and Geodetic Survey Ship FATHOMER
length 152 feet, beam 25 feet, draft 9.4 feet. Built at Hong Kong
Dock Company, Hong Kong, in 1904. This vessel was transferred to the
Philippine government in 1905 (Ex AGL ORCHID , Coast Guard lighthouse
tender.) It survived many typhoons in its career in the Philippines,
the most famous being the typhoon of August 15, 1936, at Port San
Vicente, Luzon. The ship was lost at the fall of Bataan in 1942. Philippine
Islands service, 1905-1941.