From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol.IV- p395
A semiparasitic green shrub.
Mistletoe, a wooden tender, was built in Chester, Pa., in 1872 ; operated by the Lighthouse Service of the Commerce Department: and transferred to the Navy with the entire Lighthouse Service by Executive order, 11 April 1917. Assigned to the 3d Naval District, she served during World War I as a patrol boat out of Section Base No. 5, Tompkinsville, Staten Island. Following the end of the war, Mistletoe was returned to the custody of the Department of Commerce, 1 July 1919.