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Stories and tales of the coast and geodetic survey - philippine tales

Coast Surveyors followed the flag
- the Texas Coast in the 1840's, the West Coast in the late 1840's, Alaska after its purchase in 1867, and then, the grandest of adventures, the Philippines following the Spanish-American War. Seemingly impassable jungles; jewel-like coral atolls and giant volcanoes piercing the clouds; giant cobras, boa constrictors, and salt-water crocodiles; buck-naked stone-age bushmen and juramentado natives for whom the 45-caliber pistol was invented and became standard issue; 7,000 islands and 700 dialects; azure seas with gorgeous sunsets that could be whipped to a frenzy by all too frequent typhoons. These were the Philippines. Come share this grandest of adventures ....

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The Geodetic Control of Northern Luzon
The Coast and Geodetic Survey followed the flag to the Philippine Islands following the Spanish-American War to establish a triangulation scheme through 200 miles of mountains and jungle.

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The Philippines by Captain Thomas J. Maher, C&GS
This account is a chapter in Captain Maher's autobiography, Around the World in Forty Years. Captain Maher was of the old school of surveyors who called it as they saw it and he offered an unembellished view of the world that he observed.

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Unfortunate Accident to Party on the Ship Fathomer
Small boat work in support of surveying operations has always been hazardous. Landing on rock-bound coasts or traveling miles through rough seas in small boats was a day to day event with the survey parties of the Coast and Geodetic Survey. This is the tragic account of one survey party whose luck ran out.

The Stranding and Salvaging of the Fathomer
In 1936 the eye of a great typhoon passed directly over the Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship FATHOMER which had taken refuge at San Vicente Bay, northern Luzon. This account describes the typhoon and the actions of the officers and crew of the FATHOMER in saving themselves and the ship.

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Surveying the Philippine Islands
Some of the experiences of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in the First Charting of these Islands, Which is Now Nearing Completion.

Publication of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Central Library.

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