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Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship COWIE. This vessel was named in
honor of Commander George D. Cowie, former head of the
Philippine Coast Survey, who was killed in a Japanese bombing
raid on Manila in late 1941.

Twin diesel, length 103 feet, beam 18.5 feet, draft 6.8 feet. Built by Great Lakes Boat Building Company, Chicago, Illinois, as a yacht named RHEA III. In 1941 this vessel was purchased for $25,000 from Frank Wilson of Belfast, Maine. Sold in 1962 to Hurst and Watson for $5007.11. The vessel was originally meant to be re-named the PERKINS, for Coast and Geodetic Survey officer Frank Wally Perkins, but was renamed the COWIE in early 1942 in honor of Commander George D. Cowie (1888-1941), United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, who was killed in a bombing raid on Manila on Christmas Eve, 1941.

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

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