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The Superintendent announces with great regret the death of Henri Louis Francois Marindin, for many years an Assistant in the Coast and Geodetic Survey, and a distinguished member of the field force.

Mr. Marindin was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, July 2, 1843, and received his early education in the Swiss schools. He came to the United States before attaining manhood, and finished his scholastic education in the Owego Academy at Owego, New York, 1860-1863.

He entered the Coast Survey as aid on November 26, 1863, and was soon assigned to duty in a party engaged in the survey of Roanoke River, North Carolina, made at the special request of Admiral S. P. Lee, flag officer of the North Atlantic blockading squadron, the party being quartered on the Gunboat SEYMOUR for that purpose. In 1864 he served in a topographic party at work in the vicinity of Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, under the orders of Major-General Butler, with Brigadier General Weitzel in immediate charge of the work, and later in the same year, and in January 1865, he served in a topographic party engaged in work along the Potomac River under the direction of Major C. S. Stewart. He thus began his service to the nation of his adoption by aiding in the perpetuation of the Union, and continued to serve his country faithfully until death ended his long and honorable career.

In 1865 he was engaged in special surveys for a canal route through Nicaragua, and in 1870 he was engaged in similar work on the Isthmus of Darien.

His special work in the Coast Survey was in the field of Physical Hydrography, and many important features in the currents and in the development of harbors and bars along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States have been made known to commerce as the result of his systematic and careful investigation of the complex problems presented as the result of the action of winds and tides on the waters of the sea. He spent more than 18 years in command of vessels of the Survey while engaged in this work.

On March 24, 1897, he was appointed by President McKinley to represent the Coast and Geodetic Survey on the Mississippi River Commission, and after that date devoted much time and attention to the duties thus imposed upon him, but continued his regular work on the Survey whenever it was possible to do so. His particular ability was recognized by numerous special assignments to duty in connection with harbor boards to establish harbor lines, and in the establishment of speed trial courses for vessels of the Navy, and is shown in several scientific discussions of various physical problems relating to Hydrography which have appeared from time to time as appendices to the Annual Report of the Superintendent. At a meeting of the members of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, held at the office on March 25, 1904, the following resolution was one of those unanimously adopted: "Be it resolved, That the members of this service desire to express their sense of the irreparable loss suffered by the Survey in the death of so able and efficient an officer, who, in the course of his service of more than forty years, had distinguished himself in many branches of their common labors, and their own sorrow in thus parting from a friend endeared to them by many charming traits of character and respected by all for his steadfast devotion to duty."

Signed by O.H. TITTMANN, Superintentent.

C&GS BULLETIN, 3/26/1904








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