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JOSEPH HENRY

Schooner, length 70 feet, beam 20 feet, draft 2.8 feet. Built by Fardy and Brothers at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1853. Atlantic service only 1853-1875. Sold in 1875. Named for Alexander Dallas Bache’s good friend and colleague, Joseph Henry, first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

HETZEL

Side wheel steamer, length 150 feet, beam 22 feet, draft 7.5 feet. Vessel obtained from Army Quartermaster Corps following Mexican War in 1849. Atlantic service only 1849-1874. Served under Navy command 1861-64. Suffered boiler explosion in August, 1855, killing six men. Served with the Navy in the sounds of North Carolina as a gunboat and saw much action during the Civil War. After the war its condition had deteriorated to the point that it was used only for housing for survey crews and towed from one working area to another until abandoned in 1874. Beginning in 1868 towed and used only for living quarters. In 1872 sunk at anchorage in Edenton Bay and raised and used again for housing until abandoned in 1874. Named for Captain Abner Hetzel, Army Quartermaster Corps, who was killed in the Mexican War.

HITCHCOCK

Steamer, length 86 feet, beam 19 feet, draft 3.5 feet. Built by Fardy and Woodall at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1871. In service 1871-1889 on Atlantic Coast. In service 1871-1889 when laid up at Morgan City, Louisiana. Sold 1891. Probably named for Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864), geologist, educator, President of Amherst, and Congregationalist minister. Hitchcock espoused the harmony of science and religion, a viewpoint shared by Alexander Dallas Bache and Benjamin Peirce.

HUMBOLDT

Schooner, length 76 feet, beam 21 feet, draft 5 feet. Built in 1854 specifically for duty on the Pacific coast of the United States, it is one of two Coast Survey ships (EWING the other) to have rounded Cape Horn during transit to western coast. For most of its west coast duty it served as transportation for the party of Assistant William E. Greenwell, who served as triangulation party chief and senior Coast Surveyor in the Southern California – Channel Islands region. In 1871, it served under Assistant William Healey Dall in the Coast Survey’s first reconnaissance of the Aleutian Islands and southwestern Alaska area following its purchase in 1871. In service 1855-1872. Named for the great European geographer and scientist Alexander Humboldt.


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