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Francis H. Hardy, hydrographic and geodetic engineer with the relative rank of Captain in the Navy, retired April 30, 1941, on his own request after a service of nearly 37 years.

Born in Dover, New Hampshire, on February 15, 1881, where he received his early education, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1904 at Dartmouth College, and entered this Bureau on July 2, 1904. He had extensive sea duty on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States and in the Philippine Islands and Alaska. At various periods he served as commanding officer of the launch YUKON and the Survey Ships GEDNEY, EXPLORER (old), GUIDE, and SURVEYOR. He was inspector of construction of the latter vessel, which he took from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where it was constructed, to Washington, D. C., and later from the east to the west coast.

His office assignments included duty in the Washington Office as assistant chief of the Division of Hydrography and Topography, and on three occasions he was inspector in charge of the Seattle Field Station, which position he held at the time of retirement. Captain Hardy is now living at Sheridan Beach, Washington.

Captain Francis H. Hardy, 85, passed away in Seattle on December 14, 1966. Born in Dover, New Hampshire, he went to sea with his father when he was 2 years old and made several trips throughout the world. He joined the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1904 following his graduation from Dartmouth College. He retired in 1941, then was recalled to active duty from September 1942 until February 1946.

During his 40 years of active duty, Captain Hardy served for over 21 years aboard various ships, including 18 months during World War I as Executive Officer of a Navy troop transport. He commanded the Coast and Geodetic Survey's Ships PATTERSON, GEDNEY, SURVEYOR, EXPLORER, and GUIDE. He was assigned to Washington from 1921 to 1926 as Chief, Field World Section.

Survivors include a son, Howard H. Hardy, Hoquiam, Washington, a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Putney, Edmonds, Washington, and nine grandchildren.

C&GS BULLETIN, 5/31/1941
ESSA CORPS BULLETIN, Vol. 1, No. 6, 1/3/1967


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