side view of the McARTHUR as it prepares to tie
up at Key West Harbor.
diesel, length 175 feet, beam 38 feet, draft 12.1 feet. Built at Norfolk
Shipbuilding and Drydock, Norfolk, Virginia, 1965. In service 1966-2003
in Pacific service. Began service career as a hydrographic survey
vessel but became primary West Coast current survey vessel and thence
conducted marine mammal surveys throughout eastern tropical Pacific
for a number of years prior to decommissioning. 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.