Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship PARKER.
length 111.5 feet, beam 18.7 feet, draft 6.8 feet. Built at Elizabeth
City Shipyard, Elizabeth City, North Carolina in 1943 for the Navy.
Ex SC 1277, acquired from Navy in 1946. In service 1946-1957 when
it was sold to Boston Metals at Baltimore, Maryland. Named for Captain
William Parker (___ -1942) who served in the Coast and Geodetic Survey
from 1901-1934. Captain Parker served on both coasts of the contiguous
United States, and in Alaska, the Philippine Islands, Puerto Rico
and Panama. He served as the Chief of the Divison of Hydrography and
Topography from 1919 to 1931 at which time he was made commanding
officer of the newly commissioned ship HYDROGRAPHER until his retirement