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USS Forward

Call sign:
Nan - Unit - Fox - Sail

ex-USC&GS Carlile P. Patterson

Carlile P. Patterson served the U. S. Geodetic Survey and the Navy

Call sign (1926):
Mike - Fox - Quack - Jig

Call sign (1933):
King - Love - Hypo - Love

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1882 as Patterson by James D. Leary, Brooklyn, New York for the Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • Transferred 22 May 1918 to the Navy
  • Commissioned USS Carlile P. Patterson 20 June 1918
  • Renamed Forward 15 August 1918
  • Decommissioned 24 April 1919 at Puget Sound Navy Yard, CA
  • Returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 24 May 1919 and sold to the Washington Tug and Barge Co.
  • Sold in 1924 to the C. K. West Co. of Portland, OR
  • Sold in 1925 to the Northern Whaling and Trading Co. of San Francisco, CA as the whaler Patterson
  • Sold to the Alaska Patterson Co. for use as a freighter
  • Grounded 11 December 1938 in surf and blinding rain 8 miles northwest of Cape Fairweather in the Gulf of Alaska, near the mouth of Sea Otter Creek
  • Patterson was reportedly beaten to pieces by the surf.


  • Displacement 719 t.
    1926 - 580 t.
    1933 - 604 t.
  • Length 163'
    1926 - 168.1'
  • Beam 27' 4"
  • Draft 14' 2"
    1926 - 18.8'
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 49
    1926 - 20
  • Armament: Two 6-pounders
  • Propulsion: One Neafie and Levy 215ihp cross compound vertical steam engine (replaced by one Bolinder diesel engine), one shaft.
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    Forward 130k

    Carlile Pollock Patterson (1816-1881), fourth Superintendent of the Coast Survey (1874-1881)

    Forward 130k
    Forward 122k NOAA website
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    Forward 130k Moored by the cannery at Stag Bay, Chichagof Island, AK
    Photo by Robert N. DeArmond
    Alaska State Library
    Forward 227k Anchored off Mare Island, California, about 1890
    Photograph from the William H. Topley Collection from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Forward 349k c. 1893
    Vallejo Navy Yard, CA
    Photo by H. Blair
    Forward 130k 16 October 1917
    Forward 130k c. 1938
    Aground at Cape Fairweather, AK
    NOAA Photo Library theb0376, NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection
    NOAA website
    Forward 130k c. 1938
    Aground at Cape Fairweather, AK
    Courtesy of Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Richardson Clover, USN - USNA Class of 1867
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    02LT William Irwin Moore, USN15 March 1895
    03LCDR Edwin King Moore, USN15 March 1895 - 1898
    04CAPT(T) Thomas A. Shanley, USCG - Retired as Vice Admiral20 June 1918
    Courtesy Fabio Peņa and Joe Radigan

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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