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Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship GILBERT. The GILBERT was named for C&GS Captain John J. Gilbert who served 57 years with the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Launch, diesel. Length 77.5 feet, beam 16.5 feet, draft 7.5 feet. Built by Latham D. Smith at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in 1929. In service 1930-1962 on Atlantic coast. Named for Coast and Geodetic Survey Captain John Jacob Gilbert (1845-1929), who served on the Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1864-1921. Captain Gilbert commanded the old PATHFINDER when it sailed through the Straits of Magellan to Seattle and thence to its first work in Alaska in 1899. The PATHFINDER was then ordered directly to the Philippine Islands from its Alaska working grounds and sailed from Dutch Harbor to Manila. He was also Chief of Hydrographic Operations and Vessel operations.

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