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On the occasion of the retirement of Chief Engineer G. W. Hutchison on May 31, 1938, his associates tendered him a banquet at the Far Eastern Hotel in Manila and presented him with a 12-gauge Winchester shotgun. Rather than retire to a life of ease, he immediately accepted an appointment in the Philippine Commonwealth Service and was assigned to the Ship PATHFINDER for the same duty as he was performing before retirement. "Hutch," as he is affectionately known to his shipmates, was appointed chief engineer July 1, 1905, and has served aboard the Ships ROMBLON, RESEARCH, MARINDUQUE, FATHOMER, and PATHFINDER. During his 30-odd years of service, he has been associated with a generation of Coast Survey officers, including the late Rear Admiral R. S. Patton and the present Director. Gifted with a pleasant and sociable personality, Chief Hutchison, whose duty had been exclusively in the Philippine Islands, has made friends throughout the length and breadth of the Islands. He experienced many hazards in connection with his service and for his attention to duty and courageous conduct during the typhoon of August 15, 1936, when the FATHOMER's anchor cable parted and the vessel stranded, he was especially commended by the Secretary of Commerce.

It is with profound regret that we learned of the death of Chief Engineer George W. Hutchinson in Manila on June 19,1950, after 47 years of service in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in the Philippine Islands. Mr. Hutchinson was first employed as Chief Engineer aboard the Ship RESEARCH in 1903, and from then on until the Japanese invasion in 1941 served on various survey ships throughout the Philippine Islands. His knowledge of the Islands, weather conditions, bases of supply, and familiarity with American and Filipino residents increased as time went by and he unselfishly contributed his time and wealth of knowledge to all new officers who were unfamiliar with the Islands. By choice, he learned to stand bridge watches on the ships, to handle the ships, and to execute ship and launch hydrography--duties not expected of a Chief Engineer. His knowledge of the weather in the Philippines, especially of precautionary measures necessary during the typhoon season contributed greatly to the safety of the vessels on which he served. Every member of the Bureau who knew "Hutch" loved and admired him and all profited from knowing him. Mr. Hutchinson was born May 23, 1875, and it is a coincidence that his span of life covered the entire service of the Coast and Geodetic Survey in the Philippines and his death occurred just 11 days before the termination of operations. Commander Charles Pierce attended the funeral as pall-bearer.


C&GS BULLETIN 8/31/1938
THE BUZZARD, Vol. 18, No. 35, 8/29/1950


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