diesel, length 163 feet, beam 33 feet, draft 11.2 feet. Built at Marietta
Manufacturing Company, Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia, for $2,300,000.
In service 1963-2003. This vessel conducted hydrographic surveys on
the United States Atlantic coast, Gulf Coast, and in U.S. territories
in the Caribbean Sea. Named for Henry Laurens Whiting (1821-1897),
the most accomplished and most productive Coast and Geodetic Survey
topographer of the Nineteenth Century. Whiting conducted surveys related
to the defenses of Washington, D.C. and military activity in the region
during the Civil War. During his fifty-nine year career with the Survey,
Whiting served under eight Superintendents beginning with Ferdinand
Hassler. He served on the Boston Harbor Commission and the Mississippi
River Commission as well.