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USC&GS Surveyor



Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Sail - Jig

ex-USS Surveyor

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


Survey Ship:

  • Built in 1917 as USC&GS Surveyor by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 September 1917
  • Commissioned USS Surveyor 22 October 1917
  • Struck from the Navy list 31 October 1919 and returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • She then proceeded to the West Coast via the Panama Canal. For the next 36 years Surveyor worked in the waters of the North Pacific and Bering Sea
  • During World War II it conducted defense related surveys in Aleutian waters
  • This vessel is commemorated by the naming a bay in Alaskan waters "Surveyor Bay"
  • Scrapped in 1956.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,143 t.
    1919 - 1,000 t.
  • Length 186'
    1919 - 172.8'
  • Beam 34'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13.3 kts.
    1919 - 12 kts.
  • Complement 85
    1919 - 69
  • Armament: Two 3" mounts and two machine guns
    World War II - One 3"/50 dual purpose mount and four 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 660.5ihp steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Surveyor 71k Surveyor possibly photographed at the time of her completion at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105641
    Robert Hurst
    Surveyor 56k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Surveyor 150k c. 1927
    Prince William Sound, AK
    Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; Family of Rear Admiral Paul A. Smith, C&GS
    NOAA Website
    Surveyor 146k c. 1942
    Sand Point, Shumagan Islands, AK
    Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; C&GS Season's Report Sosbee 1942-73
    Surveyor 126k c. Spring 1944
    Aleutian Islands, AK
    Courtesy of Captain Harry D. Reed, C&GS
    Surveyor 141k c. 1944
    Adak, Aleutian Islands, AK
    Courtesy of Captain Harry D. Reed, C&GS
    Surveyor 109k 2 October 1944
    Courtesy of NOAA Office of NOAA Corps Operations

    color="gold">Commanding Officers
    01LCDR F. H. Hardy, USNRF22 October 1917
    02CAPT Ralph Elton Pope, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)1918
    03CAPT Ralph Waldo Dempwolf, USCGAugust 1918 - 28 February 1919
    04LT Stanley Truman Barker, USNRF28 February 1919 - 31 March 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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