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The Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship PATHFINDER in the Philippines in the early 1900's. This was the first PATHFINDER.

Steamer, length 193 feet, beam 33.5 feet, draft 13 feet. Built in 1898 at Crescent Shipyard at Morris Heights, New Jersey at a cost of $169,993. In service 1899-1940. this vessel was built specifically for Alaska service and proceeded to the Pacific Ocean via the Straits of Magellan under Captain John F. Pratt of the Coast and Geodetic Survey for the Alaska working grounds. At the end of its first season in Alaska, it was ordered to proceed to the Philippine Islands to conduct much-needed hydrographic surveys in support of U.S. forces operating in the islands following the Spanish-American war. Served the remainder of its career in the Philippines and was lost in 1942.

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