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Log Books of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, 19th and 20th Centuries
General description, specifications and time line
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(Commemorated by Pioneer Seamount and Pioneer Canyon off central California)
Characteristics: Steamer, built by Gas Engine & Power Company, Morris Heights, New York in 1918 as Bird-class minesweeper USS Osprey, cost $500,000, 950 long tons, 187ft long x 35ft beam x12ft draft, triple expansion steam engine, 1,400shp, 14kts. Along with Discoverer 1 and Guide, known as "Bird-boats" in C&GS service.
Log Period and Areas of Service: 1922-1941, Pacific coast, Alaskan waters.
Summary of Service
7 April 1922 - Transferred from US Navy at Boston, MA.
11 October 1928 - While surveying the Heceta Bank off Oregon, crew member, Seaman Earl Forsberg fell overboard and drowned.
1934 - Deep sea hydrophone developed on board, and successfully used to a depth of 5,100ft off southern California.
28 November 1934 - Took in tow disabled yacht off Point Vicente, CA.
20 December 1935 - Alongside at Long Beach, CA, and contained a fire which broke out on the pier until the fire department arrived.
There were other occasions on which she assisted ships in distress and the civil authorities.
Fate: 1941 - Returned to Navy, converted to rescue and salvage ship, ARS-2, renamed USS Crusader. Sold 1952.
A general note on the sources.
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