's crew maintained aids to navigation in and around New York harbor, including the Hudson and East Rivers, as well as Long Island Sound. They also supplied lighthouses and lightships in the area and provided occasional assistance to vessels in distress. The crew consisted of two officers and 25 crew members, including the engine room complement of an engineer, assistant engineer, and oilers.

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