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