Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer HASSLER
length 159.5 feet, beam 24.6 feet, draft 12 feet. Built by Dialogue
and Wood at Camden, New Jersey in 1871 at a cost of $62,000. In service
1871-1895 on Pacific coast and in Alaskan waters. Proceeded to the
West Coast via the Straits of Magellan in 1872. Louis Agassiz and
Louis F. de Pourtales accompanied this trip and collected many specimens.
Hassler Glacier in the Straits of Magellan was named for this ship
as a result of this trip. The HASSLER also stopped in the Galapagos
before proceeding to San Francisco. Deepsea dredging was planned but
rotten hemp rope frustrated these efforts. Thus, the HASSLER was not
the first vessel to successfully attempt a major deep sea dredging
expedition with that honor passing to the CHALLENGER . The HASSLER
conducted hydrographic surveys on the West Coast and spent many seasons
in Alaska for the duration of its career. Named for Ferdinand Hassler,
first Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey.