Herbert Wedon Peerce, chief engineer,
United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, died at Saint Anne Hospital
in Juneau, Alaska, on October 6, 1926. At the time of his death
he was 58 years of age.
Chief Engineer Peerce was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on October
9, 1867, and entered the Coast and Geodetic Survey on November
20, 1901. During his long service in the bureau he served as
chief engineer on practically all of its ships and in all regions
where survey work is carried on. During the late war he was
furloughed from October 10, 1918, to August 1, 1919, and served
as chief engineer on several vessels of the United States Shipping
Board. At the time of his death he was chief engineer of the
Survey Ship EXPLORER.
Chief Engineer Peerce was well known as a conscientious worker.
His pleasing personality, intense interest in the work of the
bureau, and loyalty to his friends, all combined to form a shipmate
who will long be remembered by those with whom he served.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Florence Peerce, his mother,
Mrs. F. E. Franklin, and by two daughters, Mrs. Catherine Maxon
and Mrs. Virginia Mower.
C&GS BULLETIN, No.139, 11/1926