E. W. Eickelberg,
Hydrographic and Geodetic Engineer
Commanding, U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship GUIDE
(From the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
FIELD ENGINEERS BULLETIN
No. 13, December 1939, pp. 73-78.)
past season marks the beginning of a concerted program to expedite
the charting of the Bering Sea area, a résumé
of the experiences encountered should prove of value for future
year in this region has revealed the enormous extent of this
project. Because of the short working season, the small number
of working days during the season and the comparatively shallow
water requiring closely spaced sounding lines as far as sixty
miles offshore, the survey of the Bristol Bay area from Cape
Sarichef to Cape Peirce looms as an undertaking which will require
many years for completion.
in this area but in the large unsurveyed area to the northward
of Cape Peirce there is considerable steamship traffic by large
vessels. From the shipowners operating in this territory increasing
complaints may be expected about the inadequacy of present surveys.
Many geographical features along the north shore of Bristol
Bay are reported to be as much as ten miles out of position,
and some of the charted bays are reported not even existent.
In many respects this area is of far more importance than that
of the Aleutian Islands, since there is no commercial traffic
to the west of Dutch Harbor. What little service is required
by the cattlemen and trappers is furnished by a small trading
schooner, whose captain navigates by local knowledge as far
as Attu Island at the western extremity of the Aleutian Islands.
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