The Lighthouse Tender Anemone entered service on July 25, 1908 and was assigned to the Eleventh Lighthouse District out of San Francisco, California. She was transferred to the Second Lighthouse District in 1915 and served out of Boston and Woods Hole in Massachusetts.
The vessel was transferred to the Navy on April 16, 1917 after the United States entered World War I,
and she was commissioned as a naval vessel. Assigned to the 2nd Naval District, the ship spent the war years patrolling, tending antisubmarine nets, adjusting buoys, and laying mines. Her name was struck from the Navy list on March 4, 1919, and she was returned to the Lighthouse Service.
The Anemone returned to duty out of Boston and Woods Hole, where in 1939 the vessel became part of the Coast Guard’s fleet when the Coast Guard took over the Lighthouse Service. During World War II, the vessel serviced anti-submarine nets and conducted aids to navigation duty. The Anemone was decommissioned after the war and was given to the Philippine Government along with her sister vessels Orchid, Sequoia, and Tulip. These historic and once proud vessels of the United States Lighthouse Service have long since disappeared into the annals of time, but their service to our nation must never be forgotten.
This story appeared in the
Sep/Oct 2013 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.
All contents copyright © 1995-2024 by Lighthouse Digest®, Inc. No story, photograph, or any other item on this website may be reprinted or reproduced without the express permission of Lighthouse Digest. For contact information, click here.