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a.d. bache
Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer A. D. BACHE. In service 1871-1900.
Atlantic service.

Steamer, length 153.2 feet , beam 26.2 feet, draft 15 feet. Built by Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, Delaware in 1871. Sail and steam. In service 1871-1902. Primarily Atlantic service. Did first offshore dredging work for Fish Commission in 1872 and subsequently used in many cooperative projects with the Fish Commission. Named for Alexander Dallas Bache (1806-1867), second Superintendent of the Coast Survey, at various times served as President of the American Association for Advancement of Science and President of American Philosophical Society; an incorporator and regent of the Smithsonian Institution; a founder and first President of the National Academy of Sciences; Vice President of the American Sanitary Commission, a forerunner of the American Red Cross, during the Civil War; and recipient of many awards from foreign governments and scientific societies for his guidance of the Coast Survey.

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