and Geodetic Survey Ship STIRNI. This ship was named in memory
of Lt. (j.g.) Joseph Stirni, USC&GS, who was killed while
a Japanese prisoner of war in 1945. He was killed by a U. S.
bomb hitting the ship he was being transported to Japan on from
the Philippine Islands.
diesel, length 111.5 feet, beam 18.7 feet, draft 6.8 feet. Built by
Calderwood Shipyard, Manchester, Massachusetts in 1943. Acquired from
Navy, ex SC 1358. In service 1946-1957 on Atlantic coast. Named for
Lieutenant Joseph Stirni, Coast and Geodetic Survey, who fought in
the Philippine Islands until the fall of Corregidor with the U. S.
Navy, taken prisoner-of-war, and then while being transported to Japan
in the “hell-ship” Enoura Maru, he was killed by American
bombing of this unmarked in Takao, Formosa, January 9, 1945.