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Zizania

 

The wild, or Indian, rice native to North America.

 

(Lighthouse tender: dp. 575; l. 161.0'; b. 27.0'; dph. 12.0"; dr. 6'9" (mean); cpl. 27)

 

Zizania—a lighthouse tender built at Baltimore in 1888 for the United States Lighthouse Service—was transferred to the War Depatment by an executive order dated 24 April 1917. Subsequently reassigned to the Navy, Zizania served during World War I as a tender to section patrol craft operating in the 1st Naval District. When control over the Lighthouse Service on 1 July 1919 reverted to the Department of Commerce, Zizania's name 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 Lighthouse Service vessels.