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Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer HASSLER

Steamer, length 159.5 feet, beam 24.6 feet, draft 12 feet. Built by Dialogue and Wood at Camden, New Jersey in 1871 at a cost of $62,000. In service 1871-1895 on Pacific coast and in Alaskan waters. Proceeded to the West Coast via the Straits of Magellan in 1872. Louis Agassiz and Louis F. de Pourtales accompanied this trip and collected many specimens. Hassler Glacier in the Straits of Magellan was named for this ship as a result of this trip. The HASSLER also stopped in the Galapagos before proceeding to San Francisco. Deepsea dredging was planned but rotten hemp rope frustrated these efforts. Thus, the HASSLER was not the first vessel to successfully attempt a major deep sea dredging expedition with that honor passing to the CHALLENGER . The HASSLER conducted hydrographic surveys on the West Coast and spent many seasons in Alaska for the duration of its career. Named for Ferdinand Hassler, first Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey.

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