launch, length 78.1 feet, beam 20.3 feet, draft 9 feet. Acquired
from Navy in 1941, ex- USS MIDNIGHT SUN YP-96. In service 1941-42
in Pacific. Named for John F. Pratt (1848-1929). He served on
the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for 49 years from 1871 until
1920. He was commanding officer of the PATTERSON in Alaskan
waters, the first PATHFINDER in the Philippines, and was associated
also with the survey of the 141st Meridian along the Alaska-Canada
boundary. He took a leave of absence in 1905 and commanded the
Carnegie Institution vessel GALILEE in its first magnetic survey
in the Pacific Ocean.
length 60 feet, beam 21 feet, draft 4.5 feet. Built by Fardy
and Woodall in 1873 at Baltimore, Maryland. In service 1873-1899
on the Atlantic Coast. Possibility that this is the same vessel
as the SPEEDWELL which is listed in service from 1874-1876 in
Coast Survey Annual Reports.
built by William E. Woodall, Baltimore, Maryland in 1875 at
a cost of $17,500. In service 1875-1886.
length 75 feet, beam 24 feet, draft 6.5 feet. Built in 1873
at a cost of $18,069. In service 1874-1886.