USLHT Dahlia

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United States Lighthouse Service
Name: USLHT Dahlia
Namesake: Dahlia
Builder: Neafie & Levy
Launched: 1874
  • Sold into commercial service, 5 May 1909
  • Wrecked, 11 March 1912
General characteristics [1][2]
Type: Lighthouse tender
  • 623 long tons (633 t) gross
  • 353 long tons (359 t) net
Length: 129 ft 5 in (39.45 m)
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draft: 10 ft 5 in (3.18 m)
Propulsion: Steeple compound engine, 1 screw
Armament: None

The United States Lighthouse Tender Dahlia was a lighthouse tender serving on the Great Lakes.

The first Great Lakes tender to be specifically built for that purpose, she was built in 1874 by Neafie & Levy[1] and placed into commission at Detroit. The ship was refitted in 1881, and again in 1891.

On 5 May 1909 she was sold to E.W. Seymour, of Chicago, and rebuilt as passenger and freight carrier, and rechristened the Flora M. Hill on 12 May 1910,[1] under which name she served as a ferry between Chicago and Green Bay. The ship became stuck in heavy ice on 11 March 1912, while attempting to enter Chicago Harbor; after her passengers were unloaded, she was allowed to sink to the bottom, where her remains were seen as a shipping hazard and dynamited.


  1. ^ a b c "Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Collection". Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  2. ^ "University of Detroit Mercy - Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection". Retrieved 2009-11-09. 

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Coordinates: 41°54′28″N 87°35′6″W / 41.90778°N 87.58500°W / 41.90778; -87.58500