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Starboard side view of the McARTHUR as it prepares to tie
up at Key West Harbor.

Twin diesel, length 175 feet, beam 38 feet, draft 12.1 feet. Built at Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock, Norfolk, Virginia, 1965. In service 1966-2003 in Pacific service. Began service career as a hydrographic survey vessel but became primary West Coast current survey vessel and thence conducted marine mammal surveys throughout eastern tropical Pacific for a number of years prior to decommissioning. Named for William Pope McArthur (1814-1850), who commanded the Coast Survey Schooner EWING on the first Coast Survey reconnaissance survey of the United States West Coast from San Francisco to the Columbia River entrance.

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

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