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Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury USN
Comdr. Matthew Fontaine Maury, astronomer and hydrographer, was born in Spotsylvania County, Va., 14 January 1806. Appointed Midshipman 1 February 1825, he achieved the rank of Commander 14 September 1855. He was appointed Superintendent of the Department of Charts and Instruments in 1842, and upon the establishment of the Naval Observatory in 1844 became its first Superintendent, holding that position until his resignation in April 1861. During this period he published some of his best known scientific works, and his “Wind and Current Charts,” “Sailing Directions,” and “Physical Geography of the Sea” remain standard. He became world famous as “Pathfinder of the Seas,” the leading oceanographer of history. Following his resignation at the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Navy, in which he attained the rank of Commodore. At the end of the war he occupied the chair of physics at the Virginia Military Institute. He died at Lexington, Va., 1 February 1873.
|230k||USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) launching, 26 March 2013, at Halter Marine Inc., Moss Point, MS.
Courtesy Gary Stoltz, Navy Representative, at V.T. Halter Marine.
|Ron Reeves and
Terry D. Gann
|256k||USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) fitting out at the VT Halter Marine Inc., Moss Point, MS., 17 December 2013. At right is the new oil field support ship HOS Claymore. Photo taken by Chris Cavas from Intercepts Defensenews.com||Robert Hurst|
|298k||USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) leaving the V.T. Halter Ship Building at Moss Point in Pascagoula, Mississippi to the V.T. Halter Ship Yard. In Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Photos by Navy Representative, David Stoltz, SSGC.
|90k||USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) under way during builders trials in August 2015..||Terry Gann courtesy SSGS David L. Stoltz|
|250k||USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk after completing survey operations off the East Coast.
IS Navy Photo # 171102-N-OH262-867 NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 2, 2017) by Bill Mesta.
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