launch MITCHELL. Conducting current surveys.
launch, twin engine, length 60 feet, beam 14.8 feet, draft 4.6 feet.
Built in 1919 at Canton Lumber Company in Baltimore, Maryland, at
a cost of $12,000. In service 1919-1944. Named for Henry Mitchell
(1830-1902) of the U.S. Coast Survey who was a pioneer in the study
of the physical oceanography of estuaries and harbors. He was the
brother of the famed astronomer Maria Mitchell and a noted scientist
who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.