Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship PIONEER.
This was the first PIONEER.
length 187 feet, beam 35.6 feet, draft 12.6 feet. Built in 1918 at
Gas Engine and Power Company, Morris Heights, New York. Ex USS OSPREY
AM-29, Helped clear the mines laid down in the North Sea Barrage following
the signing of the Armistice. Because of original name, this ship
and the DISCOVERER and GUIDE were known as the bird boats. In service
1922-1941. Served on the West Coast and Alaska. With the beginning
of World War II, the PIONEER was returned to the Navy and renamed
the USS CRUSADER. The PIONEER is commemorated by the geographic features
named Pioneer Seamount and Pioneer Canyon.