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NOAA's Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection
Catalog of Images

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Mark setter's truck, No. 242, nicknamed "Black Maria" as it was similar to a police paddy-wagon which were given that name in the 1930's. Bench mark crew members would ride on benches in back during moves. Headaches were common for the crew after a long move as exhaust fumes would fill the back end. Back end couldn't be closed because of level rod box.
Ohio, Bluffton 1934 August
6051 thumbnail picture
Ben Hickok in the new Dodge Brothers truck.
Michigan, Alma 1934 June
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Bill Chisom, rodman; George Hastings, the observer and party chief; and Bill Unger rodman. This was a posed Sunday photo as suits weren't worn to work.
Alabama, Guntersville 1934 November
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Guntersville downtown near the Guntersville Dam near the Tennessee border on the Tennessee River. Note the mode of transportation. Saturday afternoon. The poor cow was rope-sprung, a term for a broken down swaybacked animal.
Alabama, Guntersville 1934 November
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George Hastings observing in an Alabama cornfield.
Alabama, Guntersville 1934 November
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George Hastings observing levels; "Smitty" Smith holding umbrella; and Bill Unger (?) gun-toter. The umbrella was used to keep the sun off the level bubble on the leveling instrument as that would draw the instrument out of level and make erroneous readings.
Alabama, Guntersville 1934 November
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Level crew tempting fate along a railroad northeast of Decatur.
Alabama, Decatur 1934 November
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Leveling operations in heavy brush.
Alabama, Decatur 1934 November
6058 thumbnail picture
Pilothouse of a Tennessee River ferry boat. The boat would accommodate 4 4 to 6 vehicles depending on size. This boat had a 1-cylinder gasoline engine.
Alabama, above Decatur 1934 November
6059 thumbnail picture
Ben Hickok and Bill Unger riding the Alabama, a Tennessee River ferry boat. The boat would accommodate 4 to 6 vehicles depending on size and had a 1-cylinder gasoline engine.
Alabama, above Decatur 1934 November
6060 thumbnail picture
The mighty Alabama, a stern-wheel Tennessee River ferry boat.
Alabama, Tennessee River 1934 November
6061 thumbnail picture
Observing three-point sextant fix while surveying the reservoir of the Grand Coulee Dam.
Washington, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River 1948
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Reading depths off fathometer on the left and recording depths in field record book on right.
Washington, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River 1948
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Reading temperatures to determine sound velocity for correcting fathometer readings.
Washington, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River 1948
6064 thumbnail picture
Portable fathometer transducer being lowered into water.
Washington, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River 1948
6065 thumbnail picture
Reading temperatures to determine sound velocity for correcting fathometer readings.
Washington, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River 1948
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Reading depths off fathometer on the left and recording depths in field record book on right.
Washington, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River 1948
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All systems go! Taking three point sextant fix while on-line. Recorder by clock. Fathometer operator in bottom left out of picture. Officer in charge plotting fixes with three-arm protractor on table forward.
Washington, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River 1948
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Living quarters for the field party while surveying the Grand Coulee Dam reservoir.
Washington, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River 1948
6069 thumbnail picture
Hard hat diver cutting cable from propeller of Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship LYDONIA.
Atlantic Coast 1940 ca.
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Appears to be Texas Tower #4 south of Woods Hole. This tower was lost on January 15, 1961, during a storm with a loss of 28 lives. Ship was probably using tower as a fixed point to calibrate electronic navigation system.
New York Bight
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Appears to be Texas Tower #4 south of Woods Hole. This tower was lost on January 15, 1961, during a storm with a loss of 28 lives. Ship was probably using tower as a fixed point to calibrate electronic navigation system.
New York Bight
6072 thumbnail picture
Hydrographic signal on the shores of the reservoir of Grand Coulee Dam. Used as signal for navigation by three-point sextant fix.
Washington, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River 1948
6073 thumbnail picture
VAM-2 Magnetometer installed in Navy R5D aircraft. L to R, , Mr. Robert Seaton of Navy Hydrographic Office, and L. Hurwitz, LCDR David Whipp, R. Gebhardt, Joel Campbell, and J. Bottum, all of the USC&GS.
1955 July

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