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Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship BOWIE with the Golden Gate Bridge
in the background.

Twin diesel, length 136 feet, beam 24.5 feet, draft 8 feet. Built in 1943 at Greenport Construction Company in Greenport, Connecticut. Ex PCS1405. Pacific service only from 1946-1967. Served on West Coast and Alaska. Transferred from Navy October 3, 1946. Named BOWIE on November 11, 1946, and decommissioned February 1, 1967. Named for the Captain William Bowie (1872-1940), USC&GS, head of the Division of Geodesy for many years, credited with proving the theory of isostasy, and a founder of the American Geophysical Union. The AGU’s most prestigious medal, the Bowie Medal, is named for Captain Bowie.

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