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USC&GS Helianthus
ex-USS (SP 585)


Helianthus served both the U. S. Navy and the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Motorboat:

  • Built in 1912 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI
  • Delivered 11 June 1917
  • Commissioned 6 July 1917 Boatswain T. H. Rich commanding
  • Transferred 28 March 1919 to the Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • Sold in 1939
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 37 t.
  • Length 64'
  • Beam 13' 6"
  • Draft 3' 3"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Armament one 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: Gasoline engine.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Helianthus 79k . NOAA History
    Helianthus 249k c. 1925
    Alaskan waters
    Photo ship0954 from NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection
    Robert Hurst

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