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USC&GS Bache

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Love - King

ex-USS Bache
USC&GS Bache

Bache served both the Coast & Geodetic Survey and the U. S. Navy

Patrol Vessel:

  • The first Bache was built in 1871 by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, DE for the Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 September 1917 and commissioned USS Bache
  • Returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 21 June 1919
  • Sold 30 April 1927
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 182 t.
  • Length 147' 8"
  • Beam 23' 5"
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 63
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders and one Y-Gun depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 400hp Compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Bache 92k
    NOAA photo theb0100
    Robert Hurst
    Bache 152k Sapelo Sound, Georgia
    NOAA photo theb3930
    Bache 97k c. 1902
    NOAA photo
    NOAA Website
    Bache 142k c. 1905
    NOAA photo 0191
    Robert Hurst
    Bache 103k c. 1910
    Gulf of Mexico
    Courtesy of the family of Admiral Raymond S. Patton, C&GS
    NOAA photo theb0091
    Bache 179k c. March 1918
    Portsmouth, VA
    Photo from "American Warships of World War I" by Paul H. Silverstone
    Bache 189k Moored at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, on 26 February 1918
    Courtesy of Mr. Marshall Butt, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Museum
    Naval History and Heritage Command photos NH 56298 and NH 56299
    Mike Green
    Bache 158k
    Bache 75k c. 1922
    NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; C&GS Season's Report Hand 1922
    Robert Hurst
    Bache 124k c. 1924
    Anchored off the Georgia coast
    Photo Credit Family of Captain Carl I. Aslakson, C&GS. NOAA photo theb0095

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