USS Zizania (1888)

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Name: USS Zizania
Namesake: Zizania, a wild rice native to North America (previous name retained)
Completed: 1888
Acquired: 1917
Struck: 1 July 1919
Fate: Returned to U.S. Department of Commerce 1 July 1919
Notes: Served as lighthouse tender in United States Lighthouse Service 1888-1917 and 1919-1925
General characteristics
Type: Patrol craft tender
Displacement: 575 tons
Length: 161 ft 0 in (49.07 m)
Beam: 27 ft 0 in (8.23 m)
Draft: 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m) mean
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 27

USS Zizania was a patrol craft tender that served in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919.

Zizania was built in 1888 at Baltimore, Maryland, as a lighthouse tender for the United States Lighthouse Service.

Zizania was transferred to the U.S. Department of War by an executive order dated 24 April 1917. Subsequently reassigned to the U.S. Navy, Zizania served during World War I as a tender to section patrol craft operating in the 1st Naval District.

When control over the United States Lighthouse Service reverted on 1 July 1919 to the U.S Department of Commerce, Zizania was struck from the Navy List. Based at Portland, Maine, she resumed duty tending lighthouses along the New England coast and remained so employed until 1925, when her name was dropped from the list of United States Lighthouse Service vessels.