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Stories and tales of the coast and geodetic survey - personal tales

Many a Coast Surveyor
led a life that would have been the grist of a Jack London tale. Share some of the adventures, philosophizing, and observations of the surveyors who helped measure our continent and chart our coastlines. A tough life by some standards, but not one that any of them would have traded....

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Some Personal Recollections Of Over Twenty Years Ago

Captain Harry Seran looks back twenty years to his first season in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

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The Diary of William McCaslan Scaife Covering the Years 1919 and 1920
Join a young Coast Surveyor on sea duty and shore duty during his first two years of duty. Things were rough working out of shore camps on the Alaska Peninsula in those days.
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Piffle and Jottings From the Desiccated West During 1934
Humorous writings by George E. Marsh describing 1930's camp life in the western U.S..
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Just a Soft Political Job - Excerpts from the Letters Home of Benton Hickok
Mr. Hickok describes C&GS surveying crew life during a the midst of the Great Depression.
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Earth Measurer - The Autobiography of Carl Aslakson
Pioneer in the truest sense of the word. Inventor of the sextometer and developer of Shoran to the installation of satellite and rocket tracking stations in the 1960's.

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Notes on Discipline at Sea
Captain Francis H. Hardy, Coast and Geodetic Survey, shares his views on maintaining discipline at sea -- some sound advice for leaders at sea and ashore.
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NOAA Corps Reflections "Knox Here"
Biographical sketch of Rear Admiral Robert W. Knox, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS) (Ret.).

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Harry Garber's Rock
Biographical sketch of Rear Admiral Harry Garber.
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Personal Memoir of Angelo Ferrara
Angelo Ferrara describes highlights of his 33 year service in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
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Marvin & Marion Paulson
A Travelogue and Memories

Captain Marvin Paulson, Coast and Geodetic Survey (retired), shares the following memoir that he wrote for his family in 2001.
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Recollections of Whistler While in the Office of the United States Coast Survey
Account by John Ross Key, grandson of Francis Scott Key.



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