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NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection
Catalog of Images

3300 thumbnail picture
Traveling by canoe to the day's work. Leveling work along the Colorado River.
Arizona, Colorado River Ca. 1923
3301 thumbnail picture
Leaving the ship in a skiff. Party off of EXPLORER.
Alaska Southeast 1928
3302 thumbnail picture
The Launch Audwin - transportation for the astro party of George D. Cowie.
Alaska Southeast 1923
3303 thumbnail picture
Lowering Launch Alpha at King's Cove. Operations on the PATTERSON.
Alaska, King's Cove, Alaska Peninsula 1915
3304 thumbnail picture
The "Bug" skimming across the water. Party off of EXPLORER.
Alaska Southeast 1927
3305 thumbnail picture
The steam launch COSMOS.
Alaska Southeast Ca. 1900
3306 thumbnail picture
The steam launch COSMOS during its last season.
Alaska Southeast 1927
3307 thumbnail picture
The launch Delta.
Alaska Southeast 1915
3308 thumbnail picture
The launch ECHO.
Massachusetts, Quick's Hole July 24, 1931
3309 thumbnail picture
The chartered launch ELSINORE. Used for wiredrag.
Alaska Southeast 1931
3310 thumbnail picture
Survey launches with quarterboat GIANT in tow. The GIANT was used as quarters for the survey party while working in swamp areas .
Louisiana coast 1935
3311 thumbnail picture
The launch HELIANTHUS.
Alaska, Kenai Peninsula area 1928
3312 thumbnail picture
The training launch MIKAWE.
Virginia, Norfolk 1927
3313 thumbnail picture
The training launch MIKAWE.
Washington, D.C., Engineer's Dock Ca. 1929
3314 thumbnail picture
The MIKAWE dressed for the 4th of July.
Virginia, Norfolk July 4, 1928
3315 thumbnail picture
The training launch MIKAWE.
Virginia, Tidewater area Ca. 1927
3316 thumbnail picture
The launch MITCHELL. Conducting current surveys.
Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay 1930
3317 thumbnail picture
The launch OGDEN. Conducting Boston Harbor current surveys.
Massachusetts, Boston Harbor 1926
3318 thumbnail picture
The launch OGDEN. Conducting Boston Harbor current surveys.
Massachusetts, Boston Harbor 1926
3319 thumbnail picture
The launch OGDEN. Conducting current surveys.
New Hampshire, Portsmouth Harbor 1931
3320 thumbnail picture
The launches RODGERS and MITCHELL covered for storage. Used for wire drag work.
Virginia, Norfolk 1933
3321 thumbnail picture
The launch SCANDINAVIA. Described as " a fine launch but with quarters for only 3 men".
Alaska Southeast 1927
3322 thumbnail picture
The launch WELKER.
3323 thumbnail picture
The launch WILDCAT.
Alaska, False Pass or Isanotski Strait, SW Alaska June 1925
3324 thumbnail picture
The launch WILDCAT.
Alaska, Nuka Bay area, Kenai Peninsula 1929
3325 thumbnail picture
L to R - OGDEN, ELSIE III, MARINDIN, MITCHELL, RODGERS, wire drag tender. Meeting of tide and current party with wire drag party.
Massachusetts, Buzzard's Bay area 1931
3326 thumbnail picture
Motor launch C&GS 36 being built aboard the PATHFINDER.
Philippine Islands 1910
3327 thumbnail picture
Motor launch C&GS 36 underway - built by crew of PATHFINDER.
Philippine Islands 1910
3328 thumbnail picture
Launch No. 41 -possibly off of TAKU.
Alaska, Storey Island 1910
3329 thumbnail picture
Launch No. 41 -possibly off of TAKU.
Alaska, Prince William Sound area 1909
3330 thumbnail picture
C&GS Launch No. 66 - used for wiredrag work. Mate Franz Okeson facing camera. Duplicate of 2445.
New York, Long Island Sound 1931
3331 thumbnail picture
C&GS Launch No. 67 - used primarily to transport topographic party. Launch off of EXPLORER.
Alaska Southeast 1927
3332 thumbnail picture
C&GS Launch No. 69 - used by EXPLORER for hydrography and transportation.
Alaska Southeast 1931
3333 thumbnail picture
NOAA Launch 1255 doing current surveys in tandem with small aircraft.
Massachusetts, Boston Harbor 1972
3334 thumbnail picture
NOAA R/V LAIDLY - used originally on Great Lakes. Became officer training vessel and based out of Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Virginia, James River Ca. 1990
3335 thumbnail picture
Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship DISCOVERER. Plowing into a headsea.
Gulf of Alaska 1925
3336 thumbnail picture
Leadline sounding operations from the WESTDAHL. Note the splash of the lead well forward of the bow.
Alaska, Taku Inlet 1936
3337 thumbnail picture
A plastic pig in the davits almost looks beautiful in a tropical sunset.
Puerto Rico, Roosevelt Roads 1975
3338 thumbnail picture
Navy type steam launch off of PIONEER.
Alaska, False Pass or Isanotski Strait, SW Alaska 1925
3339 thumbnail picture
Launch HELIANTHUS at Zachar Bay. Working with SURVEYOR.
Alaska, Zachar Bay, Uyak Bay, Kodiak 1929
3340 thumbnail picture
Boston whaler secured on shore in Deer Island Passage. Note Motorola Miniranger on mast - used for navigation. Whaler outfitted for hydrographic work.
Penobscot Bay, Maine July 1985
3341 thumbnail picture
USS PATHFINDER shortly after launching. Before beginning its Pacific odyssey.
Washington state 1942
3342 thumbnail picture
USS PATHFINDER underway in Pacific. Note gun-tubs fore and aft. Saw Pacific service from 1942 to 1945. Ship endured over 50 bombing raids and was crashed by a kamikaze at Okinawa. It was said, "The road to Tokyo was paved with PATHFINDER charts".
Pacific Ocean
3343 thumbnail picture
Souvenir chart of the PATHFINDER service in World War II. Includes history of 1st and 2nd voyages.
Pacific Ocean 1942-1945
3344 thumbnail picture
USS HYDROGRAPHER in the Aleutians. Vessel served from Aleutians to Gilbert Islands. One of first vessels into Massacre Bay, Attu, during attack to recapture.
Vicinity of Attu, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 1943
3345 thumbnail picture
The USS OCEANOGRAPHER, known as "The Green Gremlin". Tied up in Long Beach just before scrapping in 1944. Served in Solomon Islands, hydrographers named Iron Bottom Sound.
Long Beach, California 1944
3346 thumbnail picture
USS BOWDITCH, a Navy hydrographic vessel. During WWII, C&GS officers made up the first survey contingent on the BOWDITCH . Captain George L. Anderson, C&GS, was Executive Officer.
3347 thumbnail picture
SURVEYOR in Aleutians in 1944. Note 3" deck gun on bow. SURVEYOR stayed under C&GS during war.
Alaska, Aleutian Islands Spring, 1944
3348 thumbnail picture
SURVEYOR at dock in Aleutians. Note 3" gun on bow and anti-aircraft guns aft and on flying bridge. SURVEYOR stayed under C&GS during war.
Possibly Adak, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 1944?
3349 thumbnail picture
SURVEYOR in North Pacific. Note 3" bow gun. SURVEYOR stayed under C&GS during war.
October 2, 1944

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