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Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer THOMAS R. GEDNEY. In service
1875-1915. Pacific service. Dressed ship for holiday.

Steamer, length 140 feet, beam 23.8 feet, draft 8.4 feet. Built by C. H. Decameter at New York, New York in 1875 for $63,400 of composite wood and iron. Steam and sail schooner. Atlantic and Pacific service with much duty in Alaska. 1876, 77, 1879, 1880, 81, 82, 83, 84 Named for Commander Thomas R. Gedney, USN, who with George S. Blake, was one of the two earliest senior naval officers attached to the Coast Survey. He commanded the Coast Survey’s first hydrographic vessel, the JERSEY, in 1834 and in 1835 discovered the famed Gedney Channel into New York Harbor. Gedney was instrumental in foiling an assassination attempt on President Andrew Jackson on January 31, 1835 at much peril to his own life. Gedney is best known for his role as commanding officer of the Coast Survey Brig WASHINGTON when it took possession of the ship AMISTAD in Long Island Sound and began a series of incidents that led to the freeing of the slave cargo and their leader Cinque. Gedney joined the Navy in 1815, died 1857.

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