Arthur L. Wardwell, who commanded the U.S. Coast
and Geodetic Survey's Ship OCEANOGRAPHER
on the recently completed Global Scientific Expedition, retired
on March 1, 1968, after nearly 38 years of service. Technically,
Captain Wardwell retired last August 1, 1967, but was immediately
recalled to active duty to complete the trip and the necessary
details that followed. He served as Coast and Geodetic Survey
representative in Jacksonville during the time the OCEANOGRAPHER
was being built there and took command when the ship was completed
Captain Wardwell joined the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1930
soon after graduating from the University of Vermont, and served
for the next several years on various geodetic field parties,
and for several months in 1936 in Washington. For the next several
years he was assigned aboard Coast and Geodetic Survey ships
on the east coast and to field and office photogrammetric duties.
In April 1942, he was transferred to the U.S. Navy and was a
navigating officer in both the Atlantic and the Pacific before
returning to the Coast and Geodetic Survey early in 1945.
In 1950 and 1951, Captain Wardwell was assigned to the Tampa,
Florida office of the Coast and Geodetic Survey as officer in
charge, and again as district officer in 1957-1960.
In addition to the OCEANOGRAPHER, he also had command of the
SOSBEE and PATHFINDER during the 17 years he served aboard nine
different Coast and Geodetic Survey's ships.
ESSA CORPS BULLETIN, 4/1/1968