Captain Benjamin H. Rigg
was born on February 13, 1896, in Burlington, New Jersey. He attended
Lehigh University where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Following graduation he was appointed as Deck Officer and on April
9, 1920, was commissioned as Ensign.
During his 32-year career, Captain Rigg served aboard the following
ships: ONWARD, EXPLORER, PATHFINDER, FATHOMER, RANGER, and the
OCEANOGRAPHER. His other assignments included being Officer
in Charger - Chicago Office; Assistant Chief and Chief, Division
of Charts; Chief, Aeronautical Chart Branch; Advisor on the
U.S. Delegation to the 4th Session of the ICAO Maps and Charts
Division; and at the time of his retirement (July 1, 1952,)
as Officer in Charge - Fort Worth Office.
During World War II he was awarded both the Atlantic and Pacific
War Zone Ribbons for working on projects for the Department
of the Navy in areas determined by the Navy to be of immediate
Captain Rigg's wife of 58 years, Helen, passed away at the same
time. They are survived by one daughter and one son.
NOAA CORPS BULLETIN, 4/1/1986