and Geodetic Survey Steamer MCARTHUR I. In service 1876-1915.
Exclusively Alaska service. Note white hull and house flag.
length 121.5 feet, beam 20 feet, draft 7 feet. Built at Mare Island
Naval Shipyard in San Francisco Bay in 1874. In service 1876-1915.
Named for William Pope McArthur (1814-1850), who commanded the Coast
Survey Schooner EWING on the first Coast Survey reconnaissance survey
of the United States West Coast from San Francisco to the Columbia
River entrance. Used almost exclusively in Alaskan waters. McArthur
Peak, Port McArthur, and McArthur Reef, all in Alaska, were named
for the first ship McARTHUR.