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Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship ISIS. The ISIS was lost a few years later after striking a sunken barge off the coast of Florida.

Steamer, length 180.4 feet, beam 24.8 feet, draft 11.7 feet. Possibly bought from Boston sugar dealer John Spaulding as he had a yacht named “ISIS” in the early 1900’s. This was possibly the most beautiful ship ever operated by the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Ernest Lester Jones used it to ferry dignitaries about as well as for survey work. It served from 1917-1919 in the Navy during World War I. It was lost in 1920 on the Florida coast as the result of striking a submerged obstruction during hydrographic surveys. In service 1915-1920 on Atlantic coast except Navy time. Named for the Egyptian goddess Isis, variously described as goddess of Earth, Moon, Sky, fertility, and motherhood.

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

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