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Arbutus
(Lht.: dp. 500; 1. 145'0"; b. 25'0"; cpl. 22)

Any of 20 species of evergreen shrubs or trees of the heath family found in southern Europe and western North America.

Arbutus, a lighthouse tender built in 1879 at Baltimore, Md., was transferred to the Navy from the Lighthouse Service on 16 April 1917 and was commissioned on 4 June 1917. Operating under the orders of the Commandant, 5th Naval District, she served just over two years before being returned to the Lighthouse Service by an executive order dated 1 July 1919.

Published: Thu Jun 18 09:28:36 EDT 2015