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USC&GSS Yukon (I)
General description, specifications and time line
USC&GSS Yukon (I)
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Characteristics: Schooner, built at Kennebunk, ME, 101 tons, 84ft long x 22ft beam x 9ft draft.
Log Period and Areas of Service: 1894, Alaskan waters, Bering Sea, western Aleutians
Summary of Service - one of the first vessels to survey the waters of Alaska.
1873 – Surveyed western half of Aleutians under Acting Assistant William Dall (right). USC&GSS Humboldt had surveyed the eastern half in 1872.
1874 – Departing from Sitka, she cruised west along the Gulf of Alaska coast to Unalaska, visited the Nunivak and Pribiloff Islands, and returned to Sitka.
1877-78 – Hydrographic survey of upper Puget Sound, leading to recommendation to establish the Naval Station at Bremerton.
1880 – Repeated much of the 1874 cruise, but included visits to Plover Bay on Siberian coast, Diomede Islands and Port Belcher, Alaska. Much of the work included correcting the positions of various bays and islands, as well as measuring compass variations, calibrating chronometers, and collecting biological specimens. The 1873, 1874 and 1880 cruises, all under Asst Dall, led to the publication in 1883 of the "Pacific Coast Pilot - Alaska".
1882-1883 – Laid up for harbor work and repairs
1883-1887 – Surveyed the Pacific coast from California to Washington, commanded by Subassistant J.F.Pratt
1887 – Laid up.
1889 – Declared fit only for service in inland and protected waters; surveyed Puget Sound and the Washington-Oregon coast.
1890 – Laid up.
1893 – Declared unfit, put up for sale.
Fate: Sold at Tacoma, WA in 1894 and probably broken up at that time.
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