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USC&GS Hydrographer



Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Watch - How

ex-USS Hydrographer
ex-USC&GS Hydrographer


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

Survey Vessel:

  • The first Hydrographer was built in 1901 by James Reilly Supply Company, Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY for the Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • Transferred to the Navy in 1917
  • Returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 1 April 1919
  • Placed out of service in 1928
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 146 t.
  • Length 101'
  • Beam 19' 6"
  • Draft 6' 9"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 23
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 250ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Hyrographer 70k . Robert Hurst
    Hyrographer 288k NOAA photo theb0174 NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; Family of Rear Admiral Leo O. Colbert. NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection
    Hyrographer 241k Undergoing refit
    NOAA photo theb3936
    Hyrographer 190k c. 1917
    NOAA photo the0138 courtesy C&GS Season's Report Seran 1917 - 1994. NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection
    Hyrographer 268k c. 1924
    Beaumont, TX
    NOAA photo theb0169 courtesy C&GS Season's Report Jones 1924 - 1947. NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection
    Hyrographer 291k c. 1925
    Tampa Bay, Florida area
    NOAA photo theb0164 courtesy of the family of Rear Admiral Paul A. Smith, C&GS from NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection

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