From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol.VII - p 535


A flowering herb known for its beautiful purple blossoms.

(Tender: dp. 1,012; 1. 170'0''; b. 32'0''; dr. 10'6''; s. 12 k.; a. 1 3'', 2 20mm., 2 dct.)

Violet--a steel-hulled, twin-screw navigational aid tender built in 1930 at Manitowoc, Wis.--was serving the Coast Guard at Baltimore, Md., by mid-1941 and came under naval control during World War II. Classified as WAGL--250 (a "miscellaneous tender"), she served under Navy orders for the duration of World War II.