From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol.VIII - p 157

Water Lily

(MB: dp. 29; 1. 61'0''; b. 11'0''; dr. 2'11''; s. 9 k.; cpl. 5)

Water Lily--a motor launch constructed for the United States Lighthouse Service in 1895 at Morris Heights, N.Y.--was transferred to the Navy in April 1917 along with the entire Lighthouse Service. She operated in the 6th Naval District during Americas s participation in World War I and for several months thereafter. Water Lily resumed her prewar duties on 1 July 1919 when the Navy returned control of the Lighthouse Service to the Department of Commerce.