and Geodetic Survey Ship SOSBEE. In service 1945-1961. Atlantic
service. Vessel used primarily to test new equipment.
length 68 feet, beam 16.6 feet, draft 5.5 feet. Built in 1930 by Hoggson
Brothers at Booth Bay, Maine. In service 1945-1961 on Atlantic and
Gulf Coast. The Sosbee was used as a test platform for various types
of electronic navigation and other hydrographic equipment for a number
of years. Named for Lt.(j.g.) Joseph D. Sosbee, United States Coast
and Geodetic Survey, who lost his life July 18, 1943, in the crash
of a Coast Guard PBY-5A on Mount Moffat, Adak, Aleutian Islands. Lt.
(j.g.) Sosbee was the head of a photogrammetric mission utilizing
the C&GS nine-lens camera for defense related work in the Aleutians
at that time.