and Geodetic Survey Ship EXPLORER at anchor.
length 219.6 feet, beam 48 feet, draft 16 feet. Built by Lake Washington
Shipyard, Houghton, Washington, in 1940 for the Coast and Geodetic
Survey. Served in the Pacific for its first twenty years. Conducted
many frontline hydrographic and triangulation surveys in the Aleutians
during WWII and fought off an attacking Japanese plane on one occasion.
Transferred to East Coast in 1960 and conducted primarily oceanographic
work including operations on EQUALANT I and II, the first international
cooperative oceanographic/meteorological project with which an ancestor
agency of NOAA was involved. In service 1940-68.