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CHARLES S. PEIRCE

NOAA Ship PEIRCE
NOAA Ship PEIRCE.

Twin diesel, length 165 feet, beam 33 feet, draft 11.2 feet. In service 1962-1985. Named for Charles Saunders Peirce (1839-1914), son of Benjamin Peirce, and one of the greatest of American intellectuals. Charles Peirce served with the Coast Survey for thirty years and was famous in many branches of the physical sciences as well as being a founder of the branch of philosophy known as pragmatism. He was the first to conceive an electric switching computer, the first to relate a standard of length to the wavelength of light, and the first to comprehend the spiral nature of our galaxy among other accomplishments. After a series of reversals, he died in poverty and relative obscurity.


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